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PSE&G Seeks Planning & Zoning Approval for Variances & Improvements at Glou. City Reading Ave. Property

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) has made application to the Gloucester City Planning and Zoning Board for approvals for property located on Reading Avenue.

The property is identified on the current Tax Map of Gloucester City as Tax Block 256.01, Lot 1 and Tax Block 285, Lots 3 and 5 and located within the Residential Low Density (R-L) Zone.

According to the Legal Notice that was published on October 5, 2018, PSE&G is seeking:

  • Variance approval
  • Conditional use approval
  • Preliminary and final site plan approval
  • A height variance to allow a height of 50 feet 4 inches for the height of the gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) building where 35 feet is permitted
  • A height for monopoles of 121 feet 5 inches (where 120 feet exists) to permit network upgrades to be made to the 69kV facility.

The proposed improvements will include:

  • The removal of existing electrical equipment to accommodate the construction of the new 2-story gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) building
  • Installation of new electrical equipment along with modifications and two monopoles
  • Installation of new concrete footings and foundations along with expansion of the existing gravel access road, new drainage system and detention basin, a small retaining wall, site lighting, extensive landscaping, and fencing

PSE&G also seeks “some de minimis [trivial] exceptions” from site plan requirements pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-51.

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall, 313 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City.

The application and corresponding documents are on file in the City Clerk’s Office of Gloucester City at 512 Monmouth Street and are available for public inspection between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Source: NJ Public

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

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