East Brunswick mayor has not helped to preserve open space

Dunhams Corner Road divides East Brunswick and South Brunswick. East Brunswick claims that its side of Dunhams Corner Road is an agricultural area that the township has worked hard to preserve. This could not be further from the truth. This property (approximately 100 acres) is undeveloped at the present time, but it is owned by a substantial developer, and the land is currently zoned modular manufactured housing (MMH) which permits a residential density of seven units per acre.

East Brunswick did not adopt a new master plan and passed an ordinance within the last year which would rezone this land to one house for every six acres. However, the property owners hurt by this zoning change filed various lawsuits, and, to date, the judge trying the case has ruled on the record that East Brunswick seems to have no legitimate reason for this rezoning and that East Brunswick must provide more factual information to justify the need for this six-acre zone. The judge has placed this rezoning to six-acre lots on hold and not enforceable at this time. Lastly, the judge questioned the viability of six-acre "farmettes" and said that East Brunswick must have some other motive. What East Brunswick Mayor William Neary allowed to happen to these property owners is unconscionable.

The property in East Brunswick located diagonally across Cranbury Road from South Brunswick was developed by Hovnanian and Orleans Co. They built approximately 800 units at a density of six units to the acre. The development is known as Kingwood Station and Country Woods.

Most recently, East Brunswick rezoned property on Dunhams Corner Road from residential to light industrial.

Mayor Neary also gave his approval to allow homes to be built on the site of the L.J. Smith farm on Milltown Road in East Brunswick, which is the site of an old apple orchard where the soil is contaminated. Why didn’t Mayor Neary work at preserving this land? East Brunswick residents did not want to see the property developed.

Mayor Neary states he is committed to preserving open space. The fact is that he has done very little to preserve open space. In order to preserve open space, landowners are suppose to be "paid fairly" to maintain their land as farmland rather than have it developed.

Sharon Sarno

South Brunswick