From a practical standpoint, development on this scale can only occur where infrastructure already exists, including having existing sewer service or being in a sewer service area. In fact, for the intervenors to qualify to be part of Hopewell Township’s plan, they had to show that they had or could have the infrastructure available to support the housing it proposed. This includes making it as walkable as possible as well as having access to public transportation.
The proximity of the hospital, Merrill Lynch and other major employers makes the sites on Scotch Road the best sites for development. They also will have much less impact on traffic than a development of this magnitude would have on Rt. 31. Siting the new housing south of Washington Crossing Pennington Road and establishing traffic calming measures and accessory roads will divert traffic south to I-295 and minimize the impact on Route 31.