TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY
ORDINANCE NO. 08-08-19
AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY, COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, LIMITING THE USE OF THE REMAINDER OF THE WEST PROPERTY (BLOCK 23, LOT 70.02) TO ACTIVE AND PASSIVE RECREATION AND CONSERVATION PURPOSES ONLY
WHEREAS, the Township of Cranbury owns a 58±-acre parcel known as the West Property and designated as Lot 70.02 in Block 23 on the Cranbury Township Tax Map (the “Property”); and
WHEREAS, the Property is located between Town Hall and the Cranbury Brook; and
WHEREAS, a 34-acre portion of the Property located adjacent to the Cranbury Brook was previously designated as the Cranbury Preserve and was limited to passive recreation and conservation uses only, as set forth more specifically in Ordinance No. 11-04-28 adopted on November 24, 2004; and
WHEREAS, as set forth in Ordinance No. 11-04-28, the remaining 24 acres located adjacent to Town Hall and the school were kept out of the Preserve and were held by the Township for general municipal purposes, including, but not limited to, potential future school expansion; and
WHEREAS, the Cranbury Township Environmental Commission has recommended that these remaining 24 acres be added to the Preserve and restricted to conservation and recreation uses only; and
WHEREAS, the Township Committee agrees that it is in the public interest to protect the remainder of the West Property from future development of any sort, other than for recreation purposes; and
WHEREAS, the Township Committee also finds that it is in the public interest to ensure that this portion of the West Property be available for active recreation, such as playing fields, and not be limited to passive recreation and conservation uses;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury, Middlesex County, New Jersey, as follows:
1. The 24-acre portion of the West Property located adjacent to Town Hall and the Cranbury School, which heretofore was held by the Township for general municipal purposes, including, but not limited to, future school expansion, shall henceforth be used only for active and passive recreation and conservation purposes in accordance with the regulations promulgated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, N.J.A.C. 7:36-1.1 et seq. The 24-acre area referred to herein consists of the 24 acres identified in Ordinance No. 11-04-08 as “Tract A2.” This 24-acre area is also more specifically described in the document entitled “Description for Deed Easement Unrestricted Portion of Block 23, Lot 70.02 Township of Cranbury, Middlesex County, New Jersey,” prepared by Hatch Mott McDonald (James K. Walz, N.J.P.L.S. No. 34024), dated June 28, 2004, attached hereto as Exhibit “A” and made a part hereof, and is more specifically shown on the plan entitled “Plan to Accompany Deed Filing West Property, Block 23, Lot 70.02, Township of Cranbury, Middlesex County, New Jersey,” prepared by Hatch Mott MacDonald, dated May 26, 2004, attached hereto as Exhibit “B” and made a part hereof.
3. The Mayor, Township Administrator, Township Clerk, Township Engineer and Township Attorney are hereby authorized and directed to prepare and execute any and all documents and undertake any and all acts necessary to accomplish the purposes hereof.
4. This Ordinance shall take effect upon final adoption and publication, as provided for by law.
The ordinance published herewith was introduced and passed upon first reading at a meeting of the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury, in the County of Middlesex, State of New Jersey, held on August 11, 2008. It will be further considered for final passage, after public hearing thereon, at a meeting of the Township Committee to be held in the meeting room of Town Hall, 23-A North Main Street, in the Township of Cranbury on September 8, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., and during the week prior to and up to and including the date of such meeting, copies of said ordinance will be made available at the Clerk’s Office to the members of the general public who shall request the same.
Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk