The Jackson Township Zoning board has given the approval to a developer to convert a 45 acre light commercial zone property on Harmony Road to allow for the construction of 214 high-density residential units instead. Under the approval, the developer, Hyson Estates LLC will call the newly approved project “Grande Harmony”.
Under the township’s zoning master plan, the lot was zoned as “Light Commercial” due to its close proximity to West County Line Road.
The board has granted a use variance to develop the property as a multi-family use utilizing the provisions of the MF (multi-family) zone requirements.
According to Jackson’s zoning laws, the property meets or exceeds all of the bulk and dimensional standards within the LC zoning district but the use is not permitted and, thus, a use variance was sought for the construction of 214 residential units in 25 townhouse buildings, together with a club house, pool area, sports court, dog park, walking trails and pond area.
Sixteen buildings will consist of 10 units each. Each 10 unit building will consist of 8 two bedroom units, one 1 bedroom unit and one 3 bedroom unit. The remaining 9 buildings shall each consist of 6 units of which all are 2 bedroom units. Hyson Estates, LLC is offering 171 market rate units and 43 affordable housing units.
Land use attorney Raymond Shea, esq. represented the applicant.
Residents were concerned with the traffic the project would bring to local roads.
“It is concerning, adding 400‐500 people on Harmony Road, it will be like a neighboring town, and all these vehicles coming out on a 2 lane country road, will only be left for the current
residents to deal with it, the traffic coming out all at one time is concerning,” resident Fredrick Ohme said.
“They are saying there will only be 1‐2 people living in the houses, how can that be for sure, the taxes are being impacted greatly, how much could it cost tax payers if this community is built, and why would the Board entertain something that is brought forward for a zoning change,” said resident Heath Cohn.
The board, which is appointed by mayoral and council appointment and approval voted unanimously to grant the variance.