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River Road Redevelopment


The following provides an overview and chronology of the redevelopment planning effort for River Road.  It also provides links to related documents, presentations and videos. Please send your comments and questions to riverroadredevelopment@chathamborough.org

In August of 2018, the Borough of Chatham began a process to identify and designate an area at the intersection River Road and Watchung Avenue as an Area in Need of Redevelopment in accordance with the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law. 

The objective of the River Road Redevelopment Investigation and Planning Study was to enable the Borough to plan for the future development of River Road so that it is integrated, both physically and socially, into the eastern Gateway area.

New Jersey’s Local Redevelopment and Housing Law empowers local governments to initiate a process by which designated properties that meet certain criteria can be transformed to advance the public interest.  Once an area is designated “in need of redevelopment,” a municipality may adopt a redevelopment plan and employ several planning and financial tools to make redevelopment projects more feasible.