Transco Pipeline Expansion Project on Open Space – Presentation from 10/13 Public Hearing

Posted on October 16, 2014

On October 13th, the Township of Montgomery hosted a final public hearing to receive public comment as to the proposed diversions of portions of Township-owned lands and lands upon which the Township holds conservation restrictions.  Comments may still be received until October 27th (see below).  A transcript of this meeting will be posted upon its availability.  A PDF document version of the hearing presentation may be found by following this link:

Transco Leidy SE GA Final Hearing Presentation 10/13/14

The affected properties which the Township owns are as follows:

  1. Block 27001, Lot 6 –              620 Georgetown-Franklin Turnpike (Route 518); and
  2. Block 15001, Lot 26 –            Corner of Dutchtown-Harlingen Road and Allshouse Way

The affected properties on which Montgomery Township holds conservation easements are:

  1. Block 33001, Lot 26.01 –       Corner of Cherry Valley Road and Mountainview  Road (owned by WBT Mountainview, LLC)
  1. Block 33001, Lot 26.02 –       367 Cherry Valley Road (owned by PRL Cherry Valley, LLC)
  1. Block 33001, Lot 28.02 –       1062 Cherry Hill Road (owned by the Waldorf School Association of Princeton)
  1. Block 33001, Lots 18  and 21         Cherry Hill Road (owned by Robert and Caroline Phinney)
  1. Block 26001, Lot 1.02 –         246 Burnt Hill Road (owned by Princeton Show Jumping, LLC)
  1. Block 16002, Lot 9.01 –         Burnt Hill Road and Dublin Road (owned by East Country Estates Homeowners  Association, Inc.)
  1. Block 4001 Lot 10.03 –  421 Belle Mead-Blawenburg Road (Route 601) (owned by Theodore H. Pedersen)

A permanent right of way  and easement, temporary workspace, and temporary access roads is proposed to be acquired from said landowners by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco) for the expansion of Transco’s existing underground natural gas pipeline transmission system and easement.  The lands in question are encumbered by State of New Jersey Green Acres restrictions, and a final application for the major diversion of said lands has been submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, for approval by the Department’s Commissioner and by the State House Commission.  As compensation to the Township for the diversion of lands and for the partial release of the conservation restrictions described above, Transco has proposed to pay the Township $1,655,500.

Please take further notice that this hearing will also serve as the public hearing required under N.J.S.A. 13:8B-5 in connection with the partial release of the conservation restrictions across the abovementioned parcels upon which the Township holds a conservation easement.

Any interested party may submit written comments by October 27, 2014, to Donna Kukla, Municipal Clerk, Township of Montgomery, 2261 Van Horne Road, Belle Mead, New Jersey 08502.  A copy of any written comments must also be provided by you to Kevin Appelget, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship, Mail Code 501-01, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0420.

Copies of the final application will be available to the public for inspection at Montgomery Township Municipal Building, located at 2261 Van Horne Road, Belle Mead, New Jersey and at the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, located at 64 Washington St., Rocky Hill, New Jersey.

Source: Montgomery Twp. Planning Dept

Date: 10/16/14