By Phil Stilton
JACKSON–Hard Maple Realty, which has come under scrutiny in Jackson in recent years over an illegal religious dump site, is finally expected to have their chance to present their subdivision and development application formally before the township zoning board on February 6th at 6:30 pm.
At the last planning board meeting, attorney Ray Shea, representing Hard Maple Realty warned the board that he may seek to move towards automatic approval under the law from what he claimed were delays on the part of the township in hearing this matter. Shea criticized the board for holding the application due to the presence of the illegal solid waste dump site contained on the property.
Under the law, Shea claimed, regardless of that matter, the hearing must be held and the board was within their right to set conditions based upon the outcome of the legal proceedings in the case in New Jersey Superior Court. A recent court ruling had extended the time period again for Hard Maple realty to remove the debris from the lots in question.
The entire project consists of 24.8 acres and will create 9 new residential lots for development on the parcel, located on Frank Applegate Road.
Applications and maps are currently on file at the Jackson Township zoning board office for public review.