Environmental Commission

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ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

Danielle Sims, Ex Officio Member
(609) 259-3600 ext. 1120

The Environmental Commission requires four members present to make a quorum.
The Mayor selects Chair and appoints not less than five, but not more than seven members and allowed 2 alternates. Meetings are typically held the first Monday of each month at Robbinsville Township Municipal Offices in the Public Meeting Room, located at 2298 Route 33 at 7:00 p.m.

        2020 Environmental Commission Meeting Schedule

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
 that due to the current New Jersey State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency declared by Governor Phil Murphy, and in an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of residents, Township staff, professionals, and applicants, the Township Municipal Building remains at reduced capacity. In accordance with the Open Public Meeting Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6, et seq., and/or P.L. 2020, c.11, and/or the “Operational Guidance – COVID-19: Guidance for Remote Public Meetings in New Jersey” dated March 23, 2020, and “Operational Guidance – COVID-19: N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1, Recommendation for Land Use Public Meetings in New Jersey” dated April 2, 2020, both published by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Local Governmental Services, notice is hereby given that so long as the Township Municipal Building remains at reduced capacity and continues to follow social distancing requirements, the previously noticed 2020 public meetings/hearings of the Envirnmental Commission for the Township of Robbinsville, County of Mercer, and State of New Jersey, have been changed to occur virtually via video teleconferencing by way of Zoom rather than an “in-person” meeting through January 1, 2021 and may be noticed beyond this date.  The Meetings will begin at 7:00 PM. Please log in 5-10 minutes early to address any technical issues and to authenticate your Zoom.
Members of the public lacking the resources or know-how for technological access should contact the Ex-Officio Member, Danielle B. Sims, by email at dsims@robbinsville.net or by phone at 609-259-3600 x 1120, for assistance.

Meeting Agenda 10/5/20
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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION MEMBERS AND EXPIRING TERMS

Spencer Pierini, Chairman - 3 yr. - Mayor - 12/31/20
Whitney Hurley - 3 yr. - Mayor - 12/31/20
Gabe Lederman - 3 yr. - Mayor - 12/31/20
Seema Majithia - 3 yr. - Mayor - 12/31/22
Marci Rubin - 3 yr. - Mayor - 12/31/21
Tom Doyle - 3 yr. - Mayor - 12/31/21
Janet Van Nest (Planning Board Representative) - 3 yr. - Mayor - 12/31/22
Danielle Sims (Ex Officio Member) - 1 yr. - Mayor - 12/31/20
Milana Asadpour (Student Liaison/non-voting) - 1 yr. - Mayor - 12/31/20

BPU VIDEO: NJ CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM

 

Robbinsville Environmental Commission Annual Report

Environmental Overview: Robbinsville's natural resources have long shaped the lives of its inhabitants. The Lenape Indians, who inhabited the lands of Robbinsville for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans, relied upon fish, game, and plants from the area's streams and upland forests. They also made good use of the region's rich agricultural soils. The high quality soils of the Robbinsville area also played a major role in its settlement by Europeans. Almost immediately after their arrival, Quaker and Presbyterian settlers began to clear the forest and work the land, cultivating grain, fruits, and vegetables. In recent decades, significant areas of the township have experienced suburban growth, representing a break from its long agricultural past.

Despite intense development pressure over the past 25 years, the township has been vastly successful in preserving open space. Robbinsville voters approved an open space tax in 2005 to generate dedicated funds for land preservation, and will be asked to do so again on the November, 2016 election ballot as Mayor Dave Fried looks to preserve an additional 400-plus acres in 2017.
Robbinsville remains focused on acquiring conservation easements on as much of the township's remaining farmland as is practical. As of July 2009, some 3,153 acres, or 24 percent of Robbinsville's total acreage, had been permanently preserved for open space through purchases and easements. Hundreds more acres have been preserved throughout the township over the last seven years. These areas are used for parkland, natural resource conservation, watershed protection, and wildlife refuges.
The township also contains over 1,000 acres of preserved farms.
The area's wetlands, upland forests, and grasslands provide significant habitat for a wide range of plants and animals. The ability of natural areas to help filter and eliminate urban pollution is vital to the continued health of the community and the enjoyment of its citizenry. Knowledge of the environmental resources of Robbinsville will allow its officials and citizens to make informed decisions as they strive to maintain Robbinsville's identity and create a sustainable, healthy landscape.

Source: This is a condensed version of the Environmental Resource Inventory (ERI) published in March, 2012 for the Township of Robbinsville.

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