This proposed 16,350 square foot house of worship would require
65% more land than owned to meet the legal requirements.
The structure would be too big, too high, too wide, too close to neighbors,
and without a major variance, would not be legal.

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News releases

The Zoning Board moved Monday’s Chai Center Hearing

from Town Hall to Hartshorn School last month.

Then after business hours yesterday, Friday,

moved it again to Millburn High School.

Why the late notice?

 

From The Item Newspaper last night

 

Chai Center hearing being moved to Millburn High School

After the public speaks on February 13th,

the Zoning Board of Adjustment votes on

whether to approve or turn down The Chai Center application

to overcome substantial variances.


This case has been going on for 24 months costing residents and officials both a great deal of time and money.

 

This was in The Alternative Press Sunday Jan 8, 2012 pretty much the way we sent it to them. Even our cover note on the email on why they should run it was published.

 

Millburn's Chai Center Hearings Nearing Completion

 

No one including, the Township, dreamed the hearings would drag on so long. Perhaps the applicant knew and prefers it this way since while it drags on they can operate on a conditional basis.

Regarding The Chai Center case

Millburn Township attorney Michael B Kates filed a formal complaint

for the Township on July 8th with the Superior Court of Essex County.

The Mayor read a formal statement regarding the issue that The Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township had raised on April 20th. This group asked back then that Township officials undo the settlement between the Township and The Chai Center because The Chai Center had not been faithful to the agreement.


Activist group challenges Millburn Township Committee

for allowing the Chai Center tactics, legality of operation

and the settlement they made including forgiving $499,000

in fines that belong to the taxpayers.

The next Millburn zoning hearing, regarding the Chai Center variance request, will be Monday, December 20th, 2nd floor, Millburn Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.

There will be no January meeting and then there will be a meeting February 7th followed by March 28th.


The 7th meeting of the Zoning Board was held on November 15th and the entire 7-10:30pm period was dedicated to the Chai Center case. Most of this meeting was a continuation of cross examination by lawyers of the Chai Center "expert" traffic witness Elizabeth Dolan.

MILLBURN, NJ –  June 21, 2010 - The Zoning Board of Adjustment's second meeting, regarding the attempt by the Chai Center to overturn four variances, was held on Monday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hartshorn School in Short Hills. The application is opposed by many of the  neighbors and others in the township

Below is our overview of the meeting last night. If you go to the website section titled news/media you can read what four local newspapers also published today. If you could not attend last night's opening hearing, read them all. The feeling is that the hearings will last until the end of the year based on the four-hour session last night. The photos were provided by our group.

 

Millburn Township, NJ - April 12, 2010

The Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township

SaveMillburn.com

 

Town group asks Millburn officials not to make major

zoning exceptions for the property located at the corner of

Jefferson Avenue and Old Short Hills Road.

 

MILLBURN, N.J.  March 8, 2010 - The local residents group named The Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township (also called SaveMillburn.com) is asking all interested residents to attend the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting now scheduled for Monday, April 12, 7-9pm, at the Hartshorn Elementary School.

 

The Chai Center for Living Judaism will attempt to get a substantial variance allowing them to tear down two homes and replace them with a massive new building at this already heavily trafficked residential area. Their proposed 16,350 square foot house of worship is more than an acre shy of the legal or required size.

 

Save Millburn is imploring officials on the Millburn Zoning Board of Adjustment to not make substantial zoning exceptions since the municipality  has a full town wide approved Zoning Ordinance. If the Ordinance needs major changes, it should be updated and amended but on a town wide basis. Otherwise, our group doesn't accept special zoning for special interests anywhere in Millburn. Allowing substantial variances can hurt a great town's plan.

 

If not at this meeting, then at subsequent Zoning meetings, the Chai Center will bring a team of lawyers, engineers, architects, planners and traffic experts in asking for a substantial variance to the approved Zoning Ordinance

 

Should this date be moved again for any reason please watch the website www.SaveMillburn.com for headlines to that effect.

 

Background Facts

•Millburn zoning allows a house of worship to be built in a residential area but requires it to be on a minimum 3 acres.

•The Chai Center group has only 1.815 acres of the required 3 acres even after combining their properties at number

1 and 7 Jefferson Avenue (corner lot facing Old Short Hills Road).

•The Chai Center is asking that the height of the structure be allowed to go above town approved height of 32 feet.

•The Chai Center proposes many of the 48 car parking spaces be allowed to be closer to neighbors properties than the required 50-foot buffer.

•The Chai Center proposes that entrances/exits be added on Old Short Hills Road which is already heavy with traffic and is the main thoroughfare for ambulances to and from St. Barnabas Hospital.

•The Chai Center proposes large signage or identification on Old Short Hills Road.

•The Chai Center wants to have a screened dumpster enclosure, an underground storage facility for storm water, fences, walkways and extensive landscaping.

•The Chai Center is currently conducting services and holding classes with many cars parking on the front yard, back yard and on neighboring streets.

SAVE MILLBURN is the name for the local, registered, non-profit group,

The Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township, Inc. 2010

www.SaveMillburn.com or write:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Town group asks Millburn to stop making zoning exceptions.

Case in point: proposed 16,350 square foot house of worship to be constructed on
residential property that is more than an acre shy of the legal or required size.


MILLBURN, N.J. February 8, 2010 - A non-profit group of local residents named The Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township (also called SaveMillburn.com) is asking all interested residents to attend an open public informational meeting this coming week.

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The Concerned Neighborhood Association

of Millburn Township


Town group asks Millburn to stop making zoning exceptions.


Case in point: proposed 16,350 square foot house of worship to be constructed on

residential property that is more than an acre shy of the legal or required size.


MILLBURN, N.J. February 21, 2010 - A non-profit group of local residents named The Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township (also called SaveMillburn.com) is asking all interested residents to attend an open public informational meeting this coming week.

 

The meeting will be to discuss the possibility of The Chai Center for Living Judaism getting a substantial variance that would allow them to tear down two current homes and replace them with a massive new building at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Old Short Hills Road.

 

The informational meeting is open to all residents and will be held at the Bauer Center

in Taylor Park this coming Wednesday evening February 24th at 7:30pm.

 

 

 

Tuesday Feb 14, 2012 1:00am

The Chai Center was turned down by the Zoning Board

in their request for relief from multiple variances.


The bottom line was the Zoning Board just felt that needing 40% more land for such a large structure was not justified. They did not feel the applicant proved their case of mitigating the impact of having such a large building on an undersized piece of property. Lot size, traffic, setbacks and parking were the key issues in the end. The Millburn Board of Adjustment met at Millburn High School from 7pm until close to 1am. While only about 100 people were in the auditorium at the end of the voting, perhaps as many as 300 to 400 attended all or part of the hearing. The case was officially decided as the Board turned down the Chai Center applicant's request for multiple variances. If you were involved as a supporter in anyway we thank you and will keep you posted with details and any other developments. GO TO PRESS MEDIA section for local press stories.


Notes of all meetings to date are below

  in section called Meeting Summaries


Save Millburn is the name for the local, registered, non-profit group,
The Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township, Inc. - Email Help@SaveMillburn.com