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Public Hearings

Wednesday, November 7

MEDFORD TOWNSHIP PLANNING BOARD RESOLUTION 20-17, ADOPTING THE TOWNSHIP’S 2017 HOUSING ELEMENT AND FAIR SHARE PLAN, AND ORDINANCE 2018-16, ADOPTING THE STOKES SQUARE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN

The Township’s 2017 Housing Element and Fair Share Plan contains updated data and analysis pertaining to Medford’s current and projected demographic, housing stock, and employment characteristics, as well as an updated Fair Share Plan for the cumulative period 1987-2025. The Fair Share Plan provides information on past efforts to provide affordable housing and outlines the mechanisms that will facilitate the attainment of the Township’s affordable housing obligation. These mechanisms include the rezoning of five sites, one of which is located in the Pinelands Area. Referred to in the Housing Element and Fair Share Plan as “Stokes Square”, this site is proposed for 120 market rate units and a monetary contribution to subsidize the development of affordable housing units in another project, outside the Pinelands Area.

Ordinance 2018-16 adopts the Stokes Square Redevelopment Plan. The redevelopment plan establishes a redevelopment area consisting of four lots (Block 2701.20, Lots 9.01, 9.02, 9.03 and 10.01) totaling approximately 67 acres. The purpose of the Stokes Square Redevelopment Area District is to provide for new residential housing in a compact format. To that end, permitted uses in the new zone include “independent living” in the form of senior apartments.  A maximum of 120 such units are permitted, with the use of Pinelands Development Credits required for 20% of all units. The Redevelopment Plan does not require that any of the new units be made affordable to low and moderate income households; instead, a contribution to the Township’s affordable housing trust fund is required.  A variety of nonresidential uses are also permitted in the Redevelopment Area, including offices, retail sales and service establishments, restaurants, indoor and outdoor recreation, public park, community buildings and open space. The Redevelopment Area is currently located in the Township’s GD (Growth) and RC (Restricted Commercial) Districts, within the Pinelands Regional Growth Area.

The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Pinelands Commission Office, 15C Springfield Road, New Lisbon, NJ.  Written testimony may be submitted at the hearing or sent directly to the Pinelands Commission, 15C Springfield Rd, P.O. Box 359, New Lisbon, NJ 08064 or via facsimile at (609) 894-7330 or by email through the Commission’s web site at http://www.state.nj.us/pinelands/home/contact/public.shtml no later than November 14, 2018. For further information, please call the Pinelands Commission at (609) 894-7300. 

 

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