Past Major Campaigns

Overviews of past issues and campaigns in which PPA staff have played key roles.

Stafford Landfill - Environment Going to Lose Again?

Stafford Township passed an ordinance to allow the Stafford Landfill, which was closed with a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Stafford Township and the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, to have solar panels built on top. This ignored the fact that during the MOA process the landfill portion of the Stafford Business Park was deed restricted for open space.

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Stafford Green Acres Application Submission

Stafford Green Acres Application Submission

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Lumley Tract

In 1990 a proposal was submitted to build 281 houses on the Margaret Majors property in Berkeley Township, Ocean County.

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No Sewer Service Area Change for Cedar Run Dock Road (2008)

In 2008, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) entered into an “intent to settle” of litigation brought by John Yoder, (Horn, Tyson, and Yoder, Inc.) that would change Stafford’s Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) along Cedar Run Dock Road, Stafford Township, Ocean County from a “proposed sewer service area to existing development only” to a “proposed sewer service area.”

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Open Space Initiatives (2009)

Support Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation!

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Garden State Parkway Widening

What the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is proposing the widening 50 miles of the Garden State Parkway, impinging on hundreds of acres of wetlands and potential habitat for endangered and threatened species.

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Stockton College Growth Expansion Proposal

Richard Stockton College wants to expand the college campus into environmentally sensitve areas that were protected under a Memorandum of Agreement with the Pinelands Commission.

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Plumsted - Municipal Diversion of Open Space

Plumsted Township held a public hearing on June 29, 2010 to take public comment on its request to New Jersey Green Acres to remove lots OFF the Plumsted Township Green Acres Recreation and Open Space Inventory (ROSI).

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The Berlin Well

The story of the Berlin Well is a lesson in the problem of boundaries. You have to address what is happening inside and outside the Pinelands boundaries if you want to protect this unique ecosystem. This story also demonstrates that PPA and a group of committed citizens really can make a difference.

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The Sanctuary

The saga of "The Sanctuary” development in the Pine Barrens of Evesham Township is an object lesson in just how hard it is to protect the region’s rare plants and animals from the impacts of development.

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Grawtown Road Development

In Fall 2007 the Jackson Township Planning Board denied the Grawtown Estates application for a preliminary major subdivision of 493 residential lots of a 300 acrenpiece of property on Grawtown Road, Jackson Township, Ocean County.

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Robert J. Miller AirPark, Ocean County

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance is strongly opposed to an Memorandum of Agreement for more development at the Robert J. Miller AirPark. In the preservation area the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan allows for a 50 percent expansion of non-conforming uses that existed prior to 1981. Ocean County should not be allowed to go beyond this clear and generous allowance.

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Pemberton Township Asphalt Millings

Pemberton Township recently resurfaced Tensaw Drive in the County Lakes section of the Township, but dumped the resulting asphalt millings along the shoulder of Spring Lake Blvd. Read on to learn about the action taken by concerned residents and PPA.

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WalMart Toms River-Manchester Site

Jaylin holdings has submitted an application for a new development at the old Walmart site at the border of Toms River and Manchester. This site provides valuable habitat for northern pine snakes and Pine Barrens treefrogs as well as essential ecosystem services for Barnegat Bay.

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Ocean Acres Conservation Zone

In 2004, Barnegat Township adopted an ordinance that created a 350 acre Residential Conservation (RC) Zone within the existing Regional Growth portion of the Ocean Acres sub-division. Walters Group, a major land owner within the subdivision, believes that a 135 lot portion of the conservation zone should now be rezoned to allow the development of houses.

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Pemberton's New Master Plan (2009)

Pemberton Township has completed the planning board process of updating its master plan. Most of the changes rezone farmland to accommodate residential or commercial development.

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Medford Township Parkland Diversion (2008)

Medford Township, Burlington County has violated its agreement with the New Jersey State Green Acres program by accepting taxpayer monies for open space and allowing a private contracting business to establish a construction yard on the site.

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Pinelands Mandatory Clustering

The Pinelands Commission adopted amendments to the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) in April 2009 which require mandatory clustering of residential development in the Pinelands Forest and Rural Development Areas. These amendments require clustering of residential development on one acre lots whenever two or more units are proposed in either of the two management areas, with the balance of the property permanently protected from development.

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Jackson Township - Legler Landfill

Ongoing monitoring activities by Jackson Township

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NJDEP Waiver Rule

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has adopted a new rule to authorize widespread, discretionary waivers of environmental protections for the benefit of developers and polluters who don’t want to follow the law.

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Jackson Township Parkland Diversion

The taxpayers of New Jersey have purchased 115 acres of land on Jackson Mills Road for $8.5 million dollars, but Jackson Township has gated and locked the site. Why? Because they have already diverted our recreational open space to a compost facility and parked equipment onsite they say needs to be protected.

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Forest Harvest Bill

The Forest Harvest Bill (S1954) has been dramatically changed to the New Jersey Healthy Forests Act (S1085). It now requires the development of forest stewardship plans and an independent third party certification of plans by the Forest Stewardship Council.

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Pinelands Commission begins Plan Review Process

The Pinelands Commission has begun its fourth review of the Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP), the map and body of rules which controls development in the Pinelands. This review is required by the Pinelands Protection Act, which says the Commission is to review the CMP every five years. Previous reviews have taken place in 1983, 1992 and 2002.

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Woodland Township Expaned Infill Area

In the Woodland 2011 Master Plan Reexamination Report, dated December 20, 2011, Woodland Township wants to expand the current Highway Business (HB) zone by another 1,000 feet fronting Route 72. This new zoning would encompass all the property fronting Route 72 owned by Woodland Township.

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Jackson Township - Bowman Road

Jackson Township Planning Board voted to allow a new resource extraction operation on 109 acres along Bowman Road. This site is located in a Forest Management Area where new mining in not permitted under the Comprehensive Management Plan.

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Clustering Gone Bad?

The Pinelands Commission and Buena Vista Township, Atlantic County has received a cluster development application for the Rural Development Management Area of the Pinelands. The application which was submitted by IMAJE LLC, - Ira Mendelsohn’s does not raise any inconsistencies with the Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP), but when you take a close review of the site plans for this 97 home project it’s hard to see how this cluster layout will protect the natural resources of the Pinelands.

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Open Space Funding

Pinelands Preservation Alliance is an active member of the New Jersey Keep it Green Coalition (KIG), which represents more than 175 statewide, local and regional organizations committed to land conservation, agriculture, historic preservation, environmental protection, urban parks, hunting and fishing, and other forms of outdoor recreation, working together to sustain funding for the preservation and stewardship of New Jersey's waterways, wildlife habitat, natural areas, farmland, forests, parks and historic sites for our quality of life and future generations.

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Sewer Service Mapping of Pinelands Villages

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) has submitted comments on the proposed Future Wastewater Service Area (FWSA) maps published by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for Atlantic and Cape May Counties. These maps have been submitted by the counties as part of the ongoing planning process by the DEP to update sewer service areas to meet the requirements of the federal Clean Water Act. These maps, if adopted, will supersede all wastewater service area mapping currently contained in the WQM Plans for these counties.

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Stafford Township's Green Acres Diversion - Amendment Application

Stafford Township - Stafford Business Park Diversion application amendment

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Southampton Township - Allied Recycling Center

An old junkyard called Last Chance Auto Salvage, on New Road, got a new owner in 2011 and expanded the operations that were being carried out on site.

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South Toms River - Redevelopment

The Borough of South Toms River is planning to designate Block 20, Lots 1.01, 1.02 and 1.03 as an area in need of redevelopment. These block and lots are the current playground and recreation building behind the homes on Attison Avenue.

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Route 528 Development by EL at Jackson, LLC

The Route 528 housing development project being proposed by EL at Jackson, LLC is 355 acres in size. The site is bounded to the south by West Veterans Highway (CR 528) and with Perrineville Road to the north. The western boundary of the site is Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area. The development site contains the drainage area for the headwaters of the Toms River.

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