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Public Meeting Announced Regarding Green Acres Diversion

The City of New Brunswick has filed a request with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, proposing to divert 0.105 acres (4,581 square feet) of the Raritan River Conservation Area located between Route 1 and the New Jersey Turnpike on Block 703.03, Lot 1.03 in the City of New Brunswick, Middlesex County.

The request is in connection with the replacement, upgrading and operation of the overhead electric transmission line for Public Service Electric and Gas Company’s (PSE&G’s) Metuchen-Trenton-Burlington project which would serve to strengthen the electric power reliability in the region.

The proposed diversion is for an aerial easement to PSE&G to allow for proper clearance around the new transmission line.  The easement would be in addition to the existing PSE&G right of way located in the area of Tunison Road north of North Pennington Road. PSE&G proposes to provide $10,000 as set forth in the easement appraisal as compensation for the easement to the City of New Brunswick to be used for recreation or park improvements.  Should that amount change during the appraisal review, PSE&G will provide the amount certified in connection with the review of the application.

In addition, PSE&G proposes to provide compensation to the City of New Brunswick pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:36-26.10(c)4 for the proposed removal of 23 trees greater than six inch diameter at breast height in the easement area. The proposed tree compensation plan is to plant 171 three-inch caliper replacement trees on City-owned lands.

Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:36-26.11(e), a public hearing to obtain public comment on this request will be held at New Brunswick City Hall located at 78 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901 on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

An application for NJDEP Commissioner and State House Commission approval has been submitted to Green Acres and is available for review at the City Clerk’s office in the New Brunswick City Hall and at the New Brunswick Free Public Library located at 60 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick NJ 08901. All interested parties are invited to attend and participate in the public hearing.

In addition to oral comments presented during the hearing, written comments on the diversion request may be directed to Thomas A. Loughlin, 3rd, City Administrator for the City of New Brunswick, 732-745-5007 and New Brunswick City Hall, 78 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901.  Please send a copy of any comments submitted in connection with this request to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship, P.O. Box 412, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0412.

All written comments must be received by November 9, 2018, which is two weeks after the hearing.