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LAND USE ISSUES
Open Space Preservation
Open Space Sale Averted
In early 2012, the Holmdel Township Committee proposed the sale of some of the town's open space in order to close a budget gap. After a massive outcry and many packed-to-overflowing committee meetings, alternatives were found (including a tax increase) and the sale was avoided. Click here for more details.
CILU supports the acquisition and preservation of open space. Open space is a way of maintaining a balance between development and natural areas and a means of preserving Holmdel’s semi-rural vistas which are so important to our quality of life. We love the beauty of our parks in all seasons and treasure having ample space for outdoor recreation. In addition CILU supports open space preservation to protect our water supply and stabilize our taxes. The organization was formed in 1998 because Holmdel’s quality of life was threatened by the extension of sewers, disappearance of farmland and mature woodlands, rapid residential development and lack of communication and public debate before important land use decisions became final. In the past CILU helped save the Chase Tract which preserved 416 acres for parkland and farmland, and supported the acquisition of the Flemer (103 acres at Crawford Corner and Roberts Road), DePalma (96 acres on Centerville Road) and Bachstadt (10 acres off Palmer and Middletown Roads) properties.
We currently continue to:
- Hold monthly educational outreach programs on such topics as farmland preservation, costs and benefits of open space, Trust for Public Lands, sewer versus septic, our drinking water, and many other important land use issues.
- Encourage farmers and landowners to make plans to preserve their land in the future and consider associated estate planning benefits of land preservation.
- Attend Township Committee meetings alerting membership to areas of interest.
- Encourage the citizens to use the parks in Holmdel that were mapped in our town wide mailing.
- Encourage the Township to live up to the Wastewater Management Plan and the Master Plan.
- Keep abreast of the Alcatel-Lucent property’s future and COAH rules.