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Chapel Hill Neighborhood in Support of Trinity Hall's Permanent Campus

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We are a group of organized residents of Middletown that has rallied to support the development of Trinity Hall's permanent campus in the Chapel Hill section of Middletown. Schools are always located in residential neighborhoods and we believe the bucolic setting of Chapel Hill Road is a lovely site for an all girls high school. Unlike other permitted, conditionally permitted and accessory permitted uses in the R-90 zone, Trinity Hall will preserve most of the open space and will only develop approximately 30% of one half of the 64 acres. According to the plan documents available at Middletown Town Hall, aprpoximately 30 acres will be untouched.

If a different developer acquires the land, it could become a residential development of single family homes and/or Affordable Housing units that would wipe out all of the open space and develop the site in its entirety. While this is not a "permitted" use today, state law supports the concept of Builder's Remedy which is a game changer. In September 2013, the NJ Supreme Court struck down existing Affordable Housing quotas in each community and the ruling will effectively re-write the Affordable Housing laws in our state. Trinity Hall chose our neighborhood and we could not be more happy to welcome them with open arms! This property will be purchased and developed and we would like to avoid that outcome and welcome this bucolic campus to our neighborhood. This is a fantastic use of this land and would prefer to see Trinity Hall in our backyard rather than several possible alternatives.

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