BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Planning Board members who toured the site of proposed apartment units and townhouses, a total of 280 units, off Mountainview Boulevard said that neighboring homes were barely visible with trees on the leaves _ and a second site visit is now scheduled for a less leafy time of year.
The site visit, which is open to the public as well as planning officials, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, with a meeting place at the Sloan Kettering sign off Mountainview Boulevard.
Meanwhile, the continuing public hearings on Mountainview Corporate Center's proposed mix of market price and state-ordered affordable housing is now scheduled to next return at the Dec. 3 Planning Board meeting, after being carried from an earlier meeting.
At the Oct. 22 Planning Board meeting, Ron Kennedy, engineer for the applicant, said the plan for the buildings would help to use the grade changes of the property to help shield the development from neighbors' view.
"We are trying to work with the grade [and] get the buildings as low as possible," Kennedy said.
Public notice for Saturday's site walk said that board members and any members of the public who wish to attend will meet representatives of the applicant at the Sloan Kettering sign at 10 a.m., and then proceed to walk the property to view it against the plans for the application on file with the Planning Board office.
No business will be conducted during the site visit, according to the planning department notice.
The 280-unit housing plan is part of Bernards Township's settlement with the state to provide additional affordable housing in the latest "round" of required more affordable housing in the township.
Mountainview Corporate Center is seeking preliminary and final approval for a multifamily "inclusionary" housing development off Mountainview Boulevard, with 62 units to be set aside for a combination of very low and moderate-income households.
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.
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. A corporate office complex had previously been planned _ and approved _ for development on the site.