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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Cannabis Application Hearing Postponed 

The next meeting of the land use board is June 3, at 7 p.m. If the One Faith application is on the agenda, the meeting will likely be moved from town hall to the recreation center on Lincoln Laurel Road.

Residents expressed their displeasure with a proposed cannabis farm in Frelinghuysen. Photo by Joe Phalon.

Several hundred residents angry over a proposed cannabis farm in Frelinghuysen will have to hold their ire until next month. 

One Faith Wellness, which is proposing an indoor cannabis cultivation farm on 30 acres along the north end of Roue 94, requested the postponement late Monday, a few hours before a scheduled hearing before the township land use board. 

David Brady, the land use board attorney, told the residents that the township’s engineer had submitted numerous questions about the application and that One Faith Wellness asked for the delay to address the issues. 

“Over the weekend, our engineer produced a 19-page report, which included 90 comments,” said Brady. 

And on Monday afternoon, Brady said, Darlene Green, the township planner, produced a 20-page report with 64 more questions. 

“Given that there are so many comments, requests for additional information and the like, the applicant requested this afternoon rather than proceeding tonight, the matter be carried to June 3,” Brady said. 

The meeting had been moved to the Frelinghuysen recreation center to accommodate the anticipated crowd, which did materialize. Although the public was advised that the One Faith application could not be discussed as part of the meeting, several residents did take the opportunity to vent their displeasure over the proposal. 

The property is located close to Frelinghuysen Elementary School, which has been one of the major objections.

One Faith Wellness 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 zoning regulations requiring a minimum 50-foot setback between buildings.

They’ve proposed a setback of 1 1/2 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.

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.