Planners to Study Route 70

The Medford Township Council has asked the Planning Board to prepare a land use study of the Route 70 Highway Corridor Zoning Districts to analyze existing zoning and land development regulations that may be unduly impacting development along the corridor which may include setbacks, buffers and building size limitations among others. Council seeks to create a business-friendly environment that encourages appropriate levels of development without negatively impacting traffic or the character of the community, in an effort to strengthen the Township’s tax ratable base. Councilman Frank Czekay, stated, “It is important that Medford evaluate ways to retain existing uses and attract new businesses to promote economic development along the corridor, while preserving the character of Medford.”

The Planning Board has appointed a subcommittee to undertake this study, which will be prepared and adopted as a re-examination report of the Township Master Plan. The study is being prepared by Taylor Design Group, Inc. of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Planning Consultants for the Township and Planning Board.

The Planning Board has scheduled a public input session for January 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 91 Union Street. The Planning Board and Township Council invite all interested businesses, land owners, and residents to come out and provide their input with respect to the Route 70 corridor, before any recommendations are developed.

Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area. Precipitation will start as some rain or a rain/snow mix this afternoon before changing to all snow this evening. The bulk of the now, 4-6″, is expected tonight into Friday morning. High winds and extremely cold temperatures are expected with this storm, which may produce blowing snow and drifts. A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet, and ice are expected. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible. Temperatures will be at or near records lows. Use caution when outdoors, and provide shelter for pets and animals.