West Caldwell Council Adopts Ordinance on Land Use and Self-Storage Facilities

WEST CALDWELL, NJ – An ordinance regarding land-use procedures and permitting self-storage facilities was adopted by the West Caldwell Township Council at its public meeting on Tuesday.

“Fifty-to-60 years ago, self-storage facilities were outlawed in this town,” said West Caldwell Mayor Joseph Tempesta. “With this ordinance, it allows us to have one in the township’s M-1 limited manufacturing district, if it is compliant with certain conditions.”

Some conditions include operating the facility from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., allowing access control, keeping a record of people entering and leaving, and allowing police to have right of entry in common areas.

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During the council meeting, a concerned citizen asked how the township would control what is put into the storage facility.

“We don’t know what’s in the warehouses now, but they have to follow certain guidelines and keep a record of what is being brought into the warehouses,” said Tempesta.

Another citizen was concerned about the lighting in the parking lot, but Tempesta said the town would attempt to control the brightness.

Municipal Attorney Paul Jemas said that this is a “very conditional ordinance.”

“I wanted an ordinance in place,” said Tempesta.

Immediately following the next regular public meeting of the West Caldwell mayor and council on Tuesday, Oct. 3, the mayor and council will host a Newcomers’ Open House for those who have moved to West Caldwell within the past two years. The meeting will be moved to 6:30 p.m. with the open house following at 7:30 p.m.

The get-together will be held in the public meeting room of the municipal building, located at 30 Clinton Road in West Caldwell. Those who would like to attend should call Mary Donovan at (973) 226-2300.

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