Sunday, April 14, 2024

Route 94 Cannabis Farm in Frelinghuysen Up for Hearing April 1

Another attempt to bring cannabis agriculture to the area will be heard by the Frelinghuysen land use board April 1 and all indications are it’s not an April Fool’s event. 

One Faith Wellness, LLC has applied for preliminary and final site plan approvals for its property at 720 Route 94, near the border of Fredon Township in Sussex County. 

The company is also applying for a bulk variance because their plans don’t meet the zoning’s required 50-foot setback between buildings, and they proposed a setback of 1.5 feet between the greenhouses where the cannabis would be cultivated. 

One Faith purchased the 30-acre property from the township last August at a public auction for $1.4 million. That bid was a half-million more than a bid from an earlier auction the previous May. That deal fell through when the buyer failed to make a 10% down payment by the end of day the auction was held.

The property, 30.68 acres located at 720 Route 94, just south of the county line, was rezoned earlier this year for commercial research, office and manufacturing. The property has 1,383 feet of frontage along Route 94 and is mostly farmland.

One Faith, the current owner and applicant before the land use board said in its application it believes an enclosed cannabis facility falls within permitted uses for the property. 

Frelinghuysen came into possession of the tract in February 2015 for $1 after a tax sale. Before the zoning change in November, it was zoned as non-commercial.

An application for a cannabis farm on Kerr’s Corner Road by Veda Farms was withdrawn last year after the land use board rejected a variance request. 

The land use board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 1 at the Frelinghuysen municipal building in Johnsonburg. 

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.