Lacey Committee to Consider Recommendation to Rezone Property for New Power Plant
The township committee will vote on the recommendation at one of its upcoming caucus meetings
The Lacey Planning Board has unanimously voted on a recommendation for the Lacey township committee to rezone the property behind Oyster Creek Generating Station for the potential construction of a new plant.
With the closure of Oyster Creek set for 2019, rezoning the property owned by Jersey Central Power & Light is a priority to updating the township Master Plan, a guiding document on land use and development.
“It’s another step to get all these things in order for a more marketable project,” Lacey Committeeman Gary Quinn said of the recommendation. “It’s just another piece of the puzzle.”
In May, the Township Committee awarded a contract to Birdsall Engineering to do a feasibility study for a new power generation facility to be built in Lacey upon Oyster Creek’s closure.
Birdsall will be performing a feasibility study for $22,500. The study will provide an assessment of existing conditions, development constraints and permitting requirements at 798 South Main St.
The current Master Plan does not encompass that property, Lacey Committeeman David Most previously said.
The township is seeking to build a new plant on that property once Oyster Creek Generating Station shuts down in 2019 but currently, it is not zoned for that purpose, Quinn said.
Once the property is zoned properly, the township can begin the permit process with the Department of Environmental Protection and other agencies, Most had said.
The more steps that are completed, such as properly zoning the property, the more likely the township could gain support from primary stakeholders, Quinn said.
A new generation facility is just a conceptual plan right now, Most said in May.
“We have to get all the different parties, the stakeholders, involved to make sure we have no big obstacles to overcome,” he said. “I’m sure we’re going to have some obstacles but we’re trying to present a power plant when Oyster Creek closes in 2019.”
The committee will vote on the recommendation during one of its upcoming caucus meetings.