It appears that other local communities are also concerned about PILOT and Redelveopment Projects. For full news articles see under REDEVELOPMENT TAB
In response as to “Clarification on the Redevelopment Designation, PILOT Program, and the Block 64 Redevelopment Plan” it must be duly noted initial concern began with Block 64 but concern has expanded since initiation as indicated within concerned citizens’ postings. It appears developers could possibly express interest within any township where it appears redevelopment and the PILOT program seem to be the direction of any governing body. Perhaps this appears as possibly the reason why a proposed plan had been developed and posted on a website as “The Villages of Mullica Hill.” Although it also must be noted, it appears this particular plan was not submitted to the township at any level as a proposal for approval, consideration, or discussion.
“Where Your Tax Dollars Go” appears as an itemization “(as an example) the fact that 56% of your taxes go to schools, 24% goes to County Services, and 14% goes to Local Municipal Services and so on” which appears as a total of 94%. As indicated the “lion’s share of our tax dollars is allotted to school systems. As any community’s school population grows, there is need to hire more teachers, add services, and expand or even build a new school. Pressure comes from the residential development in a school district. New or additional commercial does not create this need.” There is much posted within citizens’ action website that appears as agreement with this previously quoted clarification. There appears consistent referral to the element of residential units within condensed spaces, possible impact on schools and services, and potential increase in population growth as appears indicated within Richwood proposals as well as indicated within Internet postings (although not addressed formally at the township level) regarding a possible plan for development for the Block 64 area. The citizens’ action website addresses the zoning as to village business/commercial as it appears currently. The “Wanted” posting on website appears to indicate what seemingly could be developed there which appears to reflect the current zoning status of village business as well as creation of new business/commercial. Business/commercial does ultimately pay property taxes as well as does not impact the school systems and possibly potentially minimize their needed municipal services. There appears association and referencing “encouragement of residential units” within master plan and much appears regarding redevelopment within township’s website as searches are done as well as recently posted
AGENDA for TOWNSHIP OF HARRISON’s JOINT LAND USE BOARD REGULAR MEETING held this past Thursday, DECEMBER 5, 2013 @ 7:30 P.M. 3. New Business B.Review of Township Committee Resolution 203-2013 Authorizing The Joint Land UseBoard To Conduct A Preliminary Investigation To Determine Whether Block 34 Lots 43 and 44; Block 34.03 Lot 43; and Block 57 Lot 1 On The Official Tax Map Of The Township Of Harrison Qualify As An Area In Need Of Redevelopment C. Review of Group Melvin Design’s Proposal To Prepare The Preliminary Investigation Report For A Proposed Area In Need Of Redevelopment For Block 34 Lots 43 and 44; Block 34.03 Lot 43; and Block 57 Lot 1 On The Official Tax Map Of The Township Of Harrison
As to addressing Eminent Domain, any elected governing board can appear to state they will not use eminent domain but the element which must be taken under consideration is the word, “elected”. Governing bodies change with elections and with changes in elected officials come potential changes with using or not using eminent domain. Eminent domain is a vehicle available to any governing body as a tool which appears as being available for their right of choice to use or not use.
In conclusion, it also appears as agreement between this website and as written in clarification letter to get involved with attendance at township meetings or with expressing concerns, etc. through Harrison Township website’s posting of email addresses and phone numbers for our township officials as well as posting comments on citizens’ action website.
ALL INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE HAS BEEN RESEARCHED AND PRESENTED TO BE AN OPEN FORUM FOR THE PEOPLE TO EXPRESS THEIR CONCERNS AND OPINIONS.
THANK YOU MAYOR MANZO FOR YOUR OPEN COMMUNICATION OF YOUR 5 PAGE LETTER THAT WAS READ AT THE COMMITTEE MEETING LAST NIGHT.
AS WE CONTINUE WITH OPEN COMMUNICATION BETWEEN OUR GOVERNING BODY AND THE PEOPLE, WE CAN OBTAIN WHAT IS THE INTENT OF THOSE WHO HAVE A DESIRE TO SEE THE BETTERMENT OF HARRISON TOWNSHIP AND PRESERVATION OF IT’S HERITAGE.
WE ARE OF THE SAME MIND AND HEART AS STATED ON OUR MAYOR’S TOWNSHIP BIO. “I believe I can make a difference in drawing more people into the mix. Clearly, the best ideas for our community emerge when there is more participation.” AS WE COME TOGETHER UNITED WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
CLARIFICATION ON REDEVELOPMENT, PILOT PROGRAMS, & THE BLOCK 64 REDEVELOPMENT PLAN…A Message from the Mayor
TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING TONIGHT 12-2-13 @ 7:30 PM http://www.harrisontwp.us/Township-Committee/WS%20AG/12.2.13.pdf
“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor…”
With these words, written by George Washington in 1789, an American holiday tradition was born. Ever since, in times of peace and prosperity, war and want, American Presidents have offered gratitude to God while calling on all Americans to gather in humble praise. Though the language of thanks has changed in the past 222 years, the content of these presidential prayers remains strikingly the same.
“Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be — That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks — for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation — for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war — for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed — for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.” (Oct. 3, 1789) GEORGE WASHINGTON
CURRENT CONCERNING ISSUES:
HENRY HARRIS LANDFILL
RICHWOOD DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
HENRY HARRIS LANDFILL
NEW TWIST ON HARRISON REDEVELOPMENT PLAN (BLOCK 64)
Courier Post 11-1-13 by Angelo Fichera
JOIN TO BE UNITED WITH “THE PEOPLE”
Quote from a new resident “I moved to Mullica Hill because I loved the spirit here. I loved the atmosphere and wanted to raise my kids here, everyone seemed so nice. ”Like Norman Rockwell”
Ask yourself why you live here or why you chose to move here? If born and raised here, ask yourself why you continue to live here in what has historically been known as quaint, eclectic villages with peach and apple orchards as our perimeter.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. by Margaret Mead
“WE THE PEOPLE” OF HARRISON TOWNSHIP CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! EVIDENCED BY THE OUT POURING OF THE PEOPLE AT THE AUGUST 19TH TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING.
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TAX BREAKS BRING BUSINESS, BUT CAN CITIES STILL AFFORD THEM?
At a time of concern over budgets, some question payments in lieu of taxes
lauren stanforth Staff write, Times Union by lauren stanforth Staff writer Published 12:25 am, Monday, March 7, 2011
PILOTs are a tried-and-true lure for developers. But taxpayers are not always thrilled with the deals made. Critics balked in 2009 when the Troy Industrial Development Authority gave Dinosaur Bar-B-Que an exemption on property taxes for 20 years and $350,000 to fix a River Street building up. The simmering debate over whether such subsidies are too sweet has reignited at a time when cities and school districts face big budget deficits and homeowners continue to be burdened by high property taxes.
Bhatti said he received a facade grant from Metroplex to redo his building’s front, but he still feels like a tiny cog in a machine that rewards a privileged few.
“It’s very hard to survive,” said Bhatti. “But the big people get an advantage.”
Redevelopment & Payment in lieu of taxes….. What is PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes)? It appears to be an incentive to a developer and perhaps to the township for their wish list. The question posed is how does payment in lieu of taxes impact schools and their budgets? How does it impact property taxes in the future with the increase in the needs our schools? …as to extreme population growth and needs in a small condensed area? Look to the Logan/Woolwich Township area of Becket and Swedesboro and the impact just on Kingsway Regional High School and the building phases it is going through and has gone through recently. That area appears to have the advantage of industrial/commercial areas and their ratables to help offset additional costs but look at the resurgence in town homes, apartments, and condos through mixed use designation from redevelopment. What exactly is Smart Growth if we overburden our community with overdevelopment? Ask yourself why you live here or why you chose to move here? If born and raised here, ask yourself why you continue to live here in what has historically been known as quaint, eclectic villages with peach and apple orchards as our perimeter. Yes, we can grow, but ask how big and congested do we want to become? Look at the plans for development of Block 64 especially as to the inclusion of housing. Even with zoning village business/commercial allow it to be developed as a quaint village area of businesses, shops with retainment of the historical aspects of our community. Joint Land Use and our Township Committee could work towards that goal even with their referencing multiple variances needed for the zoning as it now stands. Express your thoughts personally at Township meetings or by phone or by email. Should it be a done deal because it appears the plans have already been drawn up by Canuso or perhaps due to what appears as possibly an already submitted application for Coalition of Affordable Homes and to meet its time element for what appears as money already received? Shouldn’t we slow down and smell the peach or apple blossoms?
