Save historic 32 acre forest w/ 5,000+ trees from commercial development in Ocean Twp NJ

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Many Ocean Township residents are struggling to save a precious 32 acre magnificent iconic and historic woodland site from becoming a mega 24/7 WAWA store with 12 gas/diesel pumping stations, a 5000 sq ft mega Chick-fil-A, 70 townhomes, and a 114 room extended stay hotel.  

This local issue is a universal issue about overdevelopment in a critical time in our nation’s history. 

Ocean Township is just one case in point but perhaps one that helps to explain the whole.  The land we seek to save is  one of the last large open spaces that remain in our township, once abundantly gifted with woodland and farmland, now classified an urban place.   Perhaps ironic is the fact that this last undeveloped large open space is the land where Ocean Township’s history began—a  Leni Lanape campsite before English religious refugees, Quakers named Woolley, came to farm it. 

On October 7, 2019 the planning board will vote on whether to preserve this land or allow for this unnecessary development when there are multiple existing vacant commercial properties available throughout the town. 

If this passes, thousands of trees will be cleared displacing deer and wildlife into the surrounding neighborhoods and will contribute to the increasing deterioration of our environment.  The development would bring more traffic, lights, pollution, noise and urbanization.  Not to mention the added stormwater runoff that will impact Poplar Brook, Deal Lake, our watershed and beaches.  

This will change our town forever.  Our local battle, whether we win or lose, is an example of how the uncorrupted people that are the majority in our country begin to act to change our reality putting the public and its needs first and the private after.       

Say NO to the proposed development at Route 35 and Deal Road.