JANUARY 17, 2018 -- The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) recently published its 2017 annual summary report to the Township Council. Tom Strowe, Project Coordinator for Redevelopment, presented the key findings and recommendations compiled in the report on behalf of the SPDRC at the Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Town Council Business Meeting. The Town Council voted to accept the report and publish the report on the Township’s website.
The summary report covers important topics such as: downtown study areas, tiers, and phases, the vision/mission statement for downtown redevelopment, goals and principles, the importance of “critical mass” (increased density of development downtown), how the Township’s Affordable Housing settlement will drive mixed-use development downtown, infrastructure, growing Scotch Plains’ tax base/tax stabilization, ideas on transit and transportation services, and summary information on the two concepts designed by our Township Planner for development on publicly owned properties downtown.
The SPDRC was established as an Ad Hoc Subcommittee of the Township Council on March 21, 2017 through Resolution 2017-75. The Downtown Redevelopment Committee is comprised of 21 members, including Township professionals, residents, and business owners.
The purpose and objective of the SPDRC is to advise and assist the Mayor and Township Council relative to the redevelopment of Scotch Plains’ downtown. The information provided in this report helps fulfill the objective and purpose of the SPDRC by summarizing the findings, recommendations, and research of the SPDRC for 2017, and the information is intended to guide the Township Council as it makes decisions regarding redevelopment plan(s) and our downtown’s future.
The Township Council will continue to review the findings, recommendations, and research found in this report and decide on appropriate courses of action. The Township Council has the ultimate say on downtown redevelopment, and the SPDRC looks forward to continuing to assist the Township Council on downtown redevelopment in 2018. The SPDRC will continue to hold monthly public meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm at Town Hall.
The key findings and recommendations of the report can be found on pages 2 - 5. Provided in the remaining pages of the report are more detailed explanations and information on the key findings and recommendations.
To view the full 2017 annual summary report to the Town Council, please click the link below:
For more information on the Downtown Redevelopment Initiative, please visit our website: https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/departments/downtown-redevelopment-committee/