A fast-growing and successful industrial facility was being hampered by an inability to expand production capacity. That problem was solved by the approvals garnered by KG and the team assembled for this assignment. The automation of industrial processes in American factories has led to an entirely different land use profile for these users, innovations not anticipated in local zoning ordinances that address an earlier time and need.
A 5.3 acre site located on Green Pond Road within the NJ Highlands Preservation Area was recaptured from environmental extinction over the course of a six-month entitlement effort in conjunction with Dewberry Engineering.
A NJ-based factory saved with a sustainable solution that addresses all environmental constraints implied by its location in Rockaway Townships critical resource zone.
Racing against a mid-summer deadline for the adoption of new NJDEP inland flood plain regulations, the project team received full approvals from both the NJDEP, the Township of Rockaway and the County of Morris in October of ’23. Those approvals followed a filing date before the July 4th weekend, beating the enactment of the inland water regulation deadline scheduled for mid-July.
George J. Kimmerle, PhD, with Angelo Baute of the Kimmerle team, served as development advisor and architect/planner of record for this important approval. Additional team members included Neil Yoskin, Esq., of Cullen and Dykman, Glenn Kienz of Weiner Law Group, David Glass of CLB Partners and Mario Ianelli of Dewberry.
Polyfil’s 59,000 SF industrial facility will soon be expanded with a 30,000 SF addition through an inventive site plan approval that not only awarded these increases but was achieved without a single additional square foot of impervious area added to the site, a key to gaining this important entitlement. In fact, despite relocating four loading docks, parking areas, entry and service points and other site and building improvements, the plan results in an actual reduction in impervious surface across this 5+ acre parcel.
NJ jobs saved and an expanded and refitted NJ manufacturing facility which will carry the Polyfil organization forward for decades, a terrific outcome for Rockaway Twp and the State of NJ.