HOLMDEL, NJ - Middletown Mayor Tony Perry paid the Holmdel Planning Board a zoom visit on Tuesday evening. He asked the Holmdel Planning Board to deny a 60-unit application on Palmer Ave (near Middletown) that was discussed during a lengthy meeting.

The concerns he expressed included traffic, drainage and emergency services such as ems and fire. 

Another concern about the project, expressed by residents, related to school busses. The applicants expert said that it would be up to the Holmdel Board of Education as to how children would be picked up on Palmer Avenue. Many felt it would be very dangerous to have multiple pickups every school day on the busy road. The traffic engineer for the applicant deferred to the Holmdel Board of Education and added that smaller busses could be used to go into the actual development if Palmer Avenue was not acceptable. 

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The meeting featured extensive testimony from the applicants professionals in terms of site and design as well as extensive commentary in regard to drainage.

Streaming live on Facebook, there was no decision made on the project - which is part of Holmdel's affordable housing plan. The plan is compliant with the local land use ordinances in place and is, therefore, not likely to be denied as it is a product of the Holmdel Township Committee and their attempts to address affordable housing mandates in town.

Sitting on the board are elected officials involved in the history of the affordable housing plan including Mayor Buontempo and Committeeman Santhana. The board is Chaired by Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and includes Brian Foster who is also a member of the Holmdel Board of Education. 

Watch the meeting of the Holmdel Planning Board on Facebook