Planning board should safeguard the natural environment on the Princeton Ridge

As I sit today watching the snowfall onto Princeton Ridge, I am reminded how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful and natural area of New Jersey. We chose to move to the Princeton Ridge about a year ago because of its beautiful natural wooded environment, the dark skies for ideal stargazing, and the ability to have some land. It had the natural elements and stability that we were looking for.

We enjoy pointing our spotting scope towards the moon and being able to see many craters. It’s also wonderful to see the red fox, and many beautiful deer. One of our favorite activities is to sit under the stars in the evening around our fire pit – enjoying time together and looking to the heavens. We have come to believe that Princeton has it all…beautiful natural places like this…and a wonderful hustling bustling town for those who prefer to be closer to it all.  

We were recently informed that our neighbor, the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, would like to light approximately 1.4 Million Lumens of light directly across the street from our property year-round until 9:30 pm at night as part of a plan to build one of Princeton’s largest outdoor lit sports complexes, with 12 light towers overall.  

This would absolutely destroy the natural environment on the Princeton Ridge.

I hope that the planning board will seriously consider the extreme nature of the proposed light pollution on the surrounding Princeton Ridge community and deny this application.

Darryl Jones
The Great Road


  1. I am a neighbor of Darryl and share the quiet, dark nights he describes. The proposal of the commercial soccer enterprise to build a well-lit, noisy sports complex just across the street is appalling.

    Lincoln Hollister

  2. The school is zoned as a R4 residential property that prohibits a land lease to a for-profit entity. This is akin to your neighbor trying to open a 7-11 in your residentially-zoned neighborhood.
    When questioned how the for-profit PSA, who will have exclusive rights to the fields, can legally lease the property, the PASH lawyer indicated that PSA has applied for a parallel shell company with non-profit status. This scam non-profit has no assets or operations. Their sole existence is to circumvent zoning laws in Princeton. Last week, PASH amended their contract with PSA to show that they are leasing the land to the newly-formed “non-profit” PSA shell company, not the for-profit PSA that they’ve been partnering with on this athletic complex for years and the PSA that has been in existence since 1975. It is shameful and duplicitous. If interested in lending your voice in opposition of corruption and devious tactics in the name of profits, we’d love to have you on Thursday’s call. Thursday Feb, 4. 7:30pm

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  3. We share Darryl’s view. We too enjoy star gazing in the evening and early night. This activity will be devastated by the banks of lights to be used for this money making operation that is trying to circumvent paying taxes to the detriment of local taxpayers’ enjoyment of our homes and properties.

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