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Public Hearing on STR Redevelopment Plan Moved to September 12th

UPDATE: We have been informed that the public hearing has been moved to the September 12th meeting of the borough council. The Pinelands Preservation Alliance sent out fliers with the incorrect meeting date and time

SOUTH TOMS RIVER – A public hearing on a controversial plan to redevelop the borough’s uncapped landfill into townhomes will be held at Tuesday night’s meeting of the borough council.

The borough council will vote tonight on whether or not to adopt an ordinance authorizing a redevelopment plan for the site of South Toms River’s uncapped landfill, which will see the construction of a 27 building townhouse apartment complex, with 314 total units to be built, if approved.

At heated meetings of the borough’s municipal land use board, environmental advocates from the Pinelands Preservation Alliance along with some local residents have vocally opposed the project on the grounds that the townhomes will place an increased burden on the borough’s schools and other public services.

“There is a landfill in between the ‘new’ residential areas that needs to be capped and closed properly and there are threatened and endangered species currently utilizing the site,” said the PPA’s Theresa Lettman in a previous interview.

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If approved, the plan will see the developer of the townhouses be exempted from property tax payments for a minimum of 5 years, with long-term tax abatements also being a possibility.

The meeting will be held at the borough’s new municipal complex located at 19 Double Trouble Road at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening. Check back for more details after the meeting.

The full plan is viewable below:

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