County to Buy 272 Acres in Barnegat, Stafford

Plot of land is located near Warren Grove range

Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps
Ocean County, through its natural land trust, will purchase 272 acres, mainly in Barnegat Township.

The plot of land off Route 539 near the Warren Grove Gunnery Range also includes some acreage in Stafford Township, said County Administrator Carl Block.

The plot of land, which will cost $1,250,000, is located adjacent to other protected properties, including the Bass River State Forest, and is near the gunnery range, making it a prime area for preservation from development, Freeholder John Bartlett said.

"The Department of Defense expressed an interest, but they don’t have the funds they’ve had before," said Bartlett.

The county became interested in purchasing the plot of land after state agencies were not in a position to buy it, Bartlett said, explaining that at some point in the future, the county may be interested in selling the land to the state or trading it for another parcel somewhere in the county.
Mac June 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM
prime area for development? - next to a gunnery range for practice bombings by supersonic flying war machines that shot up a LEH elementary school with a few cannon rounds just a few yards off course not too many years ago? - if $4600 an acre in this area is a good deal, then buy it - if not, what is the rush? - right now I would need more input to access the public value myself - doesn't the Pinelands Commission have some say in what gets developed in this area?
Daniel Nee June 19, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Mac - Nothing is getting developed there. The county bought it so it would not be developed.
Susan June 20, 2014 at 06:48 AM
OK, so what will Barnegat do with the money? Maybe refund to the taxpayers. HA, HA, HA
Mac June 20, 2014 at 06:32 PM
thanks Dan, I understand that - I should have worded the last part of the comment better - I'm not a fan of local and county governments having general funds available for inspirational open space purchases - it occasionally benefits the community but the community is seldom the first consideration of these purchases - now, if the Ocean County Freeholders had an integrity rating to match the county's credit rating, none of this would be much of a matter of concern - I just don't understand why land in the middle of nowhere that no one can do much with, if anything except pay taxes in lieu of donating the land to the county, needs to be purchased with all that still needs to be done to get people back into their hurricane ravaged homes
geo June 20, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Mac, your right on target. The state of NJ doesn't have the money along with the Department of Defense, no money. However, the taxpayers of Ocean County have no money but we foot the bill through the open space fund. The money could have been used more effectively for legitimate open space and not an area that would not or could not ever be developed. I'm curious as to who owned the land as it is often these land purchases are purchased from the politically connected through out Ocean County. Just a thought.


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