Planning Board Meets Tonight To Discuss Gypsum Property

CLARK – The Planning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. tonight, March 7, to discuss a planning report that suggests Clark should re-zone a 28-acre property on Raritan Road that was formerly the site of a factory operated by U.S. Gypsum.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers above the police station at 315 Westfield Avenue, Clark.

According to the minutes of the Planning Board’s Feb. 7 meeting, the plan, prepared by Planner Kevin O’Brien of Shamrock Enterprises and Town Engineer Richard O’Connor, suggests zoning the property as part of a “Limited Commercial Industrial” district that could be developed as a new town center with retail and office space in “a park like setting with tree-lined streets” and with “a central architectural focus such as a fountain, plaza, clock tower or landscaped boulevard.”

O’Brien said that the project “will have to be extremely well-buffered, in particular towards Walnut Avenue where we have a large residential area.”

“The township is taking traffic in this instance very seriously,” O’Connor said. “We’ve retained Gordon Meth from RBA group to act as the township’s traffic consultant in that regard. And as an application comes forward, the township will be taking advantage of Mr. Meth’s expertise to ensure that the intersection improvements that are necessary minimize the impact on traffic, if not eliminate impacts on traffic on this area as a whole. We’re very conscious of complaints that currently exist and the need to not exacerbate any of those issues as we move forward.”

A special meeting to be held in the auditorium of Arthur L. Johnson High School is tentatively scheduled for March 19 to present the plan to the public.

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