Neighbors seek to halt construction at Allaire Community Farm

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JoAnn Burney, co-founder of Allaire Community Farm in Wall Township, stands in front of new construction at the farm. PHOTO BY TYLER SPRINGSTEEN

WALL TOWNSHIP – Strife between Allaire Community Farm and several neighboring property owners has escalated since its move to 1923 Baileys Corner Road during the summer.

Two neighboring couples have gone to court, seeking to stop construction of stables, barns and other outbuildings on the farm.

According to Capt. Gregory Carpino, Wall Township police have responded to several complaints in the ongoing dispute, some from the farm and some from its neighbors.

“We’re starting to run out of time. We have 100 animals and with the first snow, we have no place to put them,” said JoAnn Burney, who co-founded the nonprofit farm with her husband, Sean. “Their safety is being put in jeopardy by these people.”

The court filing, however, contends that the farm is violating local zoning and interfering with the neighbors’ “right to quiet enjoyment of their homes,” citing construction noise and smells from the construction.

Ground was broken for the new construction in September.

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