Wood-Recycling Facility Proposal Will Be Heard by County
A public hearing will be held in Marlboro on Feb. 28.
A wood-recycling facility proposed for Tennent Road in Marlboro Township will have its time before the county, but not without resistance from officials and residents in the township.
The Atlantic Tree Realty first appeared for the Marlboro Township Environmental Commission and the Zoning Board, where officials raised questions about the environmental impact on Tennent Road in a residential area and close to the Marlboro Early Childhood Learning Center.
In March of last year, Mayor Jon Hornik announced his opposition to the proposal, which he feels lacked environmental information.
A Feb. 21, 2012 Zoning Board meeting had Atlantic Tree Realty on the agenda, but the company asked to be removed from the public hearing, according to a township news release.
Now, Atlantic Tree Realty is deferring to the Monmouth County Solid Waste Advisory Council.
Mayor Jon Hornik said in a February, 2013 letter to residents who could be impacted by the facility (attached to this article):
"The proposed facility is anticipated to receive 200 tons of trees, brush, wood chips and leaves per day, equivalent to 40 truck loads of material. The site is located within a residentially zoned neighborhood, is inconsistent with surrounding uses and is in close proximity to MELC, our childhood early learning center that houses both our youngest school-aged children and special needs population."
Township Attorney Louis Rainone said, "It is the township's position that they have to legally come before our Zoning Board."
According to The News Transcript, Atlantic Tree Realty's attorney said, the county had jurisdiction over the application because the proposal is to build a Class B recycling facility.
A public hearing in Marlboro on the matter is scheduled for Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.