In a ruling that paves the way for commercial and residential development, a judge has ruled that Morris Township’s rezoning of the 147-acre Honeywell tract does not represent spot zoning, reports The Daily Record.
But Superior Court Judge Stephan Hansbury sided with the township on Wednesday in a seven-page decision that cited case law and testimony from two days of hearings in February, the newspaper said.
After dozens of municipal hearings over two years, and contentious battles with residents, Honeywell Inc., the township’s largest employer, last year announced plans to move its global headquarters to Morris Plains by 2015.
Township Administrator Tim Quinn told the paper that he anticipates Honeywell will sell its township tract shortly, with an announcement of development plans to follow.
In its 2012 lawsuit, the group Citizens for Better Planning in Morris Township Inc. raised concerns about traffic congestion and costly off-site improvements that members feared would stem from multi-family homes and commercial uses proposed for the site. The judge said township officials would have to address such concerns in any future development plans, according to the newspaper.