Millburn Historical Preservation Board Approves Developments Amid Neighbor Concerns

The Millburn Town Historical Preservation Board recently approved several developments in the historic district, including projects on Stewart Road and Chestnut Street. These approvals came despite concerns from community members and neighboring property owners. The meeting also discussed a front yard setback definition and the construction of a new single-family residence in the Short Hill Park historic district.

The meeting kicked off with the review of application 557 on Stewart Road, a non-contributing property in the Short Hills Park historic district. The applicant, John Gazman, proposed a stone driveway finish, widened portico, and expanded patio and garage. The commission, after a discussion around zoning adjustments and the driveway width, approved the application.

Meanwhile, a project on Chestnut Street drew attention and debate. Amar Kumar and N. Singh, the property owners, alongside their architect, Douglas Miller, presented plans for exterior improvements, including a new two-story addition with an attached garage and driveway, a rear upper deck, and landscape modifications. The proposition aimed to modernize the house while preserving its historic character.

However, the proposal sparked opposition from Daniel and Eva Weinstein, owners of the neighboring property on Chestnut Street. They highlighted potential issues, such as increased water runoff from the proposed driveway and loss of privacy due to tree removal. They also expressed concerns about the potential impact on the neighborhood’s overall character. In response, Mr. Singh outlined the measures taken to address these concerns, including clearing overgrown vegetation, implementing water runoff solutions, and planning for replacement trees.

The Historical Preservation Board, led by Alison Canfield, engaged in a discussion regarding the project, focusing on the project’s compliance with town regulations and potential need for variances. The board members probed the specifics of front yard setback requirements and implications of the proposed design. The dialogue emphasized the importance of balancing preservation considerations with the property owners’ interests and the neighborhood’s character.

In another significant item, an applicant requested clarity on a front yard setback definition, voicing concerns about a recent ordinance change that could require many houses with additions to seek variances. After discussions, the board approved the application, with some members supporting the addition of a garage as consistent with town regulations.

The board also reviewed a proposal for a new single-family residence in the Short Hills Park historic district by Bernardine W. After reviewing minor changes to the original plan and receiving a positive recommendation from the town’s consultant, David Barton, the board approved the application.

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.

Maggie Miggins
Historic Preservation Commission Officials:
Alison Canfield, Elizabeth Wanga, Robert Frenkel, Karen Gaylord, Zachary J. Davis, Jessica Glatt, Bruce Kramer, David Barton (Alternate 2), Maggee Miggins (Township Committee Liaison), Crystal Woods (Secretary)

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