Runnemede Land Use Board Holding Public Hearing on Feb. 13 to Investigate Whether Certain Properties Qualify as “Area in Need of Redevelopment”

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The Borough of Runnemede will be conducting a Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. for the purposes of investigating and determining whether certain properties within the Borough qualify as an “area in need of redevelopment.”

According to a Legal Notice that was published on January 25, 2019, the Runnemede Land Use Board is conducting the hearing in accordance with the New Jersey Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.

The Redevelopment Study Area is generally located along Black Horse Pike, bounded by Clements Bridge Road and the New Jersey Turnpike. (Blocks 40-52, 32-39, 21-23, 25, 27-29.)

A map depicting the properties which is the subject of the Land Use Board’s redevelopment area investigation is available for public inspection during regular business hours at the office of the Borough of Runnemede Clerk located at 24 N. Black Horse Pike.

During the Public Hearing, the Land Use Board will hear any persons who are in attendance who are interested in or would be affected by a determination that the above-mentioned property is a redevelopment area.

A map and report has been prepared by the Borough of Runnemede’s Land Use Board’s Professional Planner, of Bach Associates, P.C. and will be submitted to the Board and on file with the Borough of Runnemede Clerk’s Office ten days prior to the hearing for any interested members of the public for review and consideration at the hearing.

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At the conclusion of the hearing and after listening to the testimony of the Planner and members of the public, the Land Use Board will determine whether or not the above referenced property is in need of redevelopment.

The Legal Notice states: “The Governing body of the Borough of Runnemede has determined that it will not use its eminent domain powers for the proposed redevelopment area and that the proposed redevelopment area shall be a “non-condemnation redevelopment area.”

A Resolution finding that the properties are or are not in need of non-condemnation redevelopment will be forwarded to the Governing Body for consideration.

The Legal Notice contained the following specific information with respect to a February, 2008 New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division decision (Harrison Redevelopment Agency v. Anthony J. DeRose) advising that the Land Use Board or Governing Body notify the public and affected owners of the following facts:

  1. A finding that these properties are in need of redevelopment by the Land Use Board and if officially designated as such by the Governing Body, is a finding of public purpose, however, the governing body has determined that it will not use its eminent domain powers and the proposed redevelopment area shall be a “non-condemnation redevelopment area”.
  2. Affected property owners, shall have 45 days from the date of determination that a property is in need of redevelopment to challenge the redevelopment designation, if so desired.

Prior to the public hearing, questions or comments may be directed to the person listed below during normal business hours.

Land Use Board Secretary, Joyce Pinto
Borough of Runnemede Municipal Building
24 N. Black Horse Pike
Runnemede NJ 08078
(856) 939-5161

(Source: NJ Public Notices.com)

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