Daycare centers are not child’s play in Morristown.
Residents came out in droves earlier this year to shoot down a center proposed for Turtle Road.
And they packed a zoning board meeting on Wednesday to register objections to another one, a Learning Experience franchise pitched for Madison Avenue at Normandy Parkway.
Near midnight, after three hours of eye-glazing testimony about security lighting and train decibels, traffic islands and parking spaces, tree inventories and fence heights, and “pervious” vs. impervious coverage, sparks flew when resident Steve Miller pointedly asked project engineering consultant Matt Clarke where he parked during site visits.
Board Chairman Cary Lloyd and board Attorney David Brady ruled the question irrelevant. Our video clip shows what happened next.
A third hearing, scheduled for Sept. 10, 2014, promises more fireworks when the project’s traffic consultant testifies.
Residents near the site say proposed driveways will exacerbate hazardous traffic situations at the Madison/Normandy intersection.
The board asked the developers for additional information about lighting of the proposed 10,000-square-foot building, along with details about any state decibel limits for children (NJ Transit trains run behind the site).
Members also sought more information about tree removal plans–at least 145 trees are on the chopping block on the one-acre site, one of Morristown’s last undeveloped parcels.
The applicant, 170 Madison Ave. LLC, seeks a use variance to allow the commercial venture onto a parcel zoned for housing. The heavily wooded site adjoins the Twombly Court neighborhood.