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Historic District Expansion Notice of Public Hearing

Netherwood Neighbors are encouraged to attend a public hearing being held by Plainfield's Historic Preservation Commision on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at duCret School of Art, 1030 Central Avenue.  Tell your neighbors!

See if your house is on the list.

From TAPinto Plainfield:

According to William Michelson, chairman of the HPC, "More than half of the property owners would have to opt out by petition, to preclude being added to the historic district.  Since these are expansions around the edges of the current districts, if such petitions are submitted, we will have to attempt a common-sense approach to such a result." 


Here is the letter you should have received if your house is being considered for the expansion: 


The Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing, at which the District Expansion Project will be presented, questions will be answered, and comments will be heard.  There is no official action to be taken at this hearing - it is informational only.

The proposal is to enlarge two of the ten Historic Districts which have already graced our city since the 1980's: about 140 properties to be added to the existing Van Wyck Brooks Historic District, and about 87 properties to be added to the existing Netherwood Heights Historic District.  This notice is directed to the owners of all the eligible properties, as shown on the enclosed maps; the existing Districts are in yellow, and the proosed additions are in green or blue.

This is stage one of a three-part process which must take place before the additions are actually made.  After the Historic Preservation Commission approves the Project, with whatever changes are made in response to public comment, the proposal goes to the Planning Board for a public hearing, and if it approves the Project, too, it goes to the City Council for a formal action.

The effect of the proposal is to rezone the eligible properties, and make them subject to the Historic Preservation Ordinance, chapter 17:10 of the Plainfield City Code.  The purpose of this Project is to preserve and enhance the fine architectural features of the Districts, and their distinctive low- to moderate-density residential character.  Detailed information will be available at the hearings.

This is not a Project which the HPC wants to impose on unwilling property owners.  Before considering any formal proposal, the Commission wishes to find out what the residents want, so that it may revise the Project accordingly.

Hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the duCret School of Art, 1030 Central Avenue.  This hearing is open to the general public, not just the property owners in the proposed expansion areas.  We would like to hear what any and all City residents want or don't want, and we wish to address their concerns. 

Interested residents are encouraged to read the sections of the City Website that deal with the Historic Preservation, such as the Ordinance, the Design Guidelines, the Maps of our 10 existing Historic Districts and 18 Historic Sites, and our Meeting Minutes, which show exactly what we do.  Also enclosed is a broad explanation of the benefits which we feel are gained, from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  All residents are also always welcome to attend regular HPC meetings, which are held on the 4th Tuesday of every month at City Hall.


William H. Michelson, Chairman

City of Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission


Lost Dog: Chanel is Still Missing

The McCabe's dog, CHANEL, is still missing. Last seen on Farley Ave., Fanwood, NJ around March 26. If spotted, please call Bob or Barbara ASAP at 908-565-1058 or 732-887-4866.

REWARD for safe return of CHANEL.



Scenes from a St. Paddy's Day Progressive Dinner

PLAINFIELD, NJ - If you didn't have a chance to attend the annual Netherwood Heights Neighbors St. Patrick's Day Progressive Dinner, we missed you.  For those who had the luck of the Irish with them and were able to come, a fun night was had by all!

Take a look at some photos:

Many thanks to all of the night's hosts:  Jennifer and Wayne, Andrea and Brian, and Mary, too!

Someone left a pair of glasses at the appetizer house.  Email us at if they are yours.


Van Wyck Brooks Historic District Invites Residents to Annual Picnic

The members of the VWBHD invite all residents to come and meet old friends and new neighbors at the Annual Picnic.

  • Date: Saturday July 22, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Place: Barbara & Abe's home, 420 Stelle Avenue in Plainfield

Bring a dish or dessert. Items must be ready to serve; no oven or refrigerator will be available. Please put your name at the bottom of your dish.

Beverages (soda, and wine) will be provided.

Please bring a chair. Bring your bathing suit and a towel, pool will be open.

This year there will be a BEST PUNCH Contest. If you are entering the contest, please have your punch at the picnic by 3:00 PM. There will be prizes!



Stop by The Coffee Box for 'Coffee with a Cop'

Plainfield Police Officers will be at The Coffee Box on Saturday, July 15.  Get to know our city's officers, ask questions, and voice your concerns.

There is no agenda, so join the conversation!

The Coffee Box is located at 1359 South Avenue in Plainfield.  'Coffee with a Cop' will take place from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.