Somerset County

Hillsborough Residents Invited to Add Their Two Cents to Discussion of Priority Investment in Somerset County

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County is hosting its first public information meeting on the Supporting Priority Investment in Somerset County Phase 3 Study next month.

The meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the third-floor freeholders’ meeting room in the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. 

The Supporting Priority Investment in Somerset County Phase 3 Study is a continuation of a multi-year planning process to support the County Investment Framework.  This effort is being undertaken in partnership with the county’s 21 municipalities. 

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The Phase 3 Study involves a thorough analysis of future land use alternatives for the Priority Growth Investment Areas and Local Priority Areas in Somerset County.  The analysis will include recommendations for transportation, infrastructure and land use and zoning changes that advance the goals and objectives of the Somerset County Investment Framework and municipal master plans.

“This study is part of a comprehensive planning program that will guide us as we seek to leverage Somerset County’s considerable assets and make strategic investments to support  redevelopment and targeted growth areas,” said Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh.

The first public meeting will include:

·        An overview of the Phase 3 Study

·        A review of the study areas and the findings of the market assessment report

·        A discussion of next steps

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Somerset County Planning Division staff and members of the consultant team.

This year-long study is funded through a Sub-Regional Studies Program grant from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.  Previous phases of this study received an Achievement in Planning Award from the New Jersey Planning Officials.

The Somerset County Administration Building has free parking available in the adjacent Bernie Field Parking Deck; the entrance to the deck is off East High Street.  NJ Transit bus and rail service are within walking distance.  Driving directions to the Somerset County Administration Building can be found at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/about/county-complex-directions

For more information, contact Somerset County Planning Director Walter Lane, AICP/PP, at PlanningBd@co.somerset.nj.us or (908) 231-7021. 

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