The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division on Aug. 20 reversed a trial judge’s ruling that would have allowed the town of Readington to take 625 acres of land surrounding the public-use, privately owned Solberg-Hunterdon Airport.
According to a story at AOPA.org, the Solberg family, which owns the airport, has been at odds with the town for years over the airport’s future. The story notes:
The family wants to retain the ability to expand the current 3,735-foot runway to enhance safety; the town objects to an expansion and claims that it wants to preserve “open space” by taking the land through eminent domain. Such a move ultimately would have limited the airport’s growth.
“The Solberg family’s perseverance paid off,” said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of local airport advocacy. “Their commitment to the airport, despite political pressures from the town, is why this ruling is the beginning of what could be a thriving airport.”