Several residents attended tonight's council meeting and shared our thoughts on preserving Waterview as open space. THANK YOU to the many of you who were able to attend. The entire meeting was only about an hour and it was time well spent. It was also great to see some familiar faces that we haven't seen since October – a mini reunion of sorts!
By the end of public comment, our point was made. We expect our elected officials to follow through on their pledges to not only understand the tremendous negative impact of developing Waterview, but to forever preserve it as open space. We are looking to work with the township, not against it, in the effort to protect the neighborhood.
Mayor Barberio was the only one who responded to the public and he assured us that once he is able to discuss this, he will. He stated that he remembers all of the emotion and passion that brought us out in the fall and will convene the open space committee when he can. It's clear that the pending litigation has (with good reason) silenced the council on this matter.
So during this period of silence, please remember: It's the responsibility of our elected officials to represent the people; it's the responsibility of the people to hold accountable our elected officials. And that's exactly what we intend to do.
Dave Kaplan President Citizens for Health, Safety & Welfare
Big Box costs money and resources often more then it contributes. Numