Westfield Town Council Approves New Rules for Short-Term Home Rentals

June 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved an ordinance that puts regulations on short-term home rentals (such as those done through Airbnb) during its meeting Tuesday night. It is the first time the town has regulated such rentals.

Among the rules included in the ordinance:

Anyone who rents out more than five homes must register with the town.
The person offering ...

Westfield Featured on Cover of AARP’s ‘Where We Live’

WESTFIELD, NJ — A photo of the parklet used in Downtown Westfield last year graces the cover of AARP's third annual “Where We Live: Communities for All Ages” series, out this month.

Creative work from communities across the nation is showcased in this edition, which is available for free. The publication shares more than 100 articles and dozens of ...

Owners of Westfield’s Historic Pierson-Clark Home May Donate It

WESTFIELD, NJ — One of Westfield’s oldest houses, the Pierson-Clark home located at 1481 East Broad St., is back on the market. The owners are willing to donate it to any individual or organization who is willing to pay to move it or buy the land*, according to Historic Preservation Commission Chair Kelly Kessler, Mayor Shelley Brindle and Westfield Historical Society President Nancy ...

Westfield Town Council Introduces Revised Ordinance to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council introduced a revised version of an ordinance that would put regulations on short-term home rentals (such as those done through Airbnb) during its meeting Tuesday night. The ordinance, which was first discussed publicly by the council in March, was changed slightly based on input from the planning board.

“Right now there’s ...

Westfield Planning Board Denies Subdivision Over Safety Concerns

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Planning Board unanimously denied an application to subdivide 226 Lynn Lane at Monday night’s meeting.

If approved, the lot, which currently houses one single-family home, would have been subdivided into two lots with a new single-family home facing a curve on Springfield Avenue.

“We can reasonably build a house here that is not unusual and ...

Westfield Historic Preservation Commission Hosts State Historic Preservation Specialist

WESTFIELD, NJ – Jonathan Kinney, state historic preservation specialist and certified local government coordinator of the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, spoke during Monday’s Historic Preservation Commission speaker series to drive awareness of preservation regulations and benefits.

“Historic preservation, particularly preservation at the local level, ...

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Westfield Historic Preservation Commission Presents Devlin Awards

June 18, 2018

The Westfield Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) presented its Harry Devlin Awards for outstanding efforts in restoring, expanding or updating older properties to 12 property owners at a reception in the Community Room of town hall on Thursday, June 14.  A special award was given to Helaine Donnelly and Pat Velderman in recognition of their work to establish the Kimball Avenue ...