Friday, April 19, 2024

County Finds Grounds for Route 94 Dunkin’ Nod 

The proposed Dunkin’ on Route 94 in Blairstown that’s been percolating for several years moved one step closer earlier this month, but don’t plan on filling your travel mugs any time soon. 

The Warren County Planning Board informed the township land use board that the application submitted by Hopatcong DD LLC was approved but several additional steps still need to be taken. 

The county planning department had rejected the application in January 2023 and notified the Blairstown land use board that a number of issues in the application needed to be addressed and resubmitted.

The disapproval of site plan applications before planning boards is generally considered to be a routine occurrence, with the issues being addressed by an applicant upon resubmittal.

Concerns indicated by the county involved thickness of pavement in the parking lot and driveways leading into the site, proposed at the intersection of Route 94 and Buchanan Road.

Several traffic issues were also cited. The county planning board indicated the applicant’s traffic impact study did not meet the guidelines of the Warren County Development Review Regulations and that the methodology applied to other portions of the study did not meet county standards.

While the issues of the county planning board have been addressed, the board informed Hopatcong DD that the sewerage disposal design and well abandonment plans must be approved by the Warren County Board of Health. Also, that a permit from the Warren County Shade Tree Commission would be needed for removal of any trees that have a diameter of eight inches or more and are within the county right-of-way. 

Hopatcong DD must also get any necessary permits from the Warren County Engineer’s Office for any work that would occur with the right-of-way of adjacent county roads. 

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.