Hopewell Township Planning Board Talks Commercial Lighting Ordinance and Hears from Public

Hopewell Township Planning Board, October 2018 (photo credit: Maddi Ference)

The Hopewell Township Planning Board spent much of its October 25 meeting amending the Township lighting ordinance.

The Board discussed external property lighting and about enforcing commercial lighting to be turned off after a certain time period after business has been concluded for the day.

“What does this do for Christmas lighting?” jokingly asked Board member Father Jack Belmont, which prompted more discussion. The Board ultimately agreed to include seasonal decorative lighting as an exception in the ordinance.

In another matter, the Board approved the amended site plan for the Unitarian Universalist Church that was originally brought to the Board at last month’s meeting.

The Board also heard from members of the public pushing Board members to advocate for change from the State on the Affordable Housing Act and indicated they will be following up with an email.  

“The bottom of zoning fell out when Affordable Housing came into effect,” said resident Jim Bird. “What we’re saying now to the people in Trenton is to step up and do something advantageous to all members as citizens of New Jersey. I hope you have the opportunity to see this email when it comes out, get involved, and get these letters into Trenton.”

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for November 15 at 7pm.

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