WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council introduced nine new land use ordinances Tuesday night in accordance with the settlement that the town reached with the Fair Share Housing Center in November.

Seven of the ordinances will create “overlay” zones that give property owners the option to build multi-family housing that includes affordable units in the future. The other two change the density requirements in two other zones.

“This settlement has been years in the making,” Mayor Shelley Brindle said. “And once these ordinances are adopted it will put Westfield in control of its own future development. We’ll be sending out more detailed information to the public in the next week or so, including a detailed FAQ sheet and we welcome public comments.”

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The ordinances will go next  to the planning board and will require a public hearing and second vote by the council before they can go into effect.

The agreement puts Westfield well ahead other municipalities, according to Brindle.

“My hat’s off to the previous council, to [Town Administrator] Jim [Gildea], to [Town Planner] Don Sammet and to our COAH council for a job well done,” she said.