Norwalk finds compromise with Cranbury neighbors over new school

The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a variance of a rear setback of 223 feet for the new school building at its November meeting, three months after the city made its initial request. The board asked the city to work with the neighbors to find a compromise that addressed their concerns of excess noise and visual aesthetics. Coppola submitted a memorandum to the board that outlined the compromises made between the city and the neighbors. Upon its approval, the board added one more condition that the city would continue to work in good faith with the nearby community about the school development as several other details still needed to be settled after the meeting. With the variance approved, the project will now move to the city’s zoning commission for a special permit review, according to Alan Lo, building and facilities manager for Norwalk. The initial presentation is scheduled for Dec. 15 with the required public hearing for the special permit on Jan. 19.

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