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.
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)
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.
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 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)Download
N.J. needs to build 155,000 affordable housing units. No one can agree on how or where _ NJ.com (pdf)Download
We don't have the money or the land for court-mandated affordable housing _ Opinion _ NJ.com (pdf)Download
Bernards Township to hear plans for 466 new homes (pdf)Download
State Affordable Housing Settlement, Two Development Proposals on Aug. 14 Agenda for Bernards Committee (pdf)Download
Affordable housing deal nears in Bernards Township (pdf)Download
Affordable housing issues percolate in Bernards Township (pdf)Download
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Affordable Housing 101 A Brief History (pdf)Download
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Proposed overdevelopment on 42 Acres would contain:
Why you should be concerned:
Where are the Environmental Impact Studies? Including:
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.
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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This proposal is NOT in any way shape or form consistent with the Master Plan.