LUMBERTON TOWNSHIP LAND DEVELOPMENT BOARD MEETING CANCELLED FOR JULY 9, 2020
LAND DEVELOPMENT BOARD MEETING CANCELLED FOR JULY 9, 2020.
REDEVELOPMENT HEARING RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 13, 2020.
LUMBERTON TOWNSHIP LAND DEVELOPMENT BOARD
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
PURSUANT TO REDEVELOPMENT LAW
Pursuant to the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et seq. (the “Redevelopment Law”), municipalities are authorized to determine whether certain parcels of land located therein constitute areas in need of redevelopment. By Resolution 2020-40B dated January 16, 2020, and amended by Resolution 2020-102 dated June 18, 2020, the Township Committee of the Township of Lumberton authorized and directed the Lumberton Township Land Development Board to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether certain areas meet the criteria set forth in the Redevelopment Law and should be designated as areas in need of redevelopment (non-condemnation) and/or rehabilitation within the meaning of the law.
In response to this referral, the Lumberton Township Land Development Board directed Taylor Design Group, Inc. to prepare a Preliminary Investigation Report to assist the Board in determining whether the area qualifies as an area of redevelopment or rehabilitation. The Study Area includes: Block 41, Lots 3.01, 6, 7 & 8; Block 43, Lot 1; and Block 46.01, Lots 2.01 & 2.02, which generally includes a portion of the RA-S Zone. The Study Area is comprised of 7 lots totaling approximately 61 acres located at 82 Fostertown Road, south of its intersection with Medford-Mt. Holly Road (CR 541). To the east, is an offshoot of the Rancocas Creek Southern Branch, and to the south, the Study Area is bounded by Medford Township. To the north, the Study Area is bounded by Bridge Road, and to the West, primarily by Fostertown Road. A majority of the Study Area is used as agriculture. However, the southern portion, specifically Block 46.01 Lot 2.01, contain land uses associated with the Flying W Airport. These uses include a portion of the runway, airplane storage, office space, a hotel, and a café. Wetlands exist on the site, and encompass much if not all of Block 41, Lots 7 and 8.
The Planner has produced a map depicting the study area set forth above, and has provided the statement setting forth the basis of the investigation in accord with the Redevelopment Law at N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-6.b(1). The Redevelopment Law requires that the Land Development Board conduct a public hearing prior to making its determinations on whether any of the referred Study Area shall be designated as areas in need of redevelopment and/or rehabilitation. In accord with N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-6.b(3)(c), it is specified that this is a non-condemnation referral, and the municipality will not have redevelopment condemnation authority even if the delineated area or a portion thereof is deemed to meet the redevelopment criteria.
This Public Hearing will be conducted by the Land Development Board on July 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lumberton Township Building, 35 Municipal Drive, Lumberton, New Jersey 08048. Please be advised that unless directed by the Governor, the State, County or Local Office of Emergency Management, Lumberton Township Land Development Board will conduct its July 9, 2020 meeting as scheduled at 7:00 p.m. at the Lumberton Township Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Drive, Lumberton, NJ. Please be further advised that the meeting will be open to the public but limited to a total of thirty people including up to seven Board Members and officials. The remaining twenty-three people that wish to attend, with priority given to Township residents, will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Members of the public wishing to make a public comment in lieu of attendance may do so electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your comments by 4:00 p.m. on July 9, 2020.
Residents may also access the meeting remotely using Zoom Conferencing for both audio and video footage, to join please type, https://zoom.us/j/8159797571 into your internet browser. You may also dial in for audio off your mobile phone by calling 1-929-205-6099 and pressing 8159797571# to join. Members of the public are reminded that they are able to comment during the Public Comment portions of the July 9, 2020, Lumberton Township Land Development Board meeting. Members of the public joining the meeting through Zoom wishing to make public comment must provide their name in the Zoom Chat so that the Zoom Host will know of your interest and can unmute your microphone at the appropriate time. (Those utilizing the Zoom application, please refer to the following link https://zoom.us/ meetings with your web browser to provide a tutorial of the application).
The Redevelopment investigation area report, map, and statement, along with any other supporting documents to be considered by the Board are available in electronic format on the Lumberton Township website by clicking on a link on the Land Development Board page. For those without internet access, the documents will be on-file in the office of the Board Secretary. Please contact Cathy Borstad via email (email@example.com) or telephone (609-267-3217) to make an appointment to view the documents at the Municipal Building.
At the hearing, the Professional Planner will provide testimony and an overview of the Report for the Study Area. Any interested party may appear at the hearing and be heard during open public comment. This hearing may be carried to future dates and the public is notified to keep abreast of the proceedings.
Douglas L. Heinold, Esquire
Lumberton Land Development Board Attorney