**Update 6/7/2017 The Larison’s application has been postponed until further notice.**
From Mayor Hoven 6/1/2017:
There has been some public discussion about the Turkey Farm property, triggered by a pending land use board application for a demolition permit for the Sunnyside building on the property. This is appropriately in the hands of the Land Use Board. However, discussions and proposal for the redevelopment of the Turkey Farm property have been on-going for over 15 years. It has been the subject of litigation three times.
The current litigation concerns an appeal by the property owner of the Highlands Council conferring plan conformance status to the Borough, and an objection of the Borough’s COAH (Affordable Housing) plan which is pending in Superior Court. The latter has cost the Borough a significant amount of money, which resulted in a property tax increase this year, rather than a reduction. The Court has ordered the parties to mediate and has encouraged the parties for find an amicable resolution of the litigation. The Borough remains open to settlement negotiations with the property owner, but at this juncture, a comprehensive plan which includes Mill Ridge Lane has not been submitted for the governing body’s consideration.
Any discussion about the negotiation process is privileged and must remain confidential pursuant to the rules of mediation.