EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — The Township Committee approved one of three ordinances Wednesday related to a proposed affordable-housing complex on the site of the current Rodeway Inn, but then let the other two die without votes.
The move left in doubt the status of a project that would build 85 homes on 10 acres fronting the Black Horse Pike in the township’s Cardiff section.
“It’s hard for me to say,” the township’s lawyer, Marc Friedman, answered when asked what the split vote means to the project’s future. He said he will pass on what happened to a special counsel the township has hired to handle affordable-housing issues.
“I have no idea what just happened,” said Hans Lampart, whose Vineland-based Eastern Pacific Development plans to build Cross Creek of Egg Harbor Township.
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Lampart said he needs local approvals to apply for funding for the project from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency by a May 2 deadline. But he suggested the one yes vote on the project — approval of a new affordable-housing overlay zone in the township — could be enough to keep it moving.
The governing body approved that move by a 3-2 vote after hearing opposition from a string of neighbors. Mayor Sonny McCullough and Deputy Mayor Paul Hodson voted against it.
The second ordinance, which would have created the zoning specifications in those affordable-housing areas, died when no one on the five-person committee would second a motion to call a vote. Then no one supported calling a vote on the third proposal, to include the Rodeway site in that new zone.
Amy Vanrell, who lives nearby, said she represents about 300 neighbors who signed a petition opposing the project.
“There are multiple locations in the township that are better than this” as a site for the affordable housing local officials said they’re required to accept, Vanrell said. “I feel it’s being squeezed in.”
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Peter Miller, the township administrator, said state courts and mandates will make Egg Harbor Township take anywhere from 1,000 to 2,200 affordable units. McCullough complained the township gets no official credit for the mobile homes it already hosts.
“There’s not a person up here who is really in favor of this ordinance,” the mayor said after the first vote.