Surprises at the Feb. 13 County ARC Meeting

The Feb. 13 meeting of the County's Amendment Review Committee revealed surprises about Committee members' knowledge and reversal of the Holmdel Township Committee's position.

The seven Holmdel residents at the February 13 meeting of the Monmouth County Planning Board's Amendment Review Committee (ARC) witnessed several surprises during consideration of the agenda item “Water Quality Management Plan for Monmouth County Future Wastewater Service Area Map ...”

First, no member of this ARC could say whether or not an independent and objective Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was submitted that concludes the cumulative drinking water impacts of expanding Holmdel Township's Sewer Service Area is better for the Swimming River Reservoir Watershed. Recall the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection proposed in April 2011 expanding Holmdel's Sewer Service Area to include all portions of the two Alcatel-Lucent tracts, the roughly 700 acres in Holmdel owned by the NJ Turnpike Authority, and most of Holmdel's Public Parks and Open Space areas.

If in fact no such independent and objective EIS exists, then the proposed amendment to expand Holmdel's Sewer Service Area (SSA) is probably not in minimal compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act.

Second, those at this Feb. 13 meeting learned that Holmdel's Township Committee has completely reversed its previous position of opposing such drastic expansion of Holmdel's SSA in a letter sent this January to the designated County staff person. This letter transmits a Township Committee resolution accepting without reservation the NJDEP's proposed expansion of Holmdel's SSA.

Contrast this with the 23 May 2011 Patch article by Mayor Impreveduto titled “DEP's Sewering Plan for Holmdel Could Affect Water Supply,” which does a nice job of explaining why NJDEP's sewering plan is undesirable, and also requesting Holmdel citizens' support of a petition drive against NJDEP's sewering plan.

Holmdel's Township Committee owes Holmdel residents an explanation for its 180 degree turn on this key subject.

-Anthony Cooper

President of the CILU

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Tony Orsini February 19, 2013 at 08:23 PM
I fail to understand the logic of "if you have sewers, you should not oppose sewers." Certain areas MUST be sewered. Other areas that are not sewered are protected from hi density development, which intelligent people know is a good thing. I had septic in my first house for 11 years before I moved, and I saved a pile of money not paying a sewer bill. Never had a problem even tho the soil was marginal. Now I'm being hosed with sewers (lol). If I had a choice, gimme septic, especially if it would protect me from over development. And sewerede areas WILL BE exposed to affordable housing via COAH. And I guarantee COAH will be back in some form.
Patricia J February 19, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Not sure what the surprise is - the redevelopment plan mentions the housing component will connect to the sewer line going into the main building. The development plan is blessed by the TC - which would indicate to me that they changed positions on sewers from the mayor's 2011 comments last May. No? http://www.holmdeltownship-nj.com/alcatel%20lucent%20redevelopment%20plan%20post.pdf
Tony Orsini February 19, 2013 at 09:29 PM
The sewer line servicing Lucent was meant for Lucent building ONLY. There should be capacity issues. Clearly this is an expansion of sewer service to the heart of Holmdel which, I guarantee you, will make for further expansion issues: it will make it harder to limit sewers, and you will be exposed to massive development pressures. ZONING, as history clearly shows, will not protect from it. MORE DEVELOPMENT, MORE INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIREMENTS, MORE POPULATION, HIGHER TAXES, LOWER PROPERTY VALUES..for ALL of Holmdel. It is a very familiar scenario repeated time and time again, but people never learn: oddly enough, even the refugees from over developed areas from the northern burbs and cities. Those ignoring this history are doomed to repeat it. Some of us get it, but apparently not enough of us. CILU certainly gets it.
Patricia J February 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Not disagreeing with you. But the redevelopment plan does show sewer connections in the plans for housing and additional buildings that are going up. The plan was created in May 2012. The Mayor's comments were documented by the Patch in 2011. Seems he flip flopped already. The ARC meeting didn't bring anything new up.
Tony Orsini February 20, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Oh, agreed on that. I think once this reached the county level, Mr. Cooper, able President of CILU, is trying to call attention and rally support at this particular juncture. It is rather astounding and incomprehensible why the governing body would expose the town to large scale development when they could have done so much better.


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