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They believe the Board of Adjustment's approval was needed before the county approved the application.

By Jennifer Connic

Township officials are saying "not so fast" about the county Planning Board approving an application for Stop & Shop to move to a Millburn Avenue site.

The Essex County Planning Board approved driveway access from the former Saks Fifth Avenue site onto Millburn Avenue last fall. The site itself is in Springfield. The plan for the grocery store owned by Royal Ahold to open at the site was approved there after a court battle.

Because the driveway is located in Millburn and Essex County, it needs approval from those two zoning boards. The Millburn Board of Adjustment would review the application.

But Millburn officials have yet to receive an application from Royal Ahold and only learned about the plans when they received paperwork from county officials about their approval.

Township Administrator Tim Gordon said officials have taken the stance that Stop & Shop officials went out of step by going to Essex County for approval first.

"When (Royal Ahold) filed with the county Planning Board, they may have omitted or misrepresented that they had gotten approval from Millburn," he said.

Millburn officials have notified county officials a step was missed. The process traditionally is developers come to the Millburn Planning Board or Board of Adjustment before going to the county to get approval.

The county's approval requires a traffic signal and payments to maintain it. County officials also requested a traffic study.

Residents and Millburn Avenue business owners have speculated for months about the pending application. Several months ago, the Short Hills business owners said how Stop & Shop coming to that area of town would help their stores.

Save Millburn is the name for the local, registered, non-profit group,
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