Following an hours-long meeting, the Jackson Township Zoning Board has approved plans for Rabbi Schecter’s Bais Medrash, formally known as Yeshiva Tiferes Talmud.
This approval allows the uses and permits multiple structures on the lot, which is split between the R-1 and R-3 Zones.
The vote in favor of the application, which includes the first-ever Yeshiva dormitory in Jackson Township, was unanimous.
The property contains a single-family home, converting the existing residential structures into a Bais Medrash (classroom) for approximately 60 students, and a dormitory.
The current property, located on Brewers Bridge Road, is split-zoned between an R1 and R3 zone.
The classroom and dormitory facilities are in the R3 zone, but the driveway access is in the R1 zone. The applicant assumed variance in order for the existing structures to be used as a school.
The board had previously asked many questions of a representative of the Yeshiva, as they sought to understand the various details of how a Yeshiva works, including the daily schedule, Shiurim, rules, off-Shabbosim and meals.
Additionally, relief was granted for the minimum size of the ADA parking space and the land banking a portion of the required parking spaces.
Other conditions of the approval included a maximum of 60 students, the basement may not be habitable, the land banking parking spots be at the zoning officer’s discretion, as well as added consideration with dense vegetation for the adjacent properties.
Last month, the Jackson Township Planning Board approved the application for the planned Jackson Boys Cheder.