The League of Women Voters has long supported low and moderate income housing policies as well as protections for clean drinking water. The Fair Housing Act and the State Planning Act, passed together and legally linked, established how to build affordable housing without endangering public health and critical environmental resources. In particular, the League is concerned about the increasingly threatened Swimming River Reservoir on which approximately 300,000 northern Monmouth County residents rely.
In 2016 the courts took over the process of enforcing obligations under the Fair Housing Act and they are no longer considering the protection of drinking water or flood prone areas.
The proposed Colts Neck Manor on Rt. #537 clusters 15 buildings with 360 apartments and accompanying structures, such as a package sewage treatment plant, on approximately 20 elevated acres of a 39 plus acre site. This creates 60% impervious cover (roads, buildings, etc.) on the developable portion of this lot. The remaining acres are comprised of steep slopes, wetlands, and a Category 1 tributary to the Swimming River Reservoir.
Sewage wastewater from 360 apartments, in addition to stormwater, presents a flooding challenge and possible contamination of well water supply and the adjacent stream feeding the reservoir.
Many questions remain. Those who get water from NJ-American and this reservoir are encouraged to learn more, attend and comment at the next and FINAL Colts Neck Planning Board Meeting, December 1st at 6:30. Go to https://www.colts-neck.nj.us/administration/boards/planning-board/ for a zoom link and access to all documents on this application.
Barbara Chaudhery President, LWV Greater Red Bank Area
Evelyn C. Murphy President, LWV Southern Monmouth Co.
Sharon Steinhorn President, LWV Western Monmouth