What is unique about having sewers at the property?
Hopewell Township has limited sewage treatment capacity. There is no large-scale treatment plant in the Township, and the Township is not a full member of a regional treatment authority like the Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority (SBRSA) or the Ewing-Lawrence Sewage Authority (ELSA). In fact, the EPA has said that Hopewell cannot build a treatment plant because of concerns about water quality in the Delaware River. In the southern portion of the township some neighborhoods, such as Brandon Farms, have tied into the ELSA system, but approximately 90% of the land in the Township still has no access to sewer service and must rely on septic systems for waste treatment. Other than Princeton Farms, which was forced to tie into the SBRSA system in 1989 after its small treatment plant failed, and the BPG site on Carter Road, which has its own limited treatment potential, the only area north of the Pennington Circle that has sewage treatment capacity is Pennytown. Without sewers, the township is unable to develop at the density needed to meet its affordable housing requirement.

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1. Why purchase Pennytown?
2. Are we paying fair market value for the property?
3. Why is the property available now?
4. What is the development potential of the property?
5. What is unique about having sewers at the property?
6. Why do we have a pressing need to build affordable housing?
7. Who qualifies for affordable housing?
8. What is our affordable housing requirement?
9. What is the deadline for meeting our Round Three requirements?
10. What happens if we fail to meet our affordable housing requirement?
11. Is a developer's remedy lawsuit realistic in this economy?
12. How would development at the Pennytown site affect firefighting in the area?
13. How would development at Pennytown affect wells in the area?
14. How would development at Pennytown affect traffic in the area?
15. How is the township protected against environmental damage at the site?
16. Who would demolish the existing buildings, and when?
17. What is the timeline for development of the site?
18. Pennytown is isolated and located on a state highway. Is this a reasonable location for affordable housing?
19. What would the houses look like?
20. Will the houses be sale or rental units?
21. How will the township pay for the property?