Zoning Board Approves Various Property Applications and Discusses Potential Self-Storage Facility

The recent meeting of the Piscataway Township Zoning Board saw the approval of several property applications and an ongoing discussion about a proposed construction of a self-storage facility. The board addressed each application , with a particular focus on safety, compliance, and community impact.

The meeting commenced with the board addressing multiple property applications. Notably, Allan Cruz requested to extend his property fence on Maple Avenue. Despite Cruz’s desire to move the fence closer to the property line, the board, in line with Mr. Hinterstein’s report, recommended a 15-foot setback for safety reasons. The board ultimately approved Cruz’s application with the recommended setback.

Azar Nakin’s application was swiftly addressed and approved as he agreed to allow access through an easement in his property’s rear. Sheila Hobson’s variance application, concerning a shed, pool, and fence installed without permits, was suggested to be adjourned until January for further discussion. Hobson was advised by Mr. Chadwick to consult Mr. Hinterstein’s report and discuss his recommendations.

Attorney Timar, representing Shiv Patel, submitted an application for a second-story addition to Patel’s property. Patel agreed to comply with Mr. Hinterstein’s recommendations, which included removing the fence from the right of way and providing screening and buffering around the existing garage. The board approved Patel’s application with these conditions.

The board also deliberated on several other applications. A proposal for a second-story addition with no building construction variances associated was unanimously approved. Two similar applications concerning the replacement of a back porch with a new porch featuring a portico and a roof were approved after discussing conditions related to the property such as fence easement and bamboo presence. An application for replacing a wooden fence with a vinyl one was discussed, with the board recommending the applicants consult the relevant authority before the next meeting in January.

The application by VJ Singhal, represented by attorney Tim Arch, was a unique case. Singhal sought to construct a house for his handicapped daughter and needed to raise the home due to a higher than expected water table. Despite concerns about potential water drainage issues raised during the public portion, Singhal’s engineer reassured the board, and the application was approved.

A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to discussing CZ Piscataway LLC’s request to construct a self-storage facility in a residential zone. The requested variances included building height, coverage, and a significant parking deficiency. Their engineer, Matthew Sharo, addressed potential concerns about wetlands and riparian buffer, stating there were no wetlands on the property and that the riparian buffer issue would be addressed. The application is pending further discussion and information.

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