We recognize that Raritan Township will become a more populated and more diverse community with a variety of new housing being built specifically for renters, older adults and income challenged residents. In the last two years (2018 and 2019), Raritan Township issued 450 building permits. This is more than the number of permits issued in the previous 10 years. This is unprecedented growth. That is why we want to ensure that development always improves our community, and that our community receives appropriate public services from the township. 

To anticipate and meet the needs of current and new residents, we propose to establish a Social Services position to administer services for Raritan Township residents with questions or issues related to housing, mental health, employment, childcare, Lifeline, Home Energy Assistance and other human service needs. There are other communities in Hunterdon County who have a social needs administrator assisting residents with these types of concerns. Raritan Township does not.  

Without a dedicated administrator, our residents’ needs are not fully met, or they are completely unfulfilled because we do not have anyone who has the credentials or resources to provide assistance for this segment of our community.  

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Responsible Community Growth also means development is planned and performed in accordance with the Township’s Master Plan and Open Space Plan. These plans, reconfirmed last year, reflect the township’s vision and include objectives such as limiting growth to existing sewer capacity, promoting smart growth policies, and committing additional resources to achieve established Open Space goals. 

Finally, we propose to work with owners of empty or neglected storefronts and properties to understand how the Township can revitalize business opportunities or how the vacant buildings can be re-purposed to benefit our community. 

The Master Plans are the blueprints for Responsible Community Growth. Kent Davis and John Dawson intend to use these blueprints to ensure the future of Raritan Township reflects the values and priorities of its residents today.

For more information on our platform visit us at www.DavisAndDawson.com

 

Kent Davis and John Dawson

Candidates for Raritan Township Committee