Town Council Passes Assisted Living Ordinance; Hearing Had Been Open for Five Meetings

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At the Monday, May 6, Township Council regular meeting, after hearing more testimony from residents and developers, the Council closed a hearing that had been open for five meetings. The hearing was for an ordinance that proposed conditional use of block 6300 in the Coventry section of town, which would allow an assisted living facility to be built on the property.

Over multiple meetings, residents had previously expressed their concerns about the development, and subsequent traffic and safety problems it may cause. Their testimony prompted the Council to leave the hearing open as they awaited more information and input from the county and the developer.

Earlier Monday, prior to the Council meeting, the township received an approval letter from Essex County, indicating consent to allowing the developer, Sunrise, to add a left turn lane into the property in addition to a left turn lane exiting the property. Several Coventry area residents have indicated, according to township officials, that their objections to the project would go away if the lane were included.



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