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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They say a proper environmental review for the mini golf course and its parking was never completed.

By Jennifer Connic

Millburn officials and residents are concerned what a plan for miniature golf and restaurant could mean for South Mountain Reservation and want proper environmental review for the project.

Janet Pizar, a Millburn resident, raised concerns about the project during Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, and committee members in turn said they have their own concerns.

County officials are planning to break ground for a minature golf course at the corner of Northfield Avenue and Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange on April 15. The golf course and its associated parking lot would cost $3.5 million and be part of the recreation complex that also includes Turtle Back Zoo and Codey Arena. There also are plans for a restaurant.

Pizar called the plan "disconcerting" because it would mean more encroachment onto South Mountain Reservation, citing how there's no environmental impact statement. She understands there will be revenue and jobs associated with the plan, but she does not want to see continued encroachment onto the reservation because people feel 2,000 acres is an excessive amount of open space.

"The reservation remains an easy target," she said. "The reservation always has been jewel for this county."

Daniel Baer, committee member who serves as the liaison to the Environmental Commission, said the commission has concerns about the project, including storm water runoff. The commission plans to ask the county to hold the project until a thorough environmental review can be complete. "It is running quite quickly," he said of the plans to construct the mini golf.

Mayor Thomas McDermott said he receives a lot of mail, including from the county, and he was not noticed by county officials about the plans to further develop the reservation.

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