SOMERSET HILLS NJ - The Bernards Township Committee has written a letter to the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Far Hills to voice its objection to the Borough’s inclusion of the “Douglas Road Site” in the Borough’s Mount Laurel Compliance Plan.  In addition, Bernards Township's leadership has requested a meeting with Far Hills representatives to discuss the matter to see if it can be amicably resolved. 

According to the Memorandum of Understanding that Far Hills has entered into with K&K Developers, Inc., the Douglas Road Site consists of 18.58 acres located at the corner of Liberty Corner Road and Douglas Road in Far Hills.  In the Memorandum, a residential development is proposed with a permitted density of 91 total units (which will include 20 family rental housing units), resulting in a density of 4.9 units per acre.

Bernards Township’s objection is that the Douglas Road Site is not suitable for such a development by reason of the properties located across Douglas Road and situated in the Township consisting of large residential homes on minimum 3-acre lots. 

Bernards Township Mayor John Carpenter stated: “I am optimistic that Far Hills Borough and Bernards Township can work together for the benefit of both communities on this matter.”