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Capoolong Creek Wildlife Management Area
Franklin Township, Hunterdon County

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ("NJDEP") proposes to sell at public auction a historic structure located on approximately 0.30 acre of land identified on the Official Tax Map of Franklin Township, Hunterdon County as Block 26, Lot 8. The property has frontage on County Route 615 (Pittstown Road) and the Capoolong Creek and is adjacent to the Capoolong Creek Wildlife Management Area ("WMA"). This property, also known locally as the "Douglass House", was purchased by the NJDEP in 2003 to resolve the encroachment of a septic system onto the WMA and to extend the WMA to the Capoolong Creek.

The NJDEP intends to sell the Douglass House for residential use, but retain the portion of Lot 8 that is located on the south side of the Capoolong Creek as part of the WMA. The historic residence was previously used as employee housing but is no longer needed for this purpose. An alternative septic system design for the residence has been approved by Franklin Township and Hunterdon County.

Because the property is located in Franklin Township's Pittstown Historic District, the NJDEP will retain a historic preservation easement on the property as part of the sale.

Please see the attached documents for additional information about the property:

Written comments on the proposed sale may be directed to Maude Snyder, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship, Mail Code 501-01, 501 East State Street, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420. Written public comments will be accepted through December 1, 2016.

Upon completion of public comment period, the proposed sale of the Douglass House is subject to the approval of the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the State House Commission. If the proposed sale is approved, the auction of the property will be conducted on the NJDEP's behalf by the New Jersey Department of Treasury, based on the fair market value of the property as determined by an appraisal (taking into account the restrictions to be imposed on the property and its current condition.) The proceeds of the sale will be returned to the Garden State Preservation Trust Fund for future State acquisition purposes.

 

Written comments only Thursday,
December 1, 2016

Franklin Township Municipal Building
475 DeMott Lane
Somerset, New Jersey 08873

PUBLIC HEARING

The Township of Franklin will hold a public hearing to receive public comment regarding the proposed change in use and proposed development of Arlington Park (Block 264, Lots 20-33) located at 30 Arlington Avenue in the Township of Franklin, Somerset County. The proposed park development will include the construction of a basketball court, tot lot, park pavilion, access trails and perimeter fencing.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
6:00 PM
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Public Safety Building Courtroom
91 Union Street
Medford, New Jersey 08055

PUBLIC HEARING

Medford Township will hold a scoping hearing to obtain comments regarding an application for a major “after the fact” disposal of parkland owned by the Township. The application involves the removal of parkland from Medford Township's Recreation and Open Space Inventory ("ROSI"). The parcels involved have a total acreage of 1.199 acres and are designated on the Tax Map of Medford Township as follows: Block 707, Lots 5 and 10; Block 714, Lot 6.01 (F/K/A Lot 5); and Block 715, Lots 3 and 8. Subsequent to being listed on the ROSI, the Township sold the aforementioned parcels without the prior approval of the NJDEP Commissioner and State House Commission, resulting in the current application for a major disposal.

The Township will be offering to dedicate for park purposes 17.3 acres of replacement land as compensation for the proposed disposal, designated as Block 6801, Lot 6, and Block 6802, Lot 7, on the Tax Map of Medford Township. The replacement land will be added to the Township's ROSI and be held solely for recreation and conservation purposes.

By way of background, the Township of Medford had previously listed on its ROSI "Block 704-718, Lots - Various" as containing "25 + /- acres." However, an itemized accounting of said parkland was not provided. The Township of Medford has recently mapped the parkland in this area, in order to clarify the “various” parcel listing and to determine the specific parcels that were disposed of, as detailed above, and those that shall remain on its ROSI. Parcels which shall be listed on Medford Township's ROSI, having a total acreage of 22.55 acres, are designated on the Township's Tax Map as follows: Block 701, Lot 3 and 4; Block 704, Lots 1, 3.01, 3.02, and 3.03; Block 705, Lot 1; Block 706, Lots i.03, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7; Block 707, Lots 1, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 14; Block 709, Lots 1.01, 1.02, and 2; Block 710, Lot 1; Block 712, Lots 1, 3, and 7; Block 714, Lots 1 and 4; and Block 720, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, and 12.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
6:00 PM
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Middle Township Conference Room
33 Mechanic Street
Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08210

PUBLIC HEARING

The Nature Conservancy proposes an administrative transfer of parkland owned by The Nature Conservancy to NJDEP Green Acres and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The properties shall continue to be used solely for recreation and conservation purposes and shall be reasonably accessible to the public to the same extent or greater than prior to the transfer.

