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Holmdel Village 'Inverness' Subdivision Goes Before Holmdel Planning Board

The property is located between Vonage, at Route 520, and Willow Brook, on the border with Colts Neck.

The final major subdivision plan for the proposed development called Inverness, in Holmdel Village, returns to the Planning Board tonight.

On the agenda is a proposal to subdivide property on the south side of Route 34 and Holmdel Road into four open space lots, and 18 single family building lots. One of those single family lots would contain the exiting historic farmhouse on the tract known as the Henry D. Ely farm and be encumbered by a farm land easement. 

Preliminary approval the applicant, Westor Partnership, represented by Henry B. West, was granted in 2007. 

The property is in the R-4R Rural Conservation District,  requiring mandatory cluster zoning and minimum 60% open space set aside.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Holmdel Town Hall. 

JosephGhabourLaw October 17, 2012 at 03:28 PM
When open space funds aren't available or developers want to build no mater what, what is know as "cluster" housing is a workable tool. Cluster housing preserves natural wildlife habitats and forested areas by concentrating a number of houses in a single area on the least amount of land possible. Therefore, concentrating homes in a single area on a small amount of land will leave a larger amount of land relatively undeveloped and preserved
Jeff Gollin October 18, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Is this it? Or could Mr. West attempt to amend his prelim approval to ease density requirements?
JosephGhabourLaw October 19, 2012 at 04:19 PM
This is where you have to watch out for what the law calls "setting a precedent." If you allow a density increase, then the next builder in a zoning area will claim that they should get the same variance -- that is -- deviation from the zoning. NJ clearly bans "spot zoning", that is allowing land use on a case to case basis. In short, if the density goes up (or down) that opens the door to other such changes on land in Holmdel.

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