Manalapan Mayor Mary Ann Musich announced during a Township Committee meeting last night that the pigs that arrived at the farm at the corner of Route 33 and Millhurst Road on Tuesday were removed from the property by the end of the day on Wednesday.
Following the meeting, Musich told MoreMonmouthMusings that the pigs were removed after Township Attorney Roger McLaughlin cancelled a meeting with a developer who is preparing a proposal for the property. McLaughlin informed the developer that there will be no discussions so long as there are pigs present on the farm, according to Musich.
MANALAPAN- Township Attorney Roger McLaughlin said that the Township’s position regarding the proposed pig farm on the 123 acre property on the corner of Route 33 and Millhurst Road is that a pig farm is not a permitted use.
Speaking during the Township Committee’s public meeting on Wednesday night, McLaughlin said that the Committee had discussed the “press release” about the pig farm that owner Joe Spano plans for his property during executive session and that they had determined that the property, in a VC (Village Commercial) zone is not permitted to be a farm. “Farming is not a permitted use in the VC zone,” McLaughlin said. “There has been no application for a farm. If there is an application, it will be denied. Farming is permitted in most zones, but not the VC zone.”
Developer Joe Spano seems to be resigned that the property he owns at the corner of Route 33 and Millhurst Road will remain a farm, after being thwarted in numerous attempts over the last thirteen years to get an acceptable development approved by the Manalapan Township Committee. But soy beans and corn crops are not coming close to covering expenses and providing a fair return on the roughly $20 million Spano says has been invested in the property through his former company, Manalapan Retail Realty Partners, and his current company, Village at Manalapan Properties.