FAIRFIELD, NJ — Area residents living within 200 feet of the Green Brook Country Club have raised questions about the future development of the land after receiving notification from the township about a proposed ordinance that would establish a new Inclusionary Residential Overlay (IRO) Zone in order to allow single-family homes and affordable units to be built on the property.
During last week’s Fairfield Township Council meeting, residents expressed gratitude that development plans are not currently set in stone. Township Administrator Joseph Catenaro explained that the developer will be required to present plans to the planning boad prior to finalizing the details.
According to Catenaro, there is 160 acres of land involved in the project, with 70 acres belonging to Fairfield and 90 acres belonging to North Caldwell.
He also noted that the township and the property owner entered into a settlement agreement in November 2018 establishing the development of 150 market-rate, single-family homes with a maximum of three bedrooms and 35 affordable units. Eighteen of the affordable units will be family rental units and 17 will be age-restricted senior rental units.
According to Catenaro, the homes will be smaller than the average third-of-an-acre lots—with seven feet in between each patio home in comparison to the average 15 feet. The master bedroom will be on the first floor, and the homes will not exceed 35 feet in height.
Catenaro added that the lot layout is fixed and the zoning is set. He also made it clear that even if the land is sold again in the future, this agreement holds.
Residents on Mill Street and Fleetwood were reassured that there would be no increase of traffic, as all entrances and exits will be via Greenbrook Road.
According to the proposed ordinance, the purpose of the IRO zones is to “provide a realistic opportunity for the construction of affordable housing as part of a comprehensive, planned, inclusionary development and help to address Fairfield’s fair share housing obligation under the New Jersey Fair Housing Act.”