Since 2002, developer Caliber Builders has been working to gain approval for a new residential community on a 12-acre patch of woods near Hillsdale, N.J. The plan was to subdivide the wooded parcel, a former fruit orchard, and build single-family homes, and it sparked a years-long fight from neighbors of the proposed development.

The dispute, which reached all the way to the state Supreme Court, reached a resolution earlier this year when the local planning board finally approved Caliber's application and the company began building earlier this summer. Residents are having a tough time saying goodbye to the bucolic site, reports NJ.com.

For those who waged the fight against Caliber, the loss hurts. Lori Charkey, director of the Bergen Save the Watershed Action Network, attended planning board meetings to say the development would increase sediment runoff into the Musquapsink, which feeds the Oradell Reservoir via the Pascack Brook.

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