BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township officials have formally objected to a proposal by Far Hills Borough to build state-ordered affordable housing as part of a 91-unit housing complex at the Bernards border at the corner of Douglas and Liberty Corner roads, according to a release from Bernards Township.
The Bernards Township Committee is sending a letter to Far Hills Mayor Paul Vallone and Borough Council to express the township's objection to the borough’s inclusion of the so-called “Douglas Road Site” to satisfy Far Hills' Mount Laurel state housing compliance plan, said the release, issued by Bernards late on Friday.
Bernards requests meeting with Far Hills
The Bernards Committee has requested a meeting with Far Hils representatives to discuss the matter "to see if it can be amicably resolved," the release said.
“I am optimistic that Far Hills Borough and Bernards Township can work together for the benefit of both communities on this matter," Bernards Township Mayor John Carpenter said in the release.
The release referenced a January Memorandum of Understanding that Far Hills signed with K&K Developers, Inc., to construct a total of 91 housing units on 18.58 acres located at the corner of Liberty Corner Road and Douglas Road in Far Hills, by the township border.
The proposed residential development would include 20 family rental "affordable housing" units, the agreement says. The development would be built with a housing density of 4.9 units per acre.
The release said the township objects to the plan on the basis that the Douglas Road site is not suitable for such a development because the properties located across Douglas Road and situated in the Township are large residential homes on minimum 3-acre lots.
Douglas Road, a narrow road that leads from Liberty Corner Road to Allen Road in The Hills, was repaved last year with a state transportation grant shared by Bernards and Far Hills. The border between the two municipalities runs down the center of Douglas Road.