SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Residents were updated about two housing developments proposed in Scotch Plains at the Tuesday, July 9, public meeting of the township’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.
Urban planner Michael Mistretta of Harbor Consultants made a presentation on the planned housing developments that are targeted to be built at 2344 North Ave. (intersection of Westfield Road, next to Charlie Brown's) and at the Amberg Garden Center property on Lamberts Mill Road on the south side of town.
According to Mistretta's presentation, in September 2015, the Scotch Plains Zoning Board denied a variance application for 20 apartments at 2344 North Ave. by applicant WRV Partnership. Later, WRV Partnership becomes an interested party in Scotch Plains’ affordable housing compliance and can take court action known as the "builder's remedy" to compel the Township to allow for new units to be constructed at the North Ave. property.
|North Ave. Proposal||Previous||2019|
|# of Apartment Buildings||7||5|
|# of Apartments Units||20||7|
|# of Townhouses||5||5|
|Building Height (Stories)||3 stories||2.5 stories|
|Building Height (Feet)||35 ft.||35 ft.|
At the upcoming Scotch Plains Township Council meeting on July 16, the governing body will hold public hearings on two ordinances related to development of the North Ave. and Amberg properties.
The North Avenue project will consist of 12 units (with two affordable units), while the larger Amberg development will be comprised of 125 units (with 19 affordable units).
Just as he has done previously, Mayor Al Smith again encouraged residents unhappy with the amount of court-mandated affordable housing that has been imposed on Scotch Plains to make their concerns known to state legislators. He suggested that residents call and encourage state lawmakers to pass several reform measures that could reduce court-imposed affordable housing mandates in the township.
Unless the laws change, Scotch Plains can expect the development of literally thousands of housing units that include 15-20% units earmarked as "affordable."
To view the video of the July 9 Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meeting, click here.