The Quarry Plan is not dead

View Video of CIP Attorney Anne Babineau's Speech and Bernards Township Attorney John Belardo's Response.

At the March 13th Township Committee Meeting, Community Investment Partners’ (CIP) attorney Ann Babineau shared CIPs’ intention to continue to pursue overdevelopment of the quarry and has filed lawsuits against Bernards Township. It appears they will use litigation and the threat of affordable housing units to convince the courts to side with them and force our town to permit overdevelopment.

They claim to be seeking "input and guidance and will be at our service in terms of the continuing the planning process." In reality they are attempting to scare the township committee to reinstating the area of redevelopment which is a known tactic that developers are using all over NJ to overdevelop under the guise of Affordable Housing.

Really? Who met and planned with these people in the past? Why did you lead us all down this road? Look at what it has cost us all. Do we really want to open that door again with this same group? Do we trust their motives or intentions?

On January 24th, our Township Committee did the right thing and we believed the door was closed.” We now have single dwelling-2 acre zoning in place and it needs to stay that way.


Email our Township Committee and tell them that they need to hold fast to the current zoning. They should not entertain any redevelopment of the quarry until we are assured that it is clean and that any proposed plan is put forth to the community in full, in an open and transparent fashion.

Dear Township Committee Members,


I was shocked and dismayed to see that CIP has filed suit against Bernards Township. I do not believe they have the best interests of our community in mind as they seek to make millions on redeveloping the Millington Quarry site. They clearly were not listening to our citizens when we spoke out during the past 6 months. Why trust them now?

 Please do not change the zoning from 2 acre zoning. Stay true to your word to our community. Don't be bullied.

Thank you to Mr. Belardo for his eloquent statement calling their lawsuit frivolous.

Yours Truly,


Recent Press Coverage

After you peruse Quarry City 2018's recent press coverage be sure to visit the Letters to The Editor 2 tab for some real doozies.

Community Investment Partners Resurrection 3/14/18 (pdf)


Lawsuit Filed Against Basking Ridge Over Quarry Decision 3/15/18 (pdf)


Quarry War 3/19/18 (pdf)


Quarry Plan Developer Seeks Reconsideration of Proposal 3/17/18 (pdf)


Battle Over Future of Bernards Quarry Not Over 3/20/18 (pdf)


CIp Civil Suits Against Bernards Township

2018-03-09 CIP Notice of Appearance (pdf)


2018-03-08 CIP Complaint (pdf)


2018-03-09 CIP Amended Complaint (pdf)


Welcome to quarry city 2018

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Facts and Figures

Proposed overdevelopment  on 42 Acres would contain:

  • 380 Dwellings Consisting of 300 Apartments (no idea how many bedrooms) and 80 Townhomes (no idea as to SF or beds/baths)
  • 10,000 SF Restaurant (does that include outdoor dining?)
  • 54,500 SF Retail Space
  • 10,000 SF Community Center

 Why you should be concerned:

  • Contaminated Soil on 45 acres. 
  • Traffic on Stonehouse and Lyons is an existing problem (would you like up to three additional stop lights on Stonehouse Rd., between Valley and Lyons Rd.?) 
  • Let's see a traffic study that includes not only Quarry City's impact, but the impact of the proposed Dewy Meadow  and Millington Village developments, both of which are within a one mile radius.
  • The impact of 380 new housing units (unknown SF Bed/baths), commercial & retail space,  and 1 restaurants.  
  • Why haven't we been provided details on the proposed housing including elevations, square footage,  specifications and proposed price points? 
  • Will blasting be required for building footings and foundations?
  • Will Stonehouse Rd. need to be widen, and will that require the acquisition of  property from homes on Stonehouse Rd.?
  • Where is the lake management plan including costs, liability, mosquito management, water pollution strategies, and how to limit fertilizer runoff which will form algae blooms?


Where are the Environmental Impact Studies? Including:  

  • Air Pollution Study (additional traffic)
  • Light pollution study 
  • Environmental Sensitive Land 
  • Wetlands (Endangered Species)
  • Storm Water Management 
  • Contamination of Soil/Water-Remediation Plan 
  • Lake Construction Plan 
  • Safety of the Cliff 
  • Lake Water Discharge Plan (it is a closed body of water and will need to be discharged into the Passaic River for overflow)
  • No water testing is being conducted during the lake fill period (the lake is covering contaminated soil merely capped by crushed red stone).


There is a conflict of interest.

Sorge, a licensed site remediation professional (LSRP), has been licensed by the DEP. He works for MQI  to monitor the site and his findings are accepted by the town. 

Wolf in sheep's clothing.

If Community Investment Partners (CIP)- (the developer) were true to their lawyers statement  "We would very much like to get the input and guidance on how to most be at your service to be a part of the planning process," Babineau (CIP's attorney) said. "Certainly we can conduct a public discussion as you have strongly urged us to in a very transparent way and look forward to getting insight into what is the best way of perceiving as regards to the planning process."  

Why would they be filing lawsuits against Bernards Township to overturn the revocation of the Redevelopment Zone? If they were truly interested in public input they would pursue their project through non-litigious options.


April 10th, 2018 – 8 PM Township Committe Meeting

Bernards Township Municipal Building

 Warren Craft Meeting Room 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 

March 13th Township Committee Meeting:


 Read their statement and resolution against the proposed redevelopment plan. 


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  Friends of Stop the Quarry Plan, LLC are concerned residents of Bernards Township who support no zoning change at the Millington Quarry until it is indisputably verified to be environmentally safe.  Future development plans that require zoning changes to the property should have public input, be fiscally responsible and preserve the quality of life for Bernards Township residents.  


 The public has been prematurely presented with a draft plan which is being fast tracked by the Township Committee for approval.  The proposed plan would significantly intensify traffic to an already congested area, strain the school system and place the tax implications on the backs of residents, hurt our local business and forever change the “small-town” landscape and character of Basking Ridge. 


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Quarry rehabilitation and remediation of contaminants must happen first before redevelopment.

Remediation of contaminants must be publicly documented and done to satisfaction of town citizens

Public debate on options for use of 179 acres must take place first before any redevelopment plan

Township committee must represent the citizens of the township not the property owner or redeveloper

Redevelopment plan must reflect the will of the citizens and be consistent with Master Plan

 This proposal is NOT in any way shape or form consistent with the Master Plan. 

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