Friday, February 1, 2013

Copart in the News

Today's Times of Trenton had an interesting story about Copart, a vehicle salvage business, that is currently having a dispute with Mansfield Township (Burlington County) officials.

Apparently Copart leased 22-acres from Vanco, a trucking and trailer company located in Mansfield Township, and, according to the article, "... Over the last two months, thousands of cars have appeared — sometimes in the middle of the night — turning the open space into a massive junkyard and breaking local zoning laws, Mansfield officials said." A NJDEP report says that there are approximately 2,400 vehicles onsite.

Why does the HNJJ find this interesting?

In December, 2012, there was a fire at Hercules Enterprises, a company specializing in custom truck chassis and trailers, on Valley Road. According to a December 3, 2012, article "... Officers found about 20 vehicles actively burning in the southeast corner of an expansive staging area on the industrial property where hundreds of salvaged cars were parked, police said. ...The property is leased by the Copart Salvage Auction company on Camplain Road in Hillsborough for storage of its vehicles, police said."

Vanco is scheduled to appear before the Mansfield Township Zoning Board on Monday to get permission to store the vehicles for up to 18-months. It would sure be an interesting meeting for Hillsborough officials.

Copart of Connecticut, Inc., appeared before the Hillsborough Township Planning Board on January 6, 2011. According to the agenda..
COPART of Connecticut, Inc. – File #10-PB-13-SRV – Block 73.01, Lot 1 – 2124 Camplain Road. Applicant seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval with ‘c’ bulk variance from maximum impervious coverage and waivers to construct an on-site detention basin, staging area for vehicle deliveries, frontage landscaping and driveway access improvements. The Applicant is proposing to use this property in the I-1 District as an internet vehicle processing facility.

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