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Cranbury planners adopt the Master Plan Re-Examination report

Families fill Village Park for Cranbury National Night Out on Aug. 6.

The Cranbury Township Planning Board adopted the Master Plan Re-Examination this month.

This action was the result of the revisions that were recommended by the Master Plan Subcommittee.

The Master Plan Subcommittee met for several months with residents and township officials to discuss the Master Plan and decided on any changes.

There were no substantial changes but there were some revisions made.

Some of the changes include Old Trenton Road being looked at as a designated bike route for residents. Cranbury Neck Road, Petty Road and Plainsboro Road were not seen as designated bike route options in town.

“We recognized that bike paths along Plainsboro road are not financially or practically viable. Many residents would lose front yards, utilities would need to be moved and our preserved farmland negatively impacted. However, Old Trenton Rd may present a viable alternative,” Cranbury Mayor James Taylor said.

The Master Plan re-examination highlighted the area east of 130 as a continued area for warehousing growth and smaller lot development.

“The subcommittee and Planning Board substantiated our planning for the past 30 years and affirmed our commitment to minimizing the impact from residential growth. The East side of 130 will continue to be a focus for commercial revenue,” Taylor said.

Historic preservation through town will continue to also be focus for township officials under the adopted re-exam.

“Historic preservation is a continued key element. We are now looking at making the Cranbury Station Hamlet a protected historic area,” Taylor said. “We hope Monroe sees the same value in protecting those homes. If not then, the goal will not be met.”

For outdoor storage and landscape businesses in town changes were not made to Cranbury Land Use regulations. Those who apply for the business or use will still have to continue to seek variances for the businesses and uses under the re-exam.

“This was very collaborative process. We had the work session groups where we solicited input from individuals and heard their concerns and focuses,” Taylor said. “I think residential input was critical and we have been able to preserve our history. I think we are in very good condition with this Master Plan.”

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