Hillsborough Township took a major step Tuesday evening, toward the creation of a community focal point and hometown identity, by adopting a new Town Center zone regulation for the area at the intersection of Route 206 and Amwell Road.
Mayor Anthony Ferrera stated, “The Town Center will be the key point or lynchpin that brings together appropriate mixed use development, the potential for the preservation of open space in other parts of the Township, economic growth, a focal point for the community, and help to homeowning property taxpayers.”
The Mayor added, “The new zone is part of our overall plan for attracting more commercial property taxpayers, which will in turn reduce some of the tax burden on Hillsborough homeowners.”
The proposal was adjusted by the Township Committee prior to introduction with regard to the amount of housing that will be permitted in the zone. “The housing limit ensures that this plan remains a plan for commercial development, with a limited housing component. It is not a back door opportunity for a major multi family housing development,” Mayor Ferrera said.
The Phase II Master Plan, approved by the Hillsborough Planning Board in October, 2005, incorporates several new zones along Route 206. The new zones anticipate the construction of the Route 206 by-pass by the State DOT and the re-designation of current Route 206 as a less congested Main Street.
The Town Center Zone will extend south on Route 206 from New Amwell Road and Andria Avenue to the Hillsborough Shopping Center. The Zone will extend east of 206 to the back of the Hillsborough School and west to the Hillsborough Post Office.
In 2006, Hillsborough adopted the new Gateway A & B zones.