PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
TAKE NOTICE that the Morris County Board of County Commissioners intends on holding a public hearing pursuant to the Local Lands and Buildings Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:12-1, et seq.) during a special meeting of the Harding Township Committee. The meeting is scheduled for July 6, 2021 at 9:00 am at the Kirby Municipal Building and will be attended by a representative(s) of the Board of County Commissioners.
The Township of Harding proposes that Morris County release the Historic Preservation Restrictions held by the County on the entire 9.575 acres of the Glen Alpin Estate, 685 Mount Kemble Avenue, Harding Township (Block 34, Lot 1) which is encumbered through funding assistance of the Morris County Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, established by P.L. 1997 c. 24 (N.J.S.A. 40:12-51.1, et seq.). In addition, the Township of Harding proposes that Morris County release its Open Space Restrictions on a portion of the property consisting of 3.52 acres in fee simple and easements totaling an additional 0.63 acres of the Glen Alpin Estate, as identified in the easement dated October 19, 2004, recorded in Deed Book 6186, Page 71.
Pursuant to the Local Lands and Buildings Law, a representative(s) of the Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing for the benefit of Morris County to obtain public comment on the request to release the County’s Open Space and Historic Preservation Restrictions based upon the 2004 Grant Agreement for the acquisition of the Glen Alpin Estate, as well as the right to 30 year easements as set forth in the following Grants:
2005 Grant Agreement for Roof Replacement
2006 Grant Agreement for Utility Improvements
2007 Grant Agreement for Architectural Services
2007 Grant Agreement for HVAC System, repairs, improvements and associated professional services.
In exchange for Morris County releasing the County’s Historic Preservation Restriction on the Glen Alpin Estate, Harding Township intends on conveying a permanent historic preservation restriction, held by the New Jersey Historic Trust, and enhancing public access to the Glen Alpin Estate. In response to Morris County releasing its Open Space Restrictions on the Glen Alpin Estate, the Township of Harding intends to or has already acquired the following properties within Harding Township that will be preserved as open space: Block 8, Lot 5.01 (known as the Culbertson property) and Block 46, Lot 13.03 (known as the NJDOT property). These lands total 18 acres and are contiguous to existing preserved open space parcels. In addition, the Township of Harding intends to convey a public access and trail easement on the Glen Alpin Estate to the Morris County Park Commission from Patriots’ Path to the Jockey Hollow section of the Morristown National Historic Park.
The in-person hearing will be held on July 6, 2021 at 9:00 am, and will be located at the:
Kirby Municipal Building
21 Blue Mill Road
New Vernon, NJ
If you would like to participate in the meeting, preregistration is required by contacting the Municipal Clerk by email at email@example.com or by phone at (973) 267-8000, extension 711. The documents and information related to this request are available for in-person review at the Kirby Municipal Building and the Kemmerer Public Library, or by contacting the Harding Township Municipal Clerk’s office. Additionally, documents related to this request are also posted under the Quick Links tab entitled “Glen Alpin Disposal/Diversion Application – Green Acres” at:
Public comment on this request will be accepted during the hearing or by written submission on or before the July 6, 2021 hearing. Written comments or questions on the hearing may be directed to Joseph Barilla, Morris County Office of Planning & Preservation, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, NJ 07963-0900 or by email to JBarilla@co.morris.nj.us. Please also send a copy of any written comments or questions to the Municipal Clerk at Harding Township, P.O. Box 666, 21 Blue Mill Road, New Vernon, NJ or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.