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.
In 1990, 500 acres of the Stockton College campus were changed from a Pinelands Rural Development Area (RDA), which permitted residential development on five acres as well as institutional uses, to a GI-Regional Growth Area. The Pinelands Commission and the Richard Stockton College did these changes through the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) process . The Regional Growth designation allowed for greater sewer extension, a reduction in wetland buffers and a higher density of development.
[+ ZOOM] Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township, Atlantic County © PPA
In exchange for the additional allowances Richard Stockton College agreed to deed restrict the remainder of the campus property. The Pinelands Commission, Executive Director report dated March 23, 1990 states “It should be noted that the redesignation is part of an overall master plan for the entire 1,500 acre property which should afford a greater level of protection for the balance of the property than if the general land use standards of Rural Development Areas were followed.”
Under the MOA Richard Stockton College agreed to pursue options to permanently protect the 1,060 acres outside the Regional Growth area by restricting its use to those specified in the Master Plan. Now in 2010 they have come back to the Pinelands Commission for an expansion of the GI-Regional Growth area and permitted uses in the zone. They have asked to change 477 acres of the original restricted acres of land from a Pinelands Rural Development Area to a Regional Growth Area.
PPA is opposed to any changes in management areas of Richard Stockton College property in Galloway Township, Atlantic County.
The Pinelands Commission took public comment on the 2010 Master Plan and the changes made by Gallaway Township in its master plan and below are comments submitted by PPA and the Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association.