We are also concerned about potential traffic impacts. To help address this, Hopewell Township’s Affordable Housing obligation was proactively distributed across three different I-295 interchanges, with the highest density occurring where the road system is most developed (Scotch Road). We also reduced the proposed density on the Route 31 circle by approximately 25% vs. the preliminary 2015 housing plan, as we were concerned that it called for too many units (500) on an already-busy roadway. Further, we will be consolidating existing commercial driveways on the northwest and southwest corners of the circle to improve traffic flow, and will eliminate the wrong-way exit coming out of the Shop Rite across the Circle.
As proposed projects come forward to the Planning Board, each developer will be required to conduct a comprehensive traffic study and mitigation plan. The Township will have its experts review each study in-depth and ensure appropriate actions are being taken to minimize traffic impact on roadways and neighborhoods.