WHITE TWP., N.J. – The White Township Master Plan subcommittee is recommending amendments that could reduce the size and impact of a proposed warehouse plan by developer David Jaindl.
On Wednesday, township engineer Paul Sterbenz presented the four-member subcommittee’s recommendations at the White Township Planning Board meeting. The amendments include changing the zoning in an area along County Road 519 and Foul Rift Road that is currently zoned for warehouses. The proposal would change zoning to low density industrial and industrial. Sterbenz said the new proposal would allow for high cube warehousing, which is usually an automated warehouse and typically produces a lot less traffic.
“There was a 53% reduction for peak hour traffic with a high cube warehouse versus a traditional warehouse, according to subcommittee findings,” Sterbenz said.
The board will now mull over the suggestions and likely hold a special meeting for the master plan amendments sometime after its Feb. 11 meeting.
Initial plans presented by developer David Jaindl included a 6.3 million square-foot warehouse building encompassing 592 acres of White Township, a plan that both residents and board members rejected. That plan was later reduced to 3 million square feet covering 265 acres, according to Jaindl attorney Anthony Sposaro. He said the latest proposal, which will be presented at the Jan. 14 board meeting, calls for an 800,000 square-foot high cube warehouse.
“We’re very optimistic based on the comments we heard,” Sposaro said.
Regardless of the plan, Sterbenz said a warehouse will have an impact on traffic along Route 519 but allowing for high cube warehousing would lower the impact.
Officials said a traffic study, approved by the Warren County Freeholders, is currently being conducted. That study is expected to be completed by May and will reveal if there is a need for a traffic signal to be added to the area along Route 519.