Important notice for Tuesday, August 14th

ATTEND THE TUESDAY AUGUST 14TH TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

  
On August 7th the township issued a press release and sent an email blast regarding the August 14th Bernards Township Committee meeting. 


There are two significant agenda items to be discussed, the first is an affordable housing proposal and the second is the hiring and placement of a Special Police Officer III in the Bernards Township School District. Please click on this red highlighted link to read the full meeting agenda.


 Please try to make arrangements to attend this important meeting. The public portion of the August 14th meeting begins at 8 PM, in the Municipal Building, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ.  

AUGUST 14TH MEETING DETAILS

AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROPOSALS AND PRESENTATIONS

  In an effort to satisfy its state-mandated affordable housing obligation, the Township has reached a tentative settlement agreement with the Fair Share Housing Center. 


Two proposals have been put forth by potential developers to satisfy this agreement.   #1  K&K Developers - 3301 and 3299 Valley Road (Block 9001, Lots 99 and 100)  #2  SJP Properties – 180-181 Mountainview Boulevard (Block 11301, Lot 1)  

SPECIAL POLICE OFFICERS IN OUR SCHOOLS

The April 14th agenda includes Resolution #2018-0368 - which stipulates that the Township and the Board of Education, through the Bernards Township Police Department,  shall hire, and make available a designate number of SLEO III Officers as determined by both parties to the Bernards Township Schools. 


Please follow the highlighted red link to the proposed ordinance Memorandum to understand our Township's liability and fiscal responsibility associated with this ordinances.

EMAIL THE TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE

 The August 14th meeting will offer opportunities for the public to question and comment on the proposals.


For those of you who cannot attend, the meeting will be video streamed live over the township’s website (www.bernards.org) and broadcast on local PEG Channels, Cablevision Channel 15, and FIOS Channel 35.


Additionally, If you cannot attend and have questions after reviewing the potential developer proposals or additional school police officer, please email the Township Committee.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESS

Affordable Housing mandates are court imposed mandates that only exist in the great old state of New Jersey.  It has turned into a political football and lobbyist cash cow, which requires communities to provide housing at their expense without consideration of the impact of over-development on its proposed community. Traffic, environmental, school system, sewer and water capacity impact studies do not need to be provided by developers  or weighed by the courts when they impose the mandate. Who pays? The tax payer, and developers get rich. Sounds like corruption...Doesn't  it?

Assembly Housing Committee holds a contentious public hearing _ Video _ NJTV News (pdf)

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N.J. needs to build 155,000 affordable housing units. No one can agree on how or where _ NJ.com (pdf)

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We don't have the money or the land for court-mandated affordable housing _ Opinion _ NJ.com (pdf)

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Bernards Township to hear plans for 466 new homes (pdf)

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State Affordable Housing Settlement, Two Development Proposals on Aug. 14 Agenda for Bernards Committee (pdf)

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Affordable housing deal nears in Bernards Township (pdf)

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Affordable housing issues percolate in Bernards Township (pdf)

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Racism charged in Somerset Hills affordable housing fight (pdf)

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Affordable Housing 101 A Brief History (pdf)

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Study predicts 39 percent spike in Cranford student population (pdf)

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CIp Civil Suits Against Bernards Township

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

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2018-03-08 CIP Complaint (pdf)

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2018-03-09 CIP Amended Complaint (pdf)

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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.


THE SIERRA CLUB STANDS WITH FRIENDS OF STOP THE QUARRY PLAN, LLC

 Read their statement and resolution against the proposed redevelopment plan. 

WHO WE ARE

  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.  

WHY WE CARE

 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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What can I do?

 

  1. Stay informed about and engaged with our local government by attending township committee meetings and reading meeting agenda and minutes
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DEMAND

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. 

Start the process over again with an informed and engaged citizenry.

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