WHITE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A decision in White Township could hinder plans for a large-scale warehouse development.
Recently, a subcommittee re-examined the municipal master plan, and recommended that the site of a proposed 6 million square-foot warehouse complex be rezoned for residential use.
Plans were unveiled by developer, David Jaindl, back in April to install more than 6.3 million square feet of warehouse buildings over 592 acres in White Township.
Quickly after the details of “Jaindl Industrial Park” were released, a grass roots organization formed called, “Citizens for Sustainable Development” to fight the proposed park.
Members of the group, along with additional concerned residents, have spent lots of time raising awareness and actively opposing the campaign to install the warehouse complex. Many argued the industrial park would negatively affect local school bus routes, bring an unbearable surge of trucks and traffic to the area, and become a permanent pull off for truckers hitting their hours limit.
Research Director for Citizens for Sustainable Development, Dr. Chris Amato, praises the subcommittee’s decision to re-examine the municipal master plan.
“I think the township has done their due diligence. They’ve been very open and transparent in the process. It appears as though they followed due process letter of the law. It also appears they are trying to do what communities should do, and that is to stay consistent with their master plan. That’s in the best interest and protection for the residents,” states Amato.
“I’m disappointed with the direction this appears to be going,” says Attorney, Athony Sposaro, who represents developer David Jaindl.
Sposaro insists that his client will still move to develop the site. “Jaindl has attempted, and will continue to attempt, to sit down with the municipal officials to see if we can engage in a meaningful dialogue on the appropriate use of this property.”
As for the planning board, members have yet to vote on rezoning the lot – nor have they officially adopted any changes to the master plan. “It’s a work in progress,” says Board Chairman, Tim Matthews. “I think this subcommittee has a lot more work to do. I think we are a ways from getting a master plan amendment put forth. So, it’s something we are working on and we will see how it plays out,” adds Matthews.
For now, White Township’s planning board has chosen to make some alterations to the master plan amendments, before taking a vote on adoption.
Further discussions will take place at the next White Township meeting on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.