Mount Laurel Planning Board unanimously denies plan for warehouse near Union Mill Road

A developer’s plan to build a 76,000-square-foot warehouse in Mount Laurel near Union Mill Road and Walton Avenue was unanimously denied Wednesday night by the Planning Board.

“I have major traffic concerns with the application,” said board member and Township Manager Meredith Tomczyk, who made the motion to deny the application.

Mayor Stephen Steglik, also a board member, seconded Tomczyk’s vote to deny, saying he agreed with her appraisal.

The vote was 8-0 to deny the application of Union Mill Road LLC of Wilton, Connecticut, to construct the warehouse next to the Brightview Senior Living complex on a heavily wooded property. 

Although the warehouse is a permitted use in the industrial zone, the plan could not overcome the uncertainties expressed by both residents and board members about traffic and the routing of tractor-trailer trucks to and from the site.

Trucks would have been limited to one driveway on Walton Avenue and they would have been allowed to drive only from the north down Walton Avenue, departing in the same direction. A bridge on Walton Avenue near Union Mill Road has a low weight restriction. In addition, the board in earlier meetings told the applicant that trucks should not use Fernbrooke Lane, a private road owned by Brightview.

The developer agreed to the restrictions and changed the street address of the warehouse from Union Mill Road to Walton Avenue, which would have resulted in GPS services routing most traffic to Walton Avenue, north to the property, as the board desired.

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