Preserve Cherry Hill
We said NO to a super Wawa, and YES to neighborhood values and community character!
On December 21, 2022, the developer withdrew its application to put a super Wawa with 16 fuel dispensers in the Barclay Farms Shopping Center.
The future is unclear, but while opposing this application, zoning changed in Cherry Hill.
Conditions associated with gasoline stations as conditional principal uses in the Highway Business (B2) and Shopping Center Business (B3) zones were amended to require:
- A minimum lot size of one (1) acre (43,560 square feet) shall be required.
- The gasoline service station shall be the sole principal use permitted on the lot or parcel.
- Food preparation/kitchen facilities and/or fast-food services/restaurants shall not be permitted on the same lot or parcel as a gasoline service station or on an adjoining lot or parcel in conjunction with the a gasoline service station.
We love our neighborhoods, where young children bike to swim clubs and walk to school, residents enjoy community gardens, families plant deep roots and thrive in a safe, walkable, quiet and traffic-free community. With a Wawa service station planned for the Barclay Farms Shopping Center, our quality of life, property values, health and well-being are all about to change.
A super Wawa operates 24/7/365, bringing traffic, light and noise pollution to our neighborhoods. Gasoline tankers, delivery trucks, trash haulers & dumpsters; hazardous conditions, constant congestion, illuminated signs and cut-through traffic will be the new normal, unless we join forces and take a stand for community-based planning and zoning.
The NJ Supreme Court has stated that the preservation of the character of a neighborhood and conservation of neighborhood values are still proper zoning purposes. Let's hold Cherry Hill to this standard and preserve Barclay Farm, Kingston & Cherry Hill.
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What About Wawa?
An application to construct a Wawa convenience store with gasoline service was pending before the Cherry Hill Planning Board.
The plans included demolition of the Concord Pet Food store along with demolition of the two-story Barclay Pavilion office building, both located on the west side of the Barclay Farms Shopping Center.
The Barclay Pavilion was demolished in November-December 2022.
Additionally, a house located at 99 West Gate Dr. was to be removed and replaced with a drive-way to allow access to the Wawa. Finally, the landscaped island bearing the Barclay Farm sign on West Gate Dr., along with the landscaped island bearing the Kingston Greenhaven sign, was to be removed and replaced with dedicated turning lanes to enhance Rt. 70 access.
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The Legal Basis of Zoning
The NJ Supreme Court has stated that the preservation of the character of a neighborhood and conservation of neighborhood values are still proper zoning purposes.
Municipal Land Use Law
To promote a desirable visual environment through creative development techniques and good civic design and arrangements.
Municipal Land Use Law
To promote the establishment of appropriate population densities and concentrations that will contribute to the well-being of persons, neighborhoods, and communities, and preservation of the environment.
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