BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Planning Board has set a public hearing date of Sept. 17 for an application from Mountainview Corporate Center for approval of 280 multifamily housing, to include 62 units of state-ordered affordable housing, at the far end of Mountainview Boulevard.

The application was deemed to be complete at last week's Planning Board meeting, and to move forward for consideration by the board.

The applicant is proposing to construct 77 studio and one-bedroom units, 130 two-bedroom units, and 13 three-bedroom units on about 30 acres at the end of the roadway. 

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Another 60 three-bedroom townhouse development, part of the same application, is proposed for construction on almost 42 acres. 

Currently, according to applicant, the property is undeveloped, and characterized as forest with field areas.

Previously, when township zoning was changed to allow a developer to file on application on what had been a commercial site, neighbors complained that they were blindsided by plan, and said that township officials had worked more carefully with residents on the details of earlier development in the area. Concerns over an increase in traffic were also raised.

The Township Committee voted 3-2 in September 2018 to include the Mountainview project in its affordable housing plan.