All written comments should be submitted to The Nature Conservancy, with a copy sent to the NJDEP Green Acres Program at the following addresses:

The Nature Conservancy
2350 Route 47
Delmont, NJ 08314
      NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection
Green Acres Program
Bureau of Legal SErvices and Stewardship
501 East State Street, 1st Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0412
Attention: Jessica Patterson

The proposed administrative transfer would involve the transfer of undivided interest held by The Nature Conservancy in:

  • 56 acres at the Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve (all 56 acres transferred to NJDEP-Green Acres)
  • 28 acres at the Indian Trail Swamp Preserve (22 Acres transferred to NJDEP-Green Acres and 6 acres transferred to USFWS)
  • 108 acres at the Sunray Beach Preserve (107.5 acres transferred to NJDEP-Green Acres and 0.5 acres transferred to USFWS)
  • 148 acres at the Hand's Landing Preserve (143 acres transferred to NJDEP-Green Acres and 5 acres tranferred to USFWS)
  • 69 acres at the Goshen Ponds Preserve (62 acres transferred to NJDEP-Green Acres and 7 acres transferred to USFWS)
Proposed Transfer to NJDEP Green Acres
  • Block 48, Lots 8 and 60
  • Block 50, Lots 6 and 45
  • Block 51, Lots 79 and 81
  • Block 52, Lot 10
  • Block 389, Lot 11
  • Block 431, Lot 1
  • Block 466.01, Lot 5
  • Block 473, Lot 42
  • BLock 474, Lot 1
Proposed Transfer to US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Block 48, Lots 5 and 62
  • Block 52 Lots 8 and 9
  • BLock 415, Lot 1
  • Block 416, Lot 1
  • Block 433, Lot 3
  • Block 472, Lot 105
  • Block 475.01, Lot 4

Thursday, June 16, 2016
7:00 PM
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Ewing Township, NJ

PUBLIC NOTICE

TAKE NOTICE that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ("NJDEP") proposes to convey two easements totaling 0.358 acres on Block 425 Lot 1, part of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park ("D&R Canal State Park"), located on either side of the existing I-95 park crossing in Ewing Township, Mercer County. The proposed conveyance, in connection with the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s ("DRJTBC") I-95/Scudder Falls Bridge Improvement Project ("Project"), will accommodate aerial ramp bridge crossings over the D&R Canal State Park and bridge construction and maintenance easement areas.

To compensate for Project impacts on the D&R Canal Historic District, including easement acquisition, the DRJTBC will deposit $2 million into a mitigation fund held by DEP for construction of an interpretive swing bridge and/or for other interpretation of the D&R Canal.   The DRJTBC will compensate for the removal of 22 trees in the easement areas by planting 237 replacement trees within the D&R Canal State Park or through equivalent cash compensation.  In addition to required compensation, the DRJTBC will construct a pedestrian/bicycle facility connecting the D&R Canal State Park to the Delaware Canal State Park in Pennsylvania.

The request to convey two parkland easements totaling 0.358 acres is subject to approval by the DEP Commissioner and State House Commission.  All information in support of this request is available for public inspection at the Ewing Township Municipal Offices, the Ewing Branch of the Mercer County Library, and the Green Acres Program Office.

Written comments on the conveyance request may be directed to Caroline Armstrong, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship, Mail Code 501-01, 501 East State Street, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420.  Please send a copy of any comments submitted on this request to Patricia Kallesser, Park Superintendent, Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Kingston Office, 145 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.  Written public comments on this proposed conveyance will be accepted until April 7, 2016.

Copies of documents for public review and comment may be accessed as follows:

Written Comments Only Thursday, April 7, 2016

Borough of Seaside Heights
Ocean County
Seaside Heights Borough Hall
901 Boulevard, Seaside Heights



The Borough of Seaside Heights will hold a hearing to receive public comment regarding the proposed disposal of 1.37 Acres of Public Beach (Block 99.02, Lot 1) in connection with the reconstruction and expansion of the Casino Pier.
As compensation for the proposed disposal, the Borough proposes to dedicate two additional parkland parcels, as follows:
Block 56, Lots 1, 3, 7, and 9 in the Borough of Seaside Heights encompassing 0.75 acre

Block 409, Lot 20.02 in Toms River Township encompassing 67.17 acres

In addition, the historically significant Dentzel Loof Carousel will be conveyed to the Township for the eventual relocation to Block 56, Lots 1, 3, 7, and 9.

An application for the proposed disposal was filed by the Borough in July, 2015 and amended on January, 2016 and February, 2016.

