Sayreville property owner faces almost $100,000 fine for removing trees without a permit

Sayreville, NJ – Borough officials have taken action against a property owner by issuing a fine after determining trees were improperly removed.

A council meeting taking place on April 27 accepted the recommendation of borough attorney Michael Dupont to have the construction official to issue a $94,750 fine against Fulton’s Landing property.

DuPont received a report from the Borough Engineer following an inspection of the 158-acre property. The inspection found that approximately 250 trees were removed as the result of construction activity without a proper permit.

In 2019, the council adopted an ordinance allowing for warehouse space to be developed on the property. Intended to prevent the development of residential units on the property, the ordinance was met with concern from residents over potential contamination on the site, the impact that the proposed warehouses may have on traffic, and other safety and quality of life issues.

Resident Arthur Rittenhouse, who is the chairperson of the Sayreville Shade Tree Commission, thanked DuPont and CME Associates for their actions.

“When we allow a developer to do work without permits and without checking the permits, this is the type of thing that happens,” Rittenhouse said. “I would also [add that], in addition to the lawsuit that will be filed or the charges that will be filed, no work should be done on that site until this matter is corrected so that they don’t do things in the future such as this.”