BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ At the applicant's request, the Millington Quarry application to subdivide the 180-acre defunct quarry into two separate lots has been removed from the township Zoning Board of Adjustment's Sept. 4 agenda, the township confirmed.
No future date has been assigned for the public hearing as of Wednesday, according to the township planning office.
A hearing on the request by the owner of Millington Quarry to split the property off Stonehouse Road into two separate zoning lots — one of about 50 acres, and the other of almost 130 acres — had been on the August 7 Board of Adjustment agenda, but was also removed from that date at the applicant's request.
Stop the Quarry group urges residents to attend hearing
The Friends of the Stop the Quarry local citizens group had been urging township resident to attend the hearing, with members of the group saying that the quarry owners intend to divide the property into a "contaminated" and "non-contaminated" area without dealing with what they say are the remains of filler soil trucked onto the site about a decade ago.
While the quarry owners say that all contamination issues have been addressed, the residents' group said that toxins are still present.
The quarry's application had been filed and came up before the board earlier this year in March _ only to result in an objection by the Township Committee that the quarry would first have to meet the requirements of, and file an update for, its rehabilitation plan for the future of the deeply quarried property.
Ruling on a broader legal motion filed by Millington Quarry, a state judge in May found merit that that an updated quarry rehabilitation plan is needed, but declined to rule on the township's request without a fuller record on the matter.
In March, Michael Lavigne, an attorney representing Millington Quarry, said there would be "no furtherance of a development plan" resulting from a subdivision of the quarry property. He added the quarry has a potential buyer for the entire property, but said he is not the attorney involved with the potential land sale.