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River Road Investigation and Planning Timeline

September 5, 2018

[Step 1 of 7]  See the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law

The Borough Council adopted Resolution #18-265 directing the Planning Board to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether the River Road Study Area designated as Block 135, Lots 9, 10, and 11 (the “Study Area”) qualifies as a non-condemnation  Area in Need of Redevelopment under the criteria set forth in the Redevelopment Law [N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-5].

September 18, 2018

Phil Abramson and Annie Hindenlang, licensed planners with the professional planning firm Topology, were retained by the Mayor and Council to begin the process to investigate whether the area at the intersection of River Road and Watchung is an Area in Need of Redevelopment.

October 19, 2018

[Step 2]

Topology submitted a draft of its investigation of the Study Area entitled,  Preliminary Investigation of River Road North, Chatham Borough New Jersey,  dated October 19, 2018 (the “Redevelopment Investigation Report”), authorized by the Planning Board.

November 7, 2018

[Step 3]

At its November 7, 2018 meeting, the Planning Board conducted a public hearing on the October 19th Preliminary Investigation Report. The investigation report concluded that the study area conforms with various redevelopment criteria under Section 5 of the Redevelopment Law [N.J.S.A. 40 A:12A-5]. The Planning Board subsequently adopted a Memorializing Resolution based on Mr. Abramson’s testimony and presentation of the Preliminary Investigation and the comments from the public, which accepted the findings of the Redevelopment Investigation Report that Block 135, Lots 9, 10, and 11 (the “Study Area”) met the criteria for designation as a non-condemnation Area in Need of Redevelopment. 

November 26, 2018

[Step 4]

Mr. Phil Abramson presented the revised River Road Preliminary Investigation Report, dated November 7, 2018 to the Mayor and Council to reflect comments from the Planning Board public hearing. TheBorough Council subsequently adopted Resolution #18-331, which accepted the conclusions of the River Road Preliminary Investigation Report, dated October 19, 2018 and the Planning Board’s recommendation to designate the River Road Study Area as a non-condemnation “Area in Need of Redevelopment” pursuant to the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.

April 22, 2019

[Step 5]

Topology submitted a draft Redevelopment Plan to the borough.

May 1, 2019

Topology presented the draft Redevelopment Plan to the Planning Board and the Mayor and Council in a joint meeting. 

May 6, 2019

Topology submitted the River Road Redevelopment Plan, dated May 6 th , 2019 to the Borough.

May 13, 2019

First reading of Borough Ordinance #19-11 to adopt the River Road Redevelopment Plan. 

May 15, 2019

The Chatham Borough Planning Board reviewed the River Road Redevelopment Plan for consistency with the Borough Master Plan.

May 28, 2019

The Chatham Borough Council adopts resolution #19-204identifying the Borough Council as the Redevelopment Entity.

June 10, 2019

[Step 6]

Second reading and adoption of Borough Ordinance #19-11 to adopt the River Road Redevelopment Plan.

​June 24, 2019

[Step 7]

The Chatham Borough Council adopts resolution #19-229 designating Chatham River Road Partners, LLC as the redeveloper for the River Road Redevelopment Area. 

Future Steps

The Designated Redeveloper is refining a proposed redevelopment project based off of fiscal and traffic analyses.The Designated Redeveloper will vet this proposal through public engagement. Once aproject concept and the Redevelopment Agreement is finalized, the DesignatedRedeveloper will present a site plan to the Planning Board for final approval.  Upon obtaining that approval and the necessary construction permits, the Designated Redeveloper can begin construction.