The Township of Cranford awarded a contract for the codification of its master plan in the amount of roughly $17,000 at the Aug. 13 committee meeting.
A master plan serves as an outline for committees and boards in Cranford to make decisions on future development of the Township.
The planning firm will put the township’s ordinances in compliance with the master plan adoption. It is necessary for a township to have a master plan, according to Township Attorney Daniel McCarthy. There are legal implications of the both the plan and ordinances are not updated, he said.
Cranford adopted a master plan a number of years ago, which was put together by previous planning boards, but has not been able to afford the codification until now, Mayor Tom Hannen explained.
In order to successfully carry out the master plan, the township needs to make sure the ordinances it has in place are in alignment with their goal of the master plan, Township Administrator Joe Hartnett said. The planning firm will go through the Township’s ordinances and make sure they are appropriately changed to reflect the plan.
Commissioner Andis Kalnis said he was happy to hear that contract would cost $17,000, which seems more accurate than the nearly $100,000 amount that was mentioned in the past.