Westfield Planning Board Approves Subdivision of Historic Property, Reviews Short-Term Rental Ordinance

April 17, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Planning Board unanimously approved an application to subdivide 667 Fourth Avenue at Monday night’s meeting.

The application was carried from last month’s meeting, at which the board heard lengthy testimony from several experts and members of the community, who voiced support for the subdivision. 

The house on that site was originally ...

New Rules Could Regulate Short-Term Home Rentals in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — A new ordinance under consideration by the Westfield Town Council would put regulations on short-term home rentals.

Ordinance 2104 stems from issues that were brought to the council’s attention more than a year ago, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said during the town council’s recent conference meeting.

“We had one or two instances in town where there ...

Landmark ‘Red Cross House’ in Westfield Demolished, Building Plans on Hold

WESTFIELD, NJ — A landmark building at 321 Elm St. that once housed the local Red Cross was demolished last week, making way for new construction.

Neal Acito, who sits on the Historic Preservation Commission, captured the demolition on video:

The property is owned by Ralph Rapuano of Elegant Homes and is zoned for a two-family residence, according to Town Planner Donald Sammet.

Westfield Historic Preservation Commission Reviews Mission Statement, Primary Goals

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Historic Preservation Commission shared updates and information on recent progress during Monday’s meeting. Updates included a draft for a new mission statement along with a draft of a new logo for the HPC.

“We are not only preserving the past, but also looking to the future,” said communications committee member Maria Boyes who explained ...

Westfield Town Council Endorses Housing Element and Fair Share Plan, Approves 9 Related Ordinances

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Town Council endorsed the Housing Element and Fair Share Plan and voted to approve nine ordinances on final reading during Tuesday’s town council meeting  in accordance with the settlement that the town reached with the Fair Share Housing Center in November.

Seven of the ordinances create “overlay” zones that allow ...

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Westfield's Historic Preservation Commission Kicks Off Speaker Series with Meet & Greet

April 20, 2018

Members of Westfield's Historic Preservation Commission kicked off their speaker series with an informal meet-and-greet in the Community Room of the Municipal Building last night. Residents who were interested in learning more about historic preservation joined homeowners of historically designated properties for a brief presentation by HPC members followed by Q&A and a lively ...