FLEMINGTON, NJ – The Hunterdon County Freeholders Tuesday approved a $6.16 million spending plan for open space preservation projects, which will be funded by the county’s open space trust fund.

The plan, “continues our commitment to maximizing the use of open space revenues towards preserving farmland from development,” Freeholder Director John Lanza said.

The plan includes as many as 17 farmland properties over 1,200 acres, he added.

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The ordinance authorizes “various open space projects” that also include “improvements to dams and/or construction of new trails, improvements to Dog Park and the Pavilion at Teetertown.”

The plan as approved authorizes the typical “soft costs” associated with land acquisition – such as appraisals and title searches – but also allows spending on “all work, equipment, materials and accessories necessary” for the projects.

Raritan Township resident Barbara Sachau was the only member of the public who commented on the plan. She said she preferred to see the money used for “passive recreation, not active recreation. We’d like to see wildlife peacefully live on the open space land.”