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Open Space Scorecard - Top 25 Tracts

Status of "Top 25" Tracts Targeted for Preservation
Hamilton's Open Space and Recreation Plan contains an inventory of the remaining undeveloped land in the township - about 4,500 acres as of 2003. Of that total, the plan identifies about 1,500 acres as the "top 25" parcels to be preserved over the next 20 years. This scorecard provides an update on how the township is doing in its effort to save the "top 25" since the Plan was adopted in April 2003.

Note that nothing prevents Hamilton from preserving land not listed on the Open Space Plan. Also, the Plan is a guide to preservation, not a legally binding document.

See the Open Space and Recreation Plan and Open Space Map for details.



Summary:

Of the approximately 1,500 acres in the "top 25", over 500 acres or about 35% has been developed*. Over 200 acres or about 13% has been preserved**. Hamilton's Open Space Plan is a 20 year plan, but at the current rate of development it is doubtful that there will be any land left to preserve in 20 years.

Total acres of land in Hamilton Township: 25,600 (approximate)
Total acres of undeveloped land: 4,500 (approximate)

Total Acreage in "Top 25": 1,483 (approximate)

Top 25

Photo of field with flowersDeveloped*
  • 5 Properties
  • 542 Acres
Preserved**
  • 5 Properties
  • 227 Acres
Status Unknown
  • 15 Properties
  • 733 Acres

*includes land with a development plan on file
**includes property likely to be preserved, but purchase has not been finalized.




Top 25 Details

See Hamilton's Open Space and Recreation Plan Map to locate each property using the Map Location number.


Active Recreation. 5 properties. 410 acres. 28% of total


Cypress Lane next to the Sr. Center
Map Location P/E E-5
15 acres.
Status: A developer is seeking a zoning variance to build condos. Hamilton has said the land will be preserved. Neighbors are actively opposed to the inappropriate development.

Braghelli Farm
Map Location AR1
84 acres adjacent to Veterans Park.
Status: Preserved. Hamilton closed on the property March 28, 2005. It will become an addition to Veterans Park. Part active and part passive recreation.

Klockner Rd. and I-295.
Map Location AR2 (apparently this property is mis-located on the map)
65 acres. 2/3 active 1/3 passive recreation.
Status: Unknown.

Pleasant Dr. and Elton Ave. in Yardville.
Map Location AR3
14.5 acres. Adjacent to Sunnybrae park. Mostly active recreation. Area along Back Creek to be part of a linear park.
Status: Unknown.

Adjacent to Papp's Village in Yardville.
Map Location AR4
127 acres. Access along Crosswicks-Hamilton Sq. Rd and Timber Wolf Dr. A mix of active and passive recreation. Part of a linear park system.
Status: Unknown.

Sawmill Rd. near YMCA day camp (Skeba Farm).
Map Location AR5
120 acres.
Status: Preserved. Mercer County purchased the 97 acres of the farm in January 2006 plus an adjacent 18 acres along Crosswicks Creek for a total of 111 acres.


Passive Recreation/Environmental Education.
5 properties. 118 acres. 8% of total.

Main St. and Crosswicks Creek in Groveville.
Map Location P/E E-1
1 acre.
Status: Preserved by Hamilton Twp. Trailhead for Crosswicks Creek Linear Park. Site of a proposed environmental education center.

Moser property. End of Bunting and Deutz Avenues in Deutzville.
Map Location P/E E-2
2.5 acres.
Status: Unknown. Active recreation and an entrance to marshes within Roebling Park.

End of Bunting Ave in Deutzville.
Map Location P/E E-3
9.5 acres.
Status: Unknown. The missing link to create a greenway between Bowhill Mansion and Roebling Park.

Klockner Woods along Klockner Ave, I-295, Nebraska Ave and E. State St. Ext.
Map Location P/E E-4.
90 acres.
Status: Hamilton purchased 50 acres from Fieldstone Associates. The remaining 40 acres are spread between four other owners. An application for building three houses on one of them was heard by the Planning Board at it’s June 11, 2009 meeting. The tract consists of approximately fives acres and is located behind Mama Rosa’s Restaurant on Klockner Ave..

Cypress Lane next to the Sr. Center.
Map Location P/E E-5
15 acres.
Status: A developer is seeking a zoning variance to build condos. Hamilton has said the land will be preserved. Neighbors are actively opposed to the inappropriate development.




Farmland. 15 properties. 955 acres. 64% of total.

Shisler Farm - Sawmill Rd.
Map Location FP-1
180 acres
Status: Approved for development of single family homes.

Ellis Farm - Sawmill Rd.
Map Location FP-2
92 acres
Status: Preserved farmland

Princeton Research Lands Inc. - Old York Rd. Adjacent to Ellis Farm.
Map Location FP-3
149 acres
Status: Unknown

B & I Chowdhury (owner) - Sawmill Rd. Across the road from Skeba Farm.
Map Location FP-4
32 acres
Status: Development application imminent.

Anthony & Anna Zimbicki (owners) - Intersection of Sawmill Rd. and Old York Rd.
Map Location FP-5
33 acres
Status: Approved for development of single family homes.

Elma Katz (owner) - Old York Rd.
Map Location FP-6
19 acres
Status: Unknown

Dorothy Yate & Susan Giancola (Dey Farm) - south side of Old York Rd. Adjacent to Shisler Farm
(See FP-15 for adjacent land).
Map Location FP-7
123 acres
Status: Approved for single family house development along with adjacent FP-15 on north side of Old York Rd.

Slivonik and Ossowski (owners) - Old York Rd and Extonville Rd.
Map Location FP-8
50 acres
Status: Unknown

Allentown Tree Farm - Ellisdale and Extonville Rd.
Map Location FP-9
81 acres
Status: Unknown

Frank Taylor (owner) - Extonville Rd near FP-9
Map Location FP-10
11 acres
Status: Unknown

William Flemer Sons c/o Princeton Nursery (owners) - Extonville Rd. Adjacent to FP-10
Map Location FP-11
5 acres
Status: Unknown

Baird, Horace & Garetta (owners) - Extonville Rd. Adjacent to FP-10
Map Location FP-12
11.5 acres
Status: Unknown

Allentown Tree Farm c/o Princeton Nursery (owners) - West side of Extonville Rd. across from FP-9.
Map Location FP-13
56 acres
Status: Unknown

Richard & Patricia Nami - Old York Rd. near Hidden Hollow Rd.
Map Location FP-14
8.8 acres
Status: Unknown

Dorothy Yate & Susan Giancola (Dey Farm) - north side of Old York Rd. (See FP-15 for adjacent land).
Map Location FP-15
104 acres
Status: Approved for single family house development along with adjacent FP-7 on south side of Old York Rd.


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