Piscataway Zoning Board Approves Tower Upgrade and Pool Replacement

In a recent Piscataway Township Zoning Board meeting, developments included the approval of enhancements to a Verizon Wireless tower and the replacement of a residential pool facing unique zoning challenges. Verizon Wireless received the go-ahead for technological upgrades to a 180-foot tower, deemed a minor change and therefore not requiring a substantial review process. In another notable case, a homeowner was granted a variance for pool replacement due to the unusual circumstances of the property having two frontages, which was recognized as a hardship by the board.

The board considered the application of Verizon Wireless, represented by attorney Edward Purcell, for modifications to the existing telecommunications tower located on Bakeland Avenue. The proposed changes involved removing three remote radio heads, adding six new ones, along with three antennas, and other ancillary equipment. Purcell clarified that the tower’s height would not increase, no new variances would be created, and the ground equipment area would not expand. The board concurred with the assessment that these changes were minor and directed the zoning officer to issue administrative approvals as per the federal Telecommunications Act guidelines.

Furthermore, the board addressed a residential zoning case involving homeowner Rolando Soless, who sought to replace an existing pool. The case presented unique zoning challenges as the property abuts an unimproved paper street, resulting in two property frontages and consequent variances primarily due to pre-existing conditions. The board acknowledged the hardship and approved the application, contingent upon the removal of a shed and a previously removed fireplace from the property. The homeowner anticipated completing the shed removal by April.

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.

Brian C. Wahler
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