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After a lengthy Hopewell Township Zoning Board meeting last night, the board has declined to make a final decision regarding  an application to permit a cell phone tower on the property of 263 Rocky Hill Road, Pennington, New Jersey.

feature pic PropertyThe applicant is seeking a use variance to build a 100 foot tall (expandable to 150 foot tall) telecommunications tower on property, currently zoned as residential. The property is adjacent to the Watershed Reserve to the east of the proposed location and residential homes to the south, north and east. HERE is the link to MercerMe article with additional links to regulations.

Sources tell MercerMe that the meeting was well attended with many supporters of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed and the Sourland Conservancy. One attendee even held up a handmade sign in opposition to the cell tower erection.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed attorney, Michele Donato, spoke against the application and waivers sought by the applicant at the meeting, arguing that the tower is a threat to a number of values, included forested habitat, wetlands, stream corridor on and off the Watershed Reserve.

“In our view the Board made it very clear that the applicant has a long way to go to prove that this project is necessary, that there are no alternative locations available and that it would comply with the various environmental
measures,” shared Jim Waltman, Executive Director of Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed.

UPDATED: The Zoning Board will continue its consideration and discussion of the issue at the August Zoning Board meeting on August 6th at 7:30PM.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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