- Lots Owners
- 5 Township
- 2 Houltzhouser
- 21 Gardiner
- 14 Kniesley
- 3 Mac Property Group, LLC (Cake Boutique)
- 1 Jakimowicz
- …… To Be Announced
Philadelphia Inquirer by Andrew Seidman 9-30-13
Harrison Twp. Mayor Manzo says he can be ‘polarizing’;many agree
BLOCK 64 TIMELINE AND NEWSPAPER, ARTICLE
Articles from South Jersey Times
1.) Mullica-Hill Redevelopment Plan Stirs Unease by Angelo Fichera 8-10-13
2.) Block 64 blight: Mullica Hill land owners fight township’s redevelopment plan 8/13/2013 (Polhamus) http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2013/08/harrison_township_debates_possible_redevelopment_plan.html
4.) Block 64 blight: Mullica Hill homes, businesses removed from redevelopment plan 8/19/2013 http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2013/08/block_64_blight_mullica_hill_homes_businesses_removed_from_redevelopment_plan.html By Rebecca Forand/South Jersey Times Gloucester County Times
5.) Editorial: Active citizens can achieve results 8/22/2013 http://www.nj.com/south-jersey-voices/index.ssf/2013/08/editorial_active_citizens_can.html
Township Meetings Block 64:
1.) Township of Harrison Township Committee’s Regular Business Meeting on 8/19/2013:
a.)Resolution No. 165-2013 (withdrawn) became Resolution No. 166-2013 which appears added an additional lot within the minutes (Lot 1) which was not originally proposed for #166 as a motion and as passage on 8/19
Minutes -Based upon the foregoing, Committeeman Heim suggested that all privately owned lots on which inhabited homes exist be omitted from the Redevelopment designation Committeeman Heim made a motion to withdraw RESOLUTION NO. 165-2013 from the agenda, which was seconded by Deputy Mayor Clowney, motion carried by unanimous roll call vote
Committeeman Heim then made a motion to approve the following Resolution RESOLUTION NO. 166-2013- RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND COMMITTEE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF HARRISON AUTHORIZING THE JOINT LAND USE BOARD TO CONDUCT A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE WHETHER BLOCK 64, LOTS 1, 2, 5 AND 21 ON THE OFFICIAL TAX MAP OF THE TOWNSHIP OF HARRISON QUALIFIES AS AN AREA IN NEED OF REDEVELOPMENT. Motion to adopt: Committeeman Heim Second: Deputy Mayor Clowney, Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
Within posted minutes for 8/19/2013 it states: “Mayor Manzo reported that on October 17, 2013 the Joint Land Use Board will hold a hearing on the amended redevelopment designation which includes two vacant properties and one township owned property. Any further comments should be directed to the Joint Land Use Board during that meeting” and “Mayor Manzo reiterated that the Joint Land Use Board will hold a hearing October 17, 2013 Mayor Manzo reported that on Oct 17, 2013 the Joint Land Use Board will hold a hearing on the amended redevelopment designation which includes two vacant properties and one township owned property. Any further comments should be directed to the Joint Land Use Board during that meeting.
b.)Resolution No. 168-2013 appeared on the 9/3/2013 township committee meeting agenda for 9/3/2013 township (although appears no motion on 8/19 nor approval) with the addition of “to include any additional lots within Block 64 as may be requested by the property owner”
c.)Resolution No. 168-2013 removed at the township meeting on 9/3/2013 RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND COMMITTEE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF HARRISON AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 166-2013 AUTHORIZING THE JOINT LAND USE BOARD TO CONDUCT A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE WHETHER BLOCK 64, LOTS 2, 5 AND 21 ON THE OFFICIAL TAX MAP OF THE TOWNSHIP OF HARRISON QUALIFIES AS AN AREA IN NEED OF REDEVELOPMENT (Interpretive Statement: Amending Resolution No. 166-2013 to include within the preliminary investigation any additional lots within Block 64 as may be requested by the property owner)
2.) Joint Land Use Meeting on 9/19/2013
a.) agenda originally posted online the week of 9/9/2013 did not list Resolution No. 166-2013 but on Weds. 9/18/2013 it appears as added on agenda under new business.
b.).Review of Township Committee Resolution 166-2013 Authorizing The Planning Board To Conduct A Preliminary Investigation To Determine Whether Block 64,Lots 2, 5, And 21 On The Official Tax Map Of The Township Of Harrison Qualifies AsAn Area In Need Of Redevelopment
c.). Review of Group Melvin Design’s Proposal To Prepare Preliminary InvestigationReport For A Proposed Area In Need Of Redevelopment For Block 64, Lots 2, 5, And 21
UNANIMOUSLY VOTED and APPROVED 9-19-13
9-19-13 JLUB Agenda -NEW BUSINESS: A. Review of Township Committee Resolution 166-2013 Authorizing The Planning Board To Conduct A Preliminary Investigation To Determine Whether Block 64, Lots 2, 5, And 21 On The Official Tax Map Of The Township Of Harrison Qualifies As An Area In Need Of Redevelopment
B. Review of Group Melvin Design’s Proposal To Prepare Preliminary Investigation Report For A Proposed Area In Need Of Redevelopment For Block 64, Lots 2, 5, And 2
CURRENT ONGOING ISSUES OF CONCERN FOR HARRISON TOWNSHIP
HENRY HARRIS LANDFILL
Don Heim, as liaison to the Environmental and Pond Commissions and as a representative of the township committee held a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 9th, to hear the concerns of the citizens regarding the Henry Harris Landfill. It is commendable Mr. Heim held this public forum to allow the citizens the opportunity to express their concerns because it appears he shares these same concerns for our environment and for the well being of the members of our community.
