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PSE&G Seeks Approval to Upgrade & Expand Existing Runnemede Evesham Ave. Substation

PSE&G has applied to the Runnmede Zoning/Planning Board for preliminary and final site plan approval as well as variance approval to upgrade and expand an existing substation at 892 East Evesham Road.

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) has applied to the Borough of Runnemede Zoning/Planning Board for preliminary and final site plan approval, as well as variance approval, to upgrade and expand an existing substation at 892 East Evesham Road.

According to the legal notice that was published on September 27, 2018, PSE&G has applied for approval “to upgrade and expand an existing substation by adding new electrical processing equipment in order to provide better reliability and an increased capacity to meet existing and future demands for commercial and residential users.”

In addition to upgrading the electrical service, “proposed improvements include the construction of a freestanding bathroom structure, substation lighting, security fencing and relocation of the existing access drive within the substation yard to accommodate the layout of the new electrical processing equipment.”

The block and lot upon which these improvements are proposed are designated on the official Tax Assessment Map of the Borough of Runnemede as Block 149, Lot 5 (Tax Map Plate 11.01). The property is commonly known as 892 East Evesham Road, Runnemede, New Jersey. This property is located in the P- Public/QuasiPublic Lands Di”strict where public utilities such as electrical substations and equipment are permitted uses, the legal notice states.

Additionally, the following variances from the Borough of Runnemede Zoning Ordinances are sought:

  • To permit a fence eight feet in height where a maximum height of six feet is permitted.
  • To permit barbed wire to be installed on a fence whereas barbed wire is not permitted to be installed anywhere on a fence.

“A good faith effort has been made to accurately describe the proposed use and identify any variances, waivers, exceptions or deviations that are required as determined by PSE&G’s professionals prior to this notice,” the legal notice reads.

In addition to the foregoing described approvals, PSE&G will also seek approval for any and all other waivers of design standards and/or submission requirements, variances, deviations, interpretations, exceptions, approvals, site plan approvals and/or other incidental relief that may be required or deemed necessary by the Board after or during its review of this application, together with any further relief that may be deemed necessary as reflected in the plans and materials filed during the hearing process, including that which may be generated by way of revised plans and submission of same to the Board without further notice.

Measurements, percentages and other calculations provided in this notice are in accordance with the plans filed with the application. Please note that to the extent plan and/or application revisions are made during the hearing process, these measurements, percentages and other calculations will likely change as will the associated relief from the requirements of the Code of the Borough of Runnemede as applicable. PSE&G reserves the right to amend its application accordingly.

The Zoning/Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing to review the application on October 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., in the Borough of Runnemede Municipal building located at 24 North Black Horse Pike.

The application for development, engineering plans and all other supporting maps, plans and other related documents submitted with the application are available for inspection at least 10 days prior to the hearing date in the office of the Secretary of the Zoning/Planning Board in the Borough of Runnemede Municipal Building from 9:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays.

Source: NJ Public