Monday, September 19, 2011

Hainesport, Burlington County, Farm Preserved

By Rose Krebs, Burlington County Times

HAINESPORT — The Township Committee has authorized $101,535 to purchase the development rights for the 80-acre Murphy farm off Fenimore Road.
At its meeting Tuesday night, the committee approved the purchase as part of the county’s farmland preservation program. Under the program, municipalities are responsible for 20 percent of the costs.

The price per acre was $7,425, Township Administrator Paul Tuliano said. About 68 acres are in Hainesport and the rest are in Lumberton, Tuliano said. In 2010, the Lumberton Township Committee authorized $17,820 to cover its portion of the costs.

The Murphy farm is the last one in town to be preserved, Mayor Michael Dickinson said.
“The most important thing is our part in keeping New Jersey green and thriving,” Dickinson said.

The farm is near South Jersey Regional Airport and home to D-J Excavating Inc. The family-owned company is a “full-service excavating, hauling and topsoil delivery” business that also rents trash containers, according to its website.

D-J Excavating, which has been in business since 1976, also offers leaf deposit services to various municipalities, including Hainesport, Tuliano said. The farm produces field crops.
“(The farm) is located in a part of town that public sewer and water isn’t permitted,” he said. “The county wanted it (preserved). It’s the last big farm in Hainesport that is not preserved.”
Many homes likely would not have been built on the land because of 5-acre zoning and sewer and water restrictions. Dickinson said officials want to ensure that that part of the town, which borders Mount Laurel and Medford, is preserved in perpetuity.

He said there is commercial development in the area and that officials want to make sure that the farm stays as is.

The Burlington County Board of Freeholders approved the purchase-of-development rights for the farm in 2010 at a cost of $594,000.

Rose Krebs: 609-871-8064; email:; Twitter: @rosekrebs

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