Cranbury Zoning Board Elects New Chair and Vice Chair for 2024

In a development during the latest meeting of the Cranbury Zoning Board, Merilee Meacock was elected as the new Chair for the year 2024, with David Nissen securing the position of Vice Chair.

The meeting commenced with the swearing-in of Robert Diamond. Following the pledge, the Board carried out its annual reorganization, which included the election of officers and appointment of Board professionals. Merilee Meacock was unanimously chosen as Chair, with David Nissen similarly receiving full support to continue as Vice Chair. The nominations for both roles were met with a positive response.

The Board also assigned representatives to the Development Review Committee (DRC), with Richard Kallan continuing his role and Joseph Buonavolonta being nominated as an alternate. The DRC plays a role in the preliminary review of applications, determining their path towards the zoning or planning boards. This ensures that the town’s development is managed efficiently and in alignment with Cranbury’s growth objectives.

Furthermore, the Board confirmed its professional appointments for the year. Elizabeth Leheny will continue as Board Planner, Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq as Board Attorney, David Hoder as Board Engineer, with Thomas Decker serving as Conflict Board Engineer. Andrew Feranda will remain as Board Traffic Consultant, and David H. Horner will continue as Conflict Traffic Engineer.

Additionally, the Board approved the 2024 meeting calendar, with adjustments made to accommodate holidays. The designation of the newspapers for public notices was also confirmed, with the Cranbury Press joining the Trenton Times in disseminating information about the Board’s activities.

The Board reviewed and passed the annual report for 2023, which highlighted the appropriate nature of applications received in the past year. This was followed by the approval of the minutes from the November 1st meeting, concluding the formal business of the reorganization.

During the public comment segment, no substantial issues were raised by the attendees, allowing the meeting to adjourn swiftly. However, a notable mention was made towards the end of the meeting regarding a potential future application related to a cannabis business.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Michael J. Ferrante
Zoning Board Officials:
Merilee Meacock, David Nissen, Steven Schwarz, Joseph Buonavolonta, Richard Kallan, Robert Diamond, Gwen Parker, Francis McGovern, Saras Kothari, Robin Tillou (Land Use Administrator), Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq (Board Attorney), Elizabeth Leheny, PP (Board Planner), David Hoder, Pe, Pp, Cme, CPWM (Board Engineer), Andrew Feranda, P.E., Ptos, CME (Board Traffic Consultant), Thomas Decker, P.E. (Conflict Board Engineer), David H. Horner (Conflict Traffic Engineer), Lisa Kneirim (Committee Liaison)

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