FARMLAND AND OPEN SPACE PRESERVATION
Everybody loves the wonderful rural and village life style of East Amwell. A major reason for this is the many farms and open space tracts that were preserved over the past 30 years under the leadership of Democratic majority township committees.
The strategy of preserving land in this way contributes to our quality of life by keeping active farms in East Amwell, minimizing tract developments, keeping property taxes low, and protecting the environment and our water supply.
Farming is capital intensive and preservation also provided payments to help our working farmers with needed investments.
While over 42% of our township is preserved and will never be developed there are over 1,000 acres are still available for development that could dramatically change our neighborhoods.
If this happened East Amwell could eventually look like a typical suburban township, such as neighboring Raritan.
We need to keep preserving farms and open space to continue to protect our water supply, support family farms, provide critical habitat for wildlife and keep our taxes low.