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North Brunswick will review zone ordinance


A 1 1/2 year-old zoning ordinance which provided the township with two new planned unit development zones and changed a major industrial tract to a multifamily housing zone will be reviewed to see if it meets regional housing needs.

The township committee last night asked the planning board to study the new ordinance and make any recommendations necessary to provide compliance with the landmark Mount Laurel zoning case.

Decided fey the state Supreme Court in March, the case involved the municipality of Mount Laurel in Burlington County. The township had sought to limit local apartment construction.

The court rules suburban towns must consider regional housing needs in municipal zoning ordinances.

Housing, the court said cannot be parochially confined to the claimed good of the particular municipality.”

In its decision in the Mount Laurel case, the court spoke of “choice of housing for all categories of people who may desire to live there — of course, including multifamily housing, without bedroom or similar restrictions, as well as dwellings on very small lots, low-cost housing of other types, and, in general, high-density zoning without artificial and unjustifiable minimum requirements as

to lot size, building size and the like, to meet the full panoply of these needs.”

The court also said a municipality could not overzone for industry and commerce to bolster its tax rate.

It was in early December 1973 that the North Brunswick Township Committee adopted the present zoning ordinance by a 3-2 vote with Edward Leppert and Frank Pelly voting against the ordinance.

The measure removed the Okonite tract from the industrial market, opening the way for Sam Halpern's Garden Homes Management Corp. to develop

the tract. The corporation had received site plan approval for the 870-unit North Brunswick Manor apartments in October 1973. At the same time, the planning board altered its recommended zoning change7 on the property from proposed planned, unit development to apartment development.

One of the two planned unit development zones, known as the Macy tract, already has received tentative approval from the planning board. The applicant, North Oaks Development Corp., proposes a $16 million complex near Route 1 and Livingston Avenue. The plan is opposed by citizen groups and industry in the area.

Last night the committee also appointed Martin S. Goldin to another three-year term as the municipal court judge.

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