Richard C. Cotton is the Managing Partner of Hawk Pointe Golf Club and Asbury Farms Real Estate Development. A fourth generation area resident, Richard has spent most of his professional life land planning, serving agricultural organizations and effectuating a balance between economic development and environmental conservation in the community.
In the early 1980's, Richard worked as an independent consultant to individuals and companies in repositioning projects encouraging the placement of scarce land into preservation. In the late 1980's Richard became involved in many community organizations and was a founding member of the Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA). Also during this time, Richard worked with the South Branch Water Shed Association, creating and running the Hunterdon Heritage Land Trust. In 1992, Richard was appointed by then Governor Florio to the first Highlands Council.
Richard has evolved into a new breed of business enviropreneur who creates new and insightful ways to turn environmental problems into economical assets by promoting sound environmental strategies. Richard continues to make his environmental strides with energy, water and food. This is clearly evident with his numerous endeavors at the Hawk Pointe Community, which includes the implementation of a 1,900 panel solar array at Hawk Pointe which powers 100% of the Club's energy consumption, as well as a new 2mega watt system that will provide enough power for the commercial component of the Hawk Pointe Village. Richard's waste water management approach was to design an environmental friendly system. Treating water was a critical asset not a waste to be disposed of. A system was designed and built respecting the environment and reusing water on site. The storm water system cleans all the storm waste water on site through vegetated swales that then recycles the water to provide irrigation means to the Community at Hawk Pointe. Richard is currently working with the Warren County Economic Council and State and Local Officials to develop a community-based food system and strategies to produce, process, and market locally grown food to the many community-based food systems within the county.
Richard Cotton resides in Hunterdon County with his wife Monica, son Bryce and daughter Alayna.