Breton Woods is the forested area around Laurel Avenue, Drum Point Road, Downey Avenue, Cedar Knoll Drive, and Mayfair Court, and it represents one of last slivers of natural land in Brick, NJ.
Earlier in 2022, the Diocese of Trenton announced it was planning to sell these beautiful healthy woods for destruction by a developer. The plan was to build 59 houses on the site. This transaction threatened the 30 acres of oak-pine forest, turtles, migratory birds, and the many plants and others animals that find habitat within this valuable natural area. Local community members were concerned about the amount of traffic that would have also been added to already-overburdened roads in the area. Polluted stormwater runoff that would enter Barnegat Bay either directly or by groundwater as a result of the neighborhood’s construction was another major issue cited with the proposal.
The news comes as a triumph in the fight against imprudent overdevelopment in the Shore region, which has cascading negative effects on stormwater runoff, the survival of native plant and animal species, and quality of life for local residents.
Breton Woods will come under the fold of the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust, which has preserved roughly 25,000 acres of permanent open space since its inception in 1997. The roughly thirty acres will be divided into about twenty-four acres left as undeveloped woods and owned by Ocean County. The six remaining acres will be owned by the Township of Brick and converted into a low-key children’s park, a small parking lot, and a real entrance to the Osbornville School intended to relieve traffic at the intersection of Laurel Avenue and Drum Point Road.
Save Barnegat Bay is extremely grateful to all who have helped make this project happen, including the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust; the Ocean County Commissioners; Brick Township Mayor John Ducey; the Brick Township Council; the Brick Township Planning Board; the attorney representing Save Barnegat Bay, Stuart Lieberman of Lieberman of Belcher and Sinkevich; civil engineer Geoff Goll of Princeton Hydro; and planner Carlos Rodriguez of Design Solutions for a Crowded Planet.
Most of all, we are grateful to the primary movers of this project, the dedicated and indefatigable citizens of the neighborhoods surrounding Breton Woods. Thank you!
In the News
- Asbury Park Press – June 21, 2022
- The Patch – April 18, 2022
- Asbury Park Press – March 22, 2022
- The Patch – March 18, 2022
- The Patch – March 22, 2022
- Jersey Shore Online – March 10, 2022
- CBS News – February 22, 2022
- Asbury Park Press – February 14, 2022
- Acquisition Announcement: January 26, 2023 – Asbury Park Press (Access the PDF Here)