TO LIVE NEAR HARRISON TOWNSHIP’S HARRIS LANDFILL IS TO KNOW IT
HARRISON TOWNSHIP HOLDS PUBLIC MEETING HARRIS LANDFILL
Harris_Landfill Redevelopment Study June 2005
Henry Harris (Stags Leap) Landfill Revitalization Project
ARCHIVE BLOCK 64
POSTED ON TOWNSHIP WEBSITE 4-6–2013
Preliminary Investigation For A Proposed Area In Need Of Redevelopment For Block 64, Lots 1, 2, 3, 3.01, 3.02, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19,20, 21 and 22
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE SENT OUT 5-14-2013
JOINT LAND USE BOARD PUBLIC HEARING JUNE 6, 2013
The Board agreed unanimously to table the hearing until July 18, 2013
JOINT LAND USE BOARD PUBLIC HEARING JUNE 18, 2013 7:30 pm
Preliminary Investigation For A Proposed Area In Need Of Redevelopment For Block 64, Lots 1, 2, 3, 3.01, 3.02, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19,20, 21 and 22 – continued from June 6, 2013
Nancy Kowalik made a motion to open the meeting to public comment
John Williams seconded the motion and Chairman Pacera opened the meeting to public comment. Hearing no comments from the public, Nancy Kowalik made a motion to close the meeting to public comment. Dennis Chambers seconded the motion and Chairman
Pacera closed the meeting to public comment.
Steve Dickson made a motion to accept the findings in the report and recommend the redevelopment designation of the area to Township Committee.
Nancy Kowalik seconded the motion. A Roll Call Vote was taken: Chairman Pacera – Aye; Nancy Kowalik– Aye; Dennis Chambers – Aye; Steve Dickson – Aye; John Williams – Aye; Lou Manzo –Aye; Matt Diggons – Aye; Paul Mattessich – Aye; Kristin Ross –Aye. 7:38 pm
Victory for Block 64!
Main Street Property Owners
Harrison Township Votes Down Redevelopment Designation
In response to a significant public backlash, the Harrison Township Committee voted on Monday, August 19th, to remove 20 of 23 properties from a proposed area “in need of redevelopment,” eliminating the threat of eminent domain abuse these home and business owners would have faced should their properties been declared blighted. A new resolution was introduced that instructs the Joint Land Use Board to further investigate whether vacant and township-owned property surrounding the nearly two-dozen Main Street properties, which include a synagogue and a Grange, should still be declared “in need of redevelopment.”
This victory comes less than three weeks after property owners banded together to form the Citizens Action Committee of Mullica Hill, whose purpose is to Save Block 64, a 70-acre area comprised of twenty-three lots that the township was considering designating “in need of redevelopment,” which would have allowed elected officials to seize the properties against the will of the owners through eminent domain in order to hand them over to a private developer. The Citizens Action Committee mobilized their neighbors to attend the Township Committee hearing to voice their opposition to the redevelopment designation. Over 150 supporters attended the hearing. The resolution was voted down unanimously.
“This is a victory for property rights in Harrison Township,” said Joan Halter, a Main Street business owner. “Our homes and businesses are not blighted, and this designation was clearly laying the groundwork for a landgrab. But the Township heard from its citizens loud and clear: we will not tolerate eminent domain for private gain. ”
“The Citizens Action Committee of Mullica Hill will continue to hold our elected officials accountable, in order to make Harrison Township a better place for all,” said Karen Bigwood, a targeted homeowner. “We want to thank everyone who joined us at the Township Committee hearing to show their support. We have demonstrated that together, we can impact the future of our wonderful Township—and we will continue to advocate for good policies that respect property rights and embrace what makes Mullica Hill special.”
HELP US SAVE BLOCK 64
Harrison Township is considering declaring “Block 64,” a 70-acre area that includes over a dozen charming homes and small businesses on Main Street, “in need of redevelopment”—which will allow the township to take our properties through eminent domain and give them to a private developer.
Our properties are not blighted, and they are not for sale. Eminent domain is for public use, things like roads and schools – not to give our property to a developer. If the government can take our homes and businesses, then no one’s property is safe.
We have formed the Citizens Action Committee of Mullica Hill to SAVE BLOCK 64 and stop eminent domain abuse—and we need your help.
The Township Committee is scheduled to vote on whether to declare our properties “in need of redevelopment” on Monday, August 19th.
Please join us to voice your opposition to this proposal. If you can’t make it, please contact the township council right now and tell them “hands off Block 64.”
Harrison Township Committee Meeting
Monday, August 19th at 7:30pm
Municipal Building: 114 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill
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They may call it Block 64…We call it home