BERNARDS TWP., NJ - In anticipation of a large crowd, the Bernards Township Committee has scheduled another public discussion and further presentation on the proposed Millington Quarry redevelopment plan for 8 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 28, at the Performing Arts Center at Ridge High School.
The usual meeting location was moved after a previous Oct. 23 hearing and presentation on the quarry plan drew an overflow crowd, including many critics of a draft plan to build 235 homes, offices, retail space, and a hotel on the defunct quarry property on about 180 acres off Stonehouse Road.
The public portion of the usual Township Committee meeting is being relocated to the large PAC at the high school at 268 S. Finley Ave. in Basking Ridge.
At the Oct. 23 meeting, the majority of about 30 speakers about the proposed redevelopment plan raised questions about what the project's impact would be on traffic, schools, the town's finances and emergency responders. Additionally, some of the residents who spoke that night said they did not want to see such a large project in the township, and questioned the need for another hotel.
Some residents, however, spoke in favor of plans to build affordable housing for disabled adults who might already live in town, and to provide an community with some downtown amenities.
Some of the opponents also started a website, Stop the Quarry, outlining their objections and inviting residents to contact the group for further information.
The agenda for the meeting will include further discussion and presentation on the Proposed Quarry Redevelopment Plan, according to a Wednesday announcement from the township. The draft plan, subject to revision, would be implemented through a state redevelopment program that includes public input into the process.
The development of the property, however, would be conducted by a private group of investors whose membership has apparently changed since the project was first brought before the Township Committee about two years ago.
The complete agenda meeting for the Nov. 28 Bernards Township Committee is posted online on the Bernards Township website.
The agenda also includes a link to a drawing and accompanying details of the draft of the redevelopment plan, which includes a large lake that would be built into the quarrying pit now on the property.
The Township Committee had previously scheduled an additional public hearing for Nov. 13, but postponed that meeting in search of a venue that could hold a larger crowd.
This meeting will be video-streamed live on the township’s website (www.bernards.org). It will not be broadcasted live on local PEG channels, according to the township announcement.
Recording of meeting scheduled for later date
A recording of the meeting is scheduled for broadcast on Cablevision Channel 15 and Verizon Channel 35 at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1.
A YouTube video link will also be available on the township’s website after the meeting.
For official notices and updates regarding this meeting, residents are encouraged to check the township website, Facebook and Twitter Feeds, and local PEG Channels-Cablevision Channel 15 and Verizon Channel 35. Resident can also subscribe to receive email blasts for various township announcement and news events on the website, according to the township.