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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)
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

Ridgewood Village Hall
131 North Maple Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451

The Village of Ridgewood will hold a public hearing to receive public comment regarding the Village?s proposed change in use of the house at 1057 Hillcrest Road, Block 1103, Lot 16.01, Ridgewood, NJ. This building is located in the Irene Habernickel Family Park. The current caretaker lease has expired. The Village is looking to change the residential caretaker lease to an educational and recreational programing lease. Wednesday, November 4, 2015
7:30 PM
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

City of Elizabeth
City Hall, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor
50 Winfield Scott Plaza
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

The City of Elizabeth will hold a hearing to receive public comment regarding the City?s proposed amendment to their Recreation and Open Space Inventory (ROSI). The City is requesting permission to remove 801-871 Livingston Street (Block 8 / Lot 1123) from their ROSI. The City contends that the proposed recreational facility for the site was no longer a viable option and the City received approval from the State of New Jersey-Department of Environmental Protection to transfer the development grant for this property to another site. However, Block 8 / Lot 1123 was inadvertently left on the ROSI list when the grant was transferred. Tuesday, August 25, 2015
7:00 PM
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Seaside Heights Borough Hall
901 Boulevard
Seaside Heights

The Borough of Seaside Heights proposes a change in use and disposal affecting a 1.36-acre portion of the Borough?s Public Beach. The change in use/disposal is proposed to accommodate the expansion of the existing Casino Pier to support multiple modern day amusements including a new Ferris wheel and roller coaster. As the first phase in this project, the Borough will expand the pier and use it for public recreational purposes. As the second phase in this project, the Borough proposes to convey the pier to the owners of the Casino Pier. The Borough is currently proposing to compensate the disposal of parkland through providing replacement open space at a 1:1 ratio as well as through preservation and conservation of the historic Dentzel Loof Carousel as a museum that will be open to the public. Wednesday, May 6, 2015
6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hearing #1:
City of Millville City Hall
Commission Chambers-4th floor
12 S. High Street
Millville, New Jersey 08332

Hearing #2:
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Public Hearing Room
401 E. State Street-1st floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

 

In accordance with N.J.S.A. 13:1D-51 through -58, the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection ("NJDEP") will hold two public hearings to seek comments on the proposed conveyance of property in the City of Millville, Cumberland County.

The property proposed for conveyance is designated for tax purposes as Block 578, Lot 19 (comprising approximately 81 acres, hereafter "the Property.") The NJDEP proposes to convey the Property through a direct sale to either the City of Millville ("City"), the Millville Urban Redevelopment Corporation ("MURC"), the Cumberland County Improvement Authority or any other nonprofit or public entity designated by the City. The Property was purchased by the NJDEP from the prior owner, Durand Glass Manufacturing Company, Inc. ("Durand"), in July 2013 for $335,000. The proposed sale price for the conveyance by the NJDEP to the City or its designee is $395,000. If the property is conveyed by the NJDEP to the City or its designee, it will be used for commercial industrial/purposes consistent with current zoning.

The Property is located off Gorton Road; the street address of the Property is 1 Gorton Road. It is irregularly shaped, with a maximum depth of about 2700 linear feet and a frontage of about 735 feet. The property is currently administered by the NJDEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife as part of the 474-acre Menantico Ponds Wildlife Management Area.

A copy of a report analyzing the proposed conveyance is available for download with the link following this notice. A general location map for the Property is included as Figure 1 of the report. An aerial map of the Property is included as Figure 2 of the report.

The proposed sale price is based on three components: the $369,579 full fair market value of the Property as of January 2013 (as established by appraisals commissioned by the NJDEP as part of the purchase); approximately $12,241 in technical costs incurred by the NJDEP as part of the purchase of the Property and $13,000 for administrative costs associated with the proposed conveyance.

If the proposed conveyance of the Property is approved and the Property is sold to the City or its designee, the NJDEP intends to deposit the funds received from the City or its designee into the Garden State Preservation Trust Fund, to be used for a future State acquisition project as required by N.J.S.A. 13:1D-57 and N.J.S.A. 13:8C-31. It is the NJDEP's intention to identify and purchase other suitable replacement land of at least equal acreage to the Property, in fee, within Cumberland County with these funds.

In March 2014, the NJDEP proposed to convey the Property to the City and to use a portion of the sale proceeds to purchase approximately 900 acres of land elsewhere in Millville (within a 1300-acre parcel known as the Holly Farm property) for addition to the WMA. After conducting public hearings on the proposal in May 2014 and performing further review of the proposal, the NJDEP has determined that linking this conveyance to the Holly Farm purchase is no longer feasible. Therefore, the NJDEP is re-proposing this conveyance under N.J.S.A. 13:1D-51 et seq.

State House Commission approval is required for this proposal. If approved, the Department anticipates that the earliest the proposed conveyance could occur is late April 2015.



Report On Proposed Sale of Lands Located in the City of Millville, Cumberland County (Block 578 Lot 19) by The Department Of Environmental Protection [ N.J.S.A. 13: 1d-52](PDF) Prepared By Department Of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program October 2014

APPENDICES
Appendix 1 An Economic Assessment of the City of Millville(PDF) Prepared By Millville Urban Redevelopment Corporation, January 2014
Appendix 2 January 2013 Curini Appraisal(PDF)
Appendix 3 January 2013 Frankenfield Appraisal(PDF)
Appendix 4 Habitat Assessment Report for Block 578, Lot 19(PDF)
Appendix to the Habitat Assessment Report for Block 578, Lot 19(PDF)
Hearing 1:
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
6:30PM


Public Hearing Transcript(PDF)



Hearing 2:
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
2:30PM


Public Hearing Transcript(PDF)

Hearing 1:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014









Hearing 2:
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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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