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Public Hearings

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9

TABERNACLE TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE 2021-10

Ordinance 2021-10 amends Chapter XVII, Zoning, of the Code of Tabernacle Township. The ordinance rezones nine lots, approximately 14 acres, from the Infill Commercial District (ICD) to the Infill Residential District (IRD) and one lot, approximately 59 acres, from the ICD to the Preservation Area District (PAD). The ICD, IRD, and PAD zoning districts are all located within the Pinelands Preservation Area District management area.

The ordinance also establishes solar energy facilities as a permitted principal use in the PAD zone, provided that solar energy facilities are limited to parcels of a resource extraction operation and only on the portions of the parcel comprised of previously mined areas that have not been subsequently restored. Such facilities are limited to a maximum area of 25 acres. The remainder of the parcel not containing the solar energy facility is required to be deed restricted. The ordinance also requires that 0.25 Pinelands Development Credits be acquired and redeemed for every four acres of land occupied by the solar energy facility, inclusive of any required fire break. The ordinance provides additional standards regarding siting and setbacks, landscaping, buffers, fencing and fire breaks, as well as the decommissioning of the solar energy facility and restoration of the parcel.

As such, Ordinance 2021-10 directly relates to CMP standards and must be formally reviewed and approved by the Pinelands Commission before it may take effect.

The hearing will be conducted remotely at 9:30 a.m. and broadcast live on the Commission’s YouTube channel.

To view the hearing, visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBgpC8sbR3Acrjo7ppxs3Uw.

The public may provide comment during the hearing by calling 929-205-6099 and using Meeting ID: 818 3412 8197.         

Written testimony may be submitted by email (preferred) through the Commission’s web site at https://www.state.nj.us/pinelands/home/contact/public.shtml or via facsimile at (609) 894-7334 or sent directly to the Pinelands Commission office, P.O. Box 359, New Lisbon, New Jersey 08064 no later than February 11, 2022.

The documents and supporting materials are available electronically for public inspection upon request by contacting the Pinelands Commission at planning@pinelands.nj.gov

Associated Ordinance

Tabernacle Township Ordinance 2021-10

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