Piscataway Planning Board Contemplates Redevelopment and Variances

In a recent Piscataway Township Planning Board meeting, substantial deliberations centered on the redevelopment of two lots deemed in need and various applications seeking variances. The board extensively examined an area referred by the council for redevelopment, PepsiCo Beverages North America’s request for variances for signage and a CO2 Silo, and QTS Investment Properties LLC’s application for improvements to an existing data center.

The discussion was notably focused on the potential designation of Block 571 Lots 11 and 12, located on South Washington Avenue, as areas in need of redevelopment. This encompasses approximately 56 acres, primarily of vacant undeveloped land, excluding a single-family home on one of the lots. The presence of wetlands and a utility easement was cited as impediments to property improvement and land assemblage, leading to underutilization. The board considered the negative social and economic impacts, as well as the potential alignment with smart growth principles. Questions arose regarding the feasibility of a senior housing project in light of the environmental constraints, and access issues were clarified concerning the existing single-family home and a high-tension wire tower. The meeting concluded with the board motioning to recommend non-condemnation redevelopment to the township council, which was seconded and approved.

PepsiCo’s application drew attention due to the need for multiple variances, including for signage and the height of a new CO2 Silo. The existing freestanding sign’s location too close to the right of way, directional signage not meeting the required setback, and the new silo exceeding the standard 25 feet height for accessory structures were all subjects of variance requests. The applicant’s representative provided an overview of the site’s current service-related use, proposed improvements such as new trailer storage spaces, chillers, and restriping, and how these would not affect on-site circulation or parking. The CO2 Silo, necessary for safety and manufacturing needs, was a particular point of debate. Despite concerns, it was argued that the changes would not impact the surrounding area and that the variances sought were within the zoning district’s limits.

The QTS Investment Properties LLC application process did not reach a conclusion, as discussions about the installation of a generator and data center at an existing building continued. Debates arose over the environmental impact and the cost of installing a conduit line for the data center. The board weighed the minimal changes proposed against potential detriments and legal precedents regarding the installation of PBC piping. The rational nexus between the conditions of approval and the relief sought was a key point of contention, especially as it related to the variance for the rear setback and the township’s requirements.


The meeting also touched on an application by KD Capital Ventures LLC regarding a subdivision, granting a 90-day extension for the applicant to perfect it. Additionally, public comments were heard, and a motion was made and approved to accept an application subject to professional and staff reports.

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Brian C. Wahler
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