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After Denial, Planning Board Agenda Free of Taylor Lane Consideration

Board meets Wednesday night for reorganization, appointment of professionals

Wednesday's Planning Board meeting will be the first in some time not to feature testimony on a proposed Taylor Lane townhome complex. 

The board denied the controversial application last month during a special meeting, according to NJ.com, after planners took issue with Taylor Lane becoming a busy collector road should the development be built. 

Wednesday's meeting agenda shows that the board had two other applications to consider, but both have been carried to February's meeting. Agenda items include reorganizations matters, such as appointing professionals and naming the board's chairman.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in town hall. 

American Properties at Middletown wanted to construct 196 townhomes and 49 affordable units, along with a 3,600 square foot clubhouse and pool off of Taylor Lane.

Some locals were unhappy with the plan, citing traffic and pedestrian safety concerns with the project.

A planner retained by objectors to the site said that Taylor Lane will become a busier roadway if the complex is built, and residents living on the eastern side of the complex could have a potentially dangerous walk to the amenities located across that road.

But the applicant contended that it was not uncommon for such a design and similar layouts have been used throughout the state.

The applicant may head back to the drawing board to develop a complex that could earn board approval, perhaps by using higher-density buildings and a larger setback, according to NJ.com. 

Litigation is also an option, the report said. 

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