At Tuesday's meeting, several residents spoke out against the notion of a group home on Glendale Road, citing concerns about the possibility of decreased property values and increased traffic in the quiet neighborhood.
Reading from a letter sent to the council by the Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities, Councilman Albert Dill, Jr. explained that proposed group homes are not required to discuss the use of the home with neighbors.
Our House, Inc., housing coordinator, Gia Gore, reiterated the organization's plans for the site, which include having no more than four cars at the property at one time and adhering to all city zoning ordinances. She asked that the council approve the proposal based on Our House's track record in Summit where it has established 14 other group homes.
Our House's Peter Wisniewski told the council that a group home located on Pine Way, which boasts some of the priciest homes in New Providence, has been adopted into the community, adding that property values have not decreased.
The city of Summit will receive four credits toward its Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) obligation.