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How Monroe Township used its non-contiguous clustering ordinance to foster transit-oriented development and open-space preservation.

How Monroe Township used its non-contiguous clustering ordinance to foster transit-oriented development and open-space preservation.

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  • 1. Monroe Township, Middlesex County, NJ • 42 square miles • 39,132 (2010 population) • Rural and Suburban Character • Goal of master plan is to ensure that 50% of township is preserved farmland or open space
  • 2. Monroe Township’s Noncontiguous Clustering Ordinance •Ensure “sound planning and to encourage coordinated community development and to preserve open space.” •May approve cluster development, provided it “serves municipal purposes, and is suitably located to preserve open space, farmland or parks…” •Applies to a variety of residential zones scattered across the townshipMinimum Lot Size Requirements • RR-FLP, R-3A, R-60, R-20 Noncontiguous Large-lot option cluster option (Left: Historic Dey Farmhouse, barn and potting shed along Old Church Road)RR-FLP 60,000 sq. ft min 6 acres minR-3A 20,000 sq. ft min 3 acres minR-60 20,000 sq. ft min 60,000 sq. ft minR-30 20,000 sq. ft min 30,000 sq. ft min
  • 3. The Gateway Project
  • 4. The Gateway Transit Oriented Mixed Use Project 12 Acres Residential 153 Townhome Units 14 Acres in Commercial 57,400 square feet 12 Acres Open Space Millstone River Community Park 12 Acre Conservation AreaEstablish dedicated waterfront park for community use tofurther the Arts and Gardening as well as create a working Rain Garden and Rain Harvesting Work Station
  • 5. Environmental Benefits Non-Contiguous Cluster Allows 1/3 of site to be open space Land along Millstone River preserved Reduced removal of wooded areas Less Impervious surface areaDevelopment to be concentrated along intersection of major highway Transit Oriented Development On site NJ Transit bus access LED Lighting Rain Water HarvestingWet Pond Non-Potable Irrigation Source Reduced Impervious
  • 6. Southfield Estates Project
  • 7. Southfield Estates Renaissance Properties (2002)Single-family residential development 142.5 acres developed 102 Single-family units 257 acres preserved as deed restricted farmland. Privately-owned.
  • 8. (Street view of Southfield Estates) (Skeba farm, permanently preserved farmland)Monroe Township,Middlesex County, NJ