Planning Board Juggles Meetings After Sandy

Major application for mosque scheduled for Wednesday, quarry put off until December.

Along with causing fallen trees and power outages, Sandy disrupted the Bernards Township Planning Board's agenda in the past month. The board is planning to resume its first scheduled meeting this week since the last public meeting was held on Oct. 25.

The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge is set to return for a continuation of a public hearing at a special meeting that was prescheduled for 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday night, according to the township website and Planning Board Clerk Frances Florio.

That date was set at the Oct. 25 meeting, when the Islamic Society presented a traffic consultant to testify about the impact of the proposed mosque in the surrounding area of Liberty Corner Village.

The traffic consultant representing the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, faced questions about the validity of his calculations on traffic and adequate parking at the facility.

The consultant, Henry J. Ney, is scheduled to return at this Wednesday's meeting.

Meanwhile, the long-running series of hearings on the Millington Quarry's plan to rehabilitate the almost-200-acre quarry site after it closes has been rescheduled for Dec. 4, a regular Planning Board meeting, Florio said.

She said that application had been on the agenda for a scheduled Oct. 30 meeting, canceled when virtually all of Bernards Township was still in the dark.

Another Planning Board meeting scheduled for Nov. 20 also was canceled. Florio said the applicant scheduled for that night had not provided adequate public notice in time for that deadline.


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