2005-03-09 / Front Page

U.F. prepares for build-out analysis grant

Planning Board will apply for $20,000 Smart Growth Planning Grant
BY JANE MEGGITT Staff Writer

BY JANE MEGGITT
Staff Writer

UPPER FREEHOLD — The Planning Board will apply for a state grant to fund a build-out analysis of the township.

Township Committeeman and Planning Board member Stephen Fleischacker announced at the March 3 Township Committee meeting that officials would apply for the $20,000 matching Smart Growth Planning Grant from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commission (ANJEC).

Fleischacker said the board would work with other township boards “to make a winning proposal.”

During the next few weeks, Fleischacker said, the board, the Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) and the Economic Development Board will develop the theme of the application into a comprehensive analysis that suits the grant criteria.

The association must receive the application by April 1.

The ANJEC grant program awards one-to-one matching reimbursement grants of up to $20,000 to municipalities for local or regional plans, ordinances, studies or document reviews that protect natural resources and establish the land-use patterns envisioned in the state plan. The program, funded through the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, has contributed more than half a million dollars toward 46 local planning projects in 45 municipalities over the past three years.

According to ANJEC, the goal of the Smart Growth grant program is to promote local land-use planning that reduces sprawl; creates efficient, walkable communities with sufficient open space and green infrastructure; and protects rural and environmentally sensitive areas so they can continue to perform their critical environmental and ecological functions.

In other environmentally related business, Fleischacker expressed regret over the resignation of Jack Menchin from the EAC and the Tree City Advisory Board. Menchin is moving out of town.

Fleischacker said he worked with Menchin on the EAC, and that Menchin “gave his all” in teaching newcomers about the township.

“He is really going to be missed,” Fleischacker said.

Fleischacker also said next month is the 35th anniversary of Earth Day. He wants to encourage the governing body to make the event more significant in terms of a celebration.

In addition, Fleischacker would like the EAC and the Tree City Advisory Board to do a tree planting on municipal property in memory of the late Bill Metterhouse, a longtime chairman of the township’s Environmental Commission.

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