To defray legal costs ($5,000) at a critical moment in our struggle to preserve Hidden Oak Woods and stop it from being developed for 275 rental housing units.
We are now at a critical moment in our struggle to preserve Hidden Oak Woods and stop it from being developed for 275 rental housing units. This site lies on wetlands by Harts Lane, adjacent to tributaries of the Lawrence Brook, an important source of drinking water. It is also surrounded by industrial properties on Harts Lane, and will significantly increase traffic at Tices Lane and University Road.
Although the East Brunswick Planning Board overwhelmingly voted down this project in 2019, the Middlesex County Superior Court overturned that decision. Shockingly, the judge has allowed considerable clearing to take place, leaving areas devoid of vegetation and prone to erosion in place of erosion in place of magnificent trees. We need to stop the builder from taking further action.
East Brunswick has rightfully appealed, and our organizations - the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership and the Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership -- are standing together to join the appeal as amicus parties (i.e. friends of the court). We have retained the legal services of NJ Appleseed to write the amicus brief, and they have requested a reasonable fee of $5,000. We are asking for your help in reaching that total.
If you live nearby, you already know about the likely adverse impacts of this development on your quality of life. Those who travel on Tice Lane, University Road, and Milltown Road will be negatively impacted by the traffic. We are worried about the great potential for flooding of this housing development project, which will put residents in harms way in situations of flooding and associated health risks associated with mold. Finally, we are concerned about the negative impacts on the environment if this development is allowed to be built. It has suffered enough already. Our groups believe this is an important fight. We hope that you agree, and that you will join us by making a donation to our cause.
Thank you for your consideration!
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