Controversial COAH plan gains approval - Examiner, 12/24/08:
Although no public comment was permitted, there was plenty of shouting from the audience as the Millstone Township Planning Board unanimously voted to approve a controversial affordable housing plan Dec. 16.Oh, and we all know what a bad thing that was! Whew.
The plan prepared by Township Planner Richard Coppola would put 85 of the township's 169-unit COAH obligation on a 32.8-acre parcel along Route 33 and Bergen Mills Road, and would require the development of a sewage treatment plant, which many residents in the area oppose.
Kurzman said that Abilheira's alternative plan may have meant building the equivalent of another middle school.
You get a good sense of the opposition from this letter to the editor:
When I drive down Route 9 or Route 18, I say to myself, "Thank god [sic] I do not have to deal with this anymore."
Before anyone knew it, they were sitting three lights deep in traffic on Route 9 south for 25 minutes, trying to drive a half of a mile past Best Buy and Wegman's at 4:30 p.m. on a Friday to get home to their once peaceful abode, wondering, "Where did it all go wrong?"