Welcome to Stop The Quarry Plan

THANK YOU TO THE STOP THE QUARRY PLAN SUPPORTERS, OUR EFFORTS WERE MET WITH SUCCESS!


The Township Committee voted 4-1 (Gaziano dissenting) to pass Resolution #2018-0109, revoking the Millington Quarry's Redevelopment Designation,  rejecting the proposed plan, and keeping  the present R3 zoning in the Township Master Plan. 

The fight is not over, we learned that we need to stay involved. Our mission from the start was to make sure any and all contamination is remediated. Stay tuned for more information regarding contamination cleanup as we have heard back from the NJDEP and will be sharing soon.


BERNARDS TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE Meeting

February 13, 2018 – 8 PM

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP - TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE COMBINED AGENDA - REGULAR MEETING February 13, 2018 8pm Meeting Start

8:00 PM Public Comment

Bernards Township Municipal Building, Warren Craft Meeting Room 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 

Meeting Highlights Include:

Affordable Housing 

Infrastructure Plan

2018 Budget

Please read the documents attached to the Meeting Agenda button above and come with your concerns and questions. STQP plan has shown that informed and prepared residents make for a better community.

Februrary 13th 8 AM Meeting

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Intimate venue, which allows for a greater opportunity for honest Q & A

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 Read their statement and resolution against the proposed redevelopment plan. 

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Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goal to Stop the Quarry Plan.

 You can donate by clicking the donate button below or via check.

  

Please note, If you donate via the donate button, when you enter an amount to donate it automatically calculates and posts a TIP for You Caring of 15%, which is deducted from your donation, please enter $0 for the tip, so all the funds come to us. 


Please make checks payable to Friends of Stop the Quarry Plan, LLC and mail to: 

Friends of Stop the Quarry Plan, 5 Lyons Mall, Box 166, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

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. 

WHY YOU SHOULD DONATE

 Funds are needed for:

· Legal Team Versed in Land Use Laws

· Experts and Consultants

· Communications and Marketing


Any funds that are collected and not used for this purpose will be donated to a local charity, The Raptor Trust.

HOW TO DONATE

You can donate by clicking the donate button below or via check.


Please note, If you donate via the donate button, when you enter an amount to donate it automatically calculates and posts a TIP for You Caring of 15%, which is deducted from your donation, please enter $0 for the tip, so all the funds come to us. 

 

Please make checks payable to Friends of Stop the Quarry Plan, LLC and mail to: 

Friends of Stop the Quarry Plan, 5 Lyons Mall, Box 166, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

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FACTS

The 62 page ordinance and the sketch


Do you want to add

-235 New residential dwellings  

73 Townhouses 

47 Single Family Dwellings 

80 Apartments  

35 Affordable Apartments 

- Hotel with up to 250 rooms  

- 60,000 SQF Retail 

- 140,000 SQF Commercial  

to Bernards Township?


  Township Committee’s current statement can be found at www.bernards.org or here.    

UNKNOWNS

There has been lack of openness around this plan and it is being rushed to approval.

  • The township committee released the plan embedded in its agenda one week prior to the meeting. 
  • Most residents only knew about it via news, neighbors or social media.   Had the Bernardsville News not run an article, the public would never have known of the plan unless they had gone to the website to check the agenda. 
  • The plan is to be discussed on the November 13that 8pm  but it still could be voted on and approved before the end of the year. 
  • A Public meeting is not the same as a publicized meeting.   

Not enough information exists about the impact to Bernards Township

  • Contaminated Soil on 45 acres. 
  • Traffic on Stonehouse and Lyons is an existing problem. 
  • No traffic study has been done. 
  • The impact of 235 new housing units, commercial & retail space, 2 restaurants, hotel and a grocery market will be heavy.  
  • The township committee needs to provide details on the proposed housing including elevations, specifications and proposed price points. 
  • Millington is currently redeveloping the warehouse district behind the train station, which will include more commercial space and housing.

Our schools are full.

  • The township committee has not substantiated its claim of low-impact on the schools. How will it be achieved and what numbers were used?  
  • Board of Education demographer states 1.7 children per housing unit regardless of size. This could mean almost 400 new students to our schools.  

Contamination has not been remediated & publicly documented to the satisfaction of the citizens.

The township committee needs to provide the Environmental Impact Study:  

  • Pollution Study 
  • Traffic Study 
  • Environmental Sensitive Land 
  • Wetlands (Endangered Species)
  • Storm Water Management 
  • Contamination of Soil/Water-Remediation Plan 
  • Lake Construction Plan 
  • Safety of the Cliff  

There are conflicts 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.

Lack of transparency on why the township committee is pursuing redevelopment

  • The township committee should provide citizens with information about receiving funds for the transit village, low-income housing
  • The new, large scale redevelopment plan and rezoning ordinance were initiated with no public input, rather discussed during “closed sessions” or by committees with no private citizens as members.   

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
  2. Join the facebook page (Stop the Quarry Plan) or email to be added to our mailing list (info@stopthequarryplan.com)
  3. Check back, we will be adding information as it becomes available.  

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 183 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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