EATONTOWN: The zoning board of adjustment has determined that the developers looking to build a new Quick Chek in the borough can continue their application before the Eatontown Planning Board.
Ronald Gasiorowski, the attorney for one of the project's objectors, asked the zoning board to interpret whether or not applicants seeking a variance from a proximity ordinance that prevents a gas station to operate within 2,000 feet of another fueling area.
Eatontown Zoning Board Attorney Marc Leckstein said the board heard testimony from Gasiorowski and representatives from both the Quick Chek and the Wawa project, which was approved by the planning board earlier this year, on Monday, March 2.
"The board ultimately determined that it belongs before the planning board," Leckstein said.
If the zoning board had ruled the other way, the variance would have been classified as a use variance and not a bulk variance, and the Quick Chek developers would have started their testimony over again in front of the the zoning board and not the planning board.
The developers are hoping to build a second Quick Chek convenience store and 12 fueling stations at 164 Route 35, the former home of an Ethan Allen store.
The planning board could make a decision to either deny or approve the project when the developers come before the board again. The exact date as to when that will occur is not yet clear.