Why did land have to be classified as a Redevelopment Zone?

The Planning Board was asked by the Township Committee a very narrow question: do each (or any) of the tracts owned by an intervenor in the affordable housing lawsuit meet the criteria of “in need of redevelopment” that is part of New Jersey law?  The Planning Board was not asked whether they thought building any kind of housing on that land was a good idea, they were only asked whether the land in question met the criteria.  In each case, the Planning Board found that they did.

What a Redevelopment Plan does is give the Township a larger degree of control over how the development will be built on the land owned by the intervenors, what it will look like and how we can ensure it best benefits our existing residents. Through Redevelopment, we will direct the projects to contain such things as sidewalks, bike paths and commercial ratables, landscaping to minimize the visual impact of the structures and other green infrastructure like solar-ready roofs and cutting-edge storm water management features. 

Being in a redevelopment area also makes any affordable units eligible for bonus credits, reducing the net number of units needing to be built, and PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) programs, which could benefit our residents financially.

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1. What is an intervenor?
2. What if The Township didn’t enter the litigation?
3. Why did Hopewell Township agree to a negotiated settlement on Affordable Housing?
4. Why do we have to have more housing? We have enough!
5. Who exactly qualifies for Affordable Housing?
6. I heard that there are going to be a lot of market rate houses too. Why?
7. I don’t object to the 653 Affordable Housing units we need to build, but why didn’t Hopewell Township move forward with 100% Affordable Housing across the Township?
8. Why do we need affordable housing? There are plenty of houses in town that haven’t sold.
9. I heard that it’s just going to be house after house after house. Not that there is anything wrong with housing developments, but shouldn’t it be walkable and maybe some ratables?
10. How soon is this going to happen?
11. Do our taxes have to pay for this?
12. Our schools are already filled up! Are we going to have to build a new school, too?
13. Where will the developments be?
14. Why do you have to build in the southern tier? It’s not fair! We have all the development!
15. I am concerned about how all this new development will impact traffic in Hopewell Township. Why wasn’t this considered upfront?
16. Why do we have to build on the field on the west side of Scotch Road?
17. Why did land have to be classified as a Redevelopment Zone?
18. What if Pennytown had been built? Would we still be getting all of this?
19. If we hadn’t spent the Affordable Trust Fund money on Pennytown, couldn’t we could have paid for all of the affordable housing now required without market rates?
20. What about sewers? I live on Pennington-Washington Crossing Road and my septic system is failing. I thought we were promised no high-density housing near us. What is going to be done to help us?
21. I am concerned that bringing more Affordable Housing to Hopewell Township is going to negatively impact our community and bring down property values.
22. How was the public involved in this process? Is this all a done deal?
23. Questions have been raised recently regarding the PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement for the Zaitz Tract behind the Shop Rite. First, is the Zaitz PILOT a good deal for Hopewell Twp taxpayers?
24. Will Hopewell Township taxes go up because of this PILOT?
25. What’s the impact on our schools?