Historic Preservation

Scotch Plains has a long history that dates back to the colonial era. From the Osborne Cannonball house and Stage House Inn downtown, to the Frazee Lee house and others along Raritan Rd across town, there remain standing linkages to our forebears from hundreds of years ago.

Most of our surrounding neighbors, such as Fanwood and Westfield, have working Historic Preservation Commissions, that have power to preserve these most significant of sites. In Scotch Plains, our Historic Preservation Commission was declared invalid around 2010, and has not been in effect since.

It is up to the Town Council to update, or pass a new, Historic Preservation Ordinance that would empower an historic preservation commission to protect some of our most significant historical sites. I’ve proposed the following ordinance, though I remain open to suggestions for how to improve it.

Historic Preservation Proposed Ordinance

And to learn more about Scotch Plains History, you can visit or join the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood here:

Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood

If you have any questions, you can email me here: ljones@scotchplainsnj.com