A copy of the application may be accessed as follows:

Comments on the application may be directed to Kevin Appelget of the Green Acres Program at kevin.appelget@dep.nj.gov.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
6:00 PM
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Township of North Bergen
Hudson County
James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park

The Township of North Bergen and the County of Hudson are proposing the diversion of 1.17 Acres within the James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park (all of which is constituted by Block 437.02/Lot 1) for the continued occupation of the North Bergen Preschool, comprised by temporary trailers arranged in an L-shaped configuration at the proposed site.

As compensation for the proposed diversion, the County proposes to dedicate three additional parkland parcels, as follows:

Block 27, Lot 27
1.53 acres at 1901 Paterson Plank Road, North Bergen

Block 437, Lots 2.01 and 2.02
0.70 acre at 7909 River Road, North Bergen

14th Street Viaduct ROW
1.1 Acres at 14th street (below the viaduct/ ramps) between Grand and Madison, Hoboken
A pre-application for the proposed diversion was filed by the County on January 26, 2016. The pre-application is currently being reviewed by the Green Acres Program for completeness.

A copy of the pre-application may be accessed here (PDF, 10 MB).

The preliminary assessment reports for the proposed replacement properties may be accessed as follows:

1901 Paterson Plank Road (PDF, 66 MB)
7909 River Road (PDF, 80 MB)
14th Street Viaduct (PDF, 30 MB)

On April 12, 2016, the Green Acres Program issued a partial Completeness Review of the diversion pre-application. Hudson County and North Bergen Township prepared a response to the Completeness Review, dated August 19, 2016. A copy of the each can be accessed as follows:

April 12, 2016 Green Acres Program Pre-Application Completeness Review, Part I (PDF, 181 KB)

North Bergen Response to April 12, 2016 Pre-Application Completeness Review, Part 1 (PDF, 126 KB)

North Bergen Response, Alternatives Analysis (PDF, 382 KB)

North Bergen Response, Full Appendix (PDF, 46,395 KB)
Comments on the pre-application may be directed to Caroline Armstrong of the Green Acres Program at Caroline.Armstrong@dep.nj.gov.

TBD TBD

Mercer County Park
Boathouse at Mercer Lake,
Lakeview Ballroom
(Across from the Mercer County Ranger Station)
1638 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor NJ 08550

The Mercer County Park Commission is proposing to place a conservation easement on 3.59 acres of Mercer County Park land that is encumbered by Green Acres. Currently the 3.59 acres is maintained as lawn/open space and farmland.

The conservation easement is connected to the expansion of the Caspersen Rowing Center and modification/construction of supporting structures such as, an access road, parking lot, floating boat docks, boat storage racks, emergency access boat ramp, multi-use paths and stormwater management areas (the Project), proposed by Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA).

Pursuant to NJDEP approvals, the Project requires riparian zone mitigation and a partial release/modification to the boundaries of the unrecorded conservation easement required by the 2002 Transition Area Waiver. Under this request, a conservation easement is to be placed on the riparian zone mitigation area and the modified freshwater wetland transition area. These areas and the unmodified freshwater wetland transition area under the 2002 approval will be filed by Mercer County Park and recorded with the Mercer County Clerk. The placement of a conservation easement triggers a change in purpose or use.

PROJECT ADDRESS:

  • A Portion of Block 23 Lots 22 and 23
  • A Portion of Block 25 Lots 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 38 and 39

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
7:00 PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

West Windsor Municipal Building
271 Clarksville Road, Room A
West Windsor NJ 08550

The County of Mercer has filed a request with the NJDEP Green Acres Program, proposing to transfer the Conover Road portion of Mercer County Park, consisting of an approximately 26 acre portion of Block 24.14 Lot 24 located on Conover Road in West Windsor Township, which is subject to Green Acres restrictions.   Following the transfer, the parkland will be the site of the West Windsor Township playing fields and parkland.

The Township of West Windsor has filed a request with the NJDEP Green Acres Program, proposing to transfer ownership the Assunpink Greenway parcel, consisting of a 4 acre parcel at Block 32 Lot 4.02 located on Windsor Road, West Windsor, which is subject to Green Acres restrictions. The parkland is an important link adjacent to county owned land along the Assunpink Greenway.

In both cases the Green Acres restrictions on the parkland will be transferred with the parkland and will run with the property in perpetuity.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
7:00 PM
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

NOTES:

  • To view the public notice, click on the Hearing Date entry of a particular notice. All notices are PDF files.
  • Written comments are to be submitted to the contact identified in the public notice PDF file.
  • Older public notices are available on the Archived Public Notices page.

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