Restaurant Restrictions May Be Reduced in Town

Committee introduces zoning change which could reduce impediments to restaurants on south Route 206.

An ordinance unanimously introduced at the Township Committee meeting Tuesday will open up several areas on Route 206 south of Raider Boulevard to restaurant development.

Restaurants had been a conditional use permitted in the Gateway and Light Industrial districts, but if the ordinance is approved, freestanding restaurants located in multi-use buildings will become permitted uses in the zones.

Township Attorney Albert Cruz said the change is being made to bring "consistency and clarity" to the zoning ordinance for the zones.  

According to the township code, the Gateway B District is intended "to save existing residential structures, allow new structures and uses that have a residential look and are compatible with adjoining residential uses, and to create a linear entry zone set in a heavily street-treed, medianed boulevard." The gateway districts border Route 206 on both sides of Raider Boulevard, south to Homestead Road.

The Light Industrial District extends east along Homestead Road to Stryker Road, and south to the township line. The district envisions offering "a wide range of office, industrial and other nonresidential uses are permitted within the limits of design and environmental regulations."

The only caveat on the change is for drive-up services at restaurants in the zones, which would remain a conditional use subject to Planning Board approval.

A public hearing will be held Dec. 18 on the ordinance, which will be referred back to the Planning Board for final approval if the Township Committee passes the ordiance on second reading.

clyde November 30, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Look at those ugly telephone poles and chaotic wires along Route 206. Consider eliminating them among other things to beautify route 206. Make Hillsborough an even more desirable place for residents and businesses.
Mark December 01, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Yes, look how beautiful the empty mall by KMart and the old LaCocolla look!!!!


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