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How Delaware Township introduced and passed a non-contiguous clustering ordinance.

How Delaware Township introduced and passed a non-contiguous clustering ordinance.

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  • 1. Delaware Township The Process of Adopting aNoncontiguous Cluster OptionJim Dowdjmdowd@comcast.net
  • 2. Statistics• 23,700 Acres in size (37 Sq. miles)• 7,200 Acres preserved• Population 4,563 (123/Sq. Mile)• 3 and 6 acre zones• 2 commercial centers
  • 3. Sergeantsville
  • 4. Rosemont
  • 5. Preserved farms
  • 6. Delaware Township Zoning Map
  • 7. Infrastructure• 1 Sewage treatment plant serving 450 users• Total of 4 public wells serving 525 users• Balance of population have private wells and septic systems
  • 8. Planning process• Began fall of 2006 with establishment of Zoning Review Committee (ZRC) – 9 Member committee composed of volunteers and a few members of the Planning Board• The ZRC held 4 community outreach meetings through October 2007 – Presentations were made by the SADC, Deputy Mayor of Chesterfield Township and the State Office of Smart Growth – A zoning issues questionnaire was provided to all attendees to elicit public opinion – Specific options were presented at various meetings covering Large lot subdivisions, Hamlets, Clustering and TDR
  • 9. Planning Process continued• 13 public meetings conducted including: – Board of Health – Open Space Committee – Seniors Group – Delaware Township Municipal Utilities Authority (sewage and Water) – Historical Society – Recreation Committee – Board of Education – Environmental Commission
  • 10. Planning options evaluated• Transfer of Development Rights (TDR)• Hamlets• Non-contiguous clustering• Down zoning to uniform 6 acre lots
  • 11. Results• TDR rejected primarily because of infrastructure limitations• Hamlet and non-contiguous clustering accepted• Down zoning rejected by Township committee
  • 12. Why Non-contiguous and Hamlet zoning accepted• Current OS fund has been significantly reduced through preservation efforts• There are 1,400 acres targeted for preservation• The Township can fund an additional 200 acres before funding is exhausted
  • 13. Why accepted cont’d• The preservation process can continue after current funds run out.• The Township will have greater control over the development process: – Location of site – Appearance of dwellings – Location of Open Space
  • 14. Ordinance Summary• Adopted. October 2011• Copy available on Township web site: – www.delawaretwpnj.org• Highlights: – Cluster: – 24 Acre minimum size – 75 acres or less must have OS land on tract – 75 acres or more can have off site OS (noncontiguous) – 1.5 acre minimum lot size – Hamlet: – 100 acre minimum with 82% Open Space – OS can be off site (noncontiguous)