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5 Chatham Issues to Watch in 2014

Car charging stations, controversial zoning board hearings, new community garden on the horizon.

Here are some of the Chatham stories to look out for in the new year.

Chatham Train Station:
People might be able to pay for train station parking by smartphone app in 2014, and there are plans to install electric car charging stations there. We're also staying tuned for any word on the possibility of a new restaurant coming to the train station after a family-owned newsstand closed after a 100-year run.

Gateway Vision: A newly updated master plan for Chatham Borough's historically industrial districts envisions a far wider variety of possible uses, including offices, restaurants, shops, and retail and design showrooms. The borough could update its zoning regulations to align with the new master plan. Eventually, officials hope that could lead to larger-scale, pedestrian-oriented development that would spruce up the area, create jobs and boost tax revenue.

Cell antennas: AT&T wants to install cell antennas on a water tank in a residential section of Chatham Township. Neighbors oppose the plan. The zoning board is expected to continue hearing the application this month.

Sustainability: The Chathams saw their share of stories related to the environment and sustainability in 2013, from a controversial walking path proposal to bear sightings to the Explore Chatham Photo Contest. One issue that's sure to continue in 2014: the planned joint community garden at Woodland Park. You still can sign up for a plot (applications are being accepted on a rolling basis even after the Dec. 31 deadline).

Library parking: More parking at the Library of the Chathams? Chatham Borough's governing body is expected to consider adding parking spaces to the library lot as it prepares next year's budget. Library director Karen Brodsky says residents have reported inadequate parking as an issue for years.

What would you add to the list?
Mike Meedles January 06, 2014 at 04:38 PM
Is it crazy to suggest that Township residents one day receive an ability to park at the train station? Seems reasonable and logical
John January 06, 2014 at 10:08 PM
Did you just move here? How is that reasonable or logical? The train runs through the boro. The station is in the boro! completely different towns except for sharing a high school. There aren't even enough spaces for the boro residents as it is. It will never happen.

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