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).
This land was purchased with Green Acres Open Space Dollars and in order to divert this land they need approval from New Jersey Green Acres. The process to remove it from the Plumsted Township ROSI is called a diversion. (New Jersey Green Acres Rules, Chapter 35, Subchapter 25) This is the same land listed in the Conservation Element of Plumsted Master Plan as a Preservation Area. (see map)
[+ ZOOM] A large number of Plumsted residents attended the scoping meeting.
Plumsted Township wants the land to serve as a groundwater discharge site (Summary of the hydrogeologic evaluation) for up to 840,000 gallons a day of treated wastewater from the New Egypt Town Center Redevelopment Project. The land is identified as Block 43 lots 38, 40 and 45.(see below map for location)
[+ ZOOM] Plumsted Diversion - Map of sites
Many residents, and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, testified against this proposed amendment to the ROSI wanting this property to remain in its natural state.
[+ ZOOM] Gary Jensen giving testimony at the public hearing on the diversion of Green Acres encumbered land. © PPA
Comments were submitted by the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and New Jersey Conservation Foundation.
PPA also received a copy of the comments that were submitted by some residents of Plumsted which are also posted below.
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The New Jersey DEP Green Acres has a web site where it lists pending applications for diversions click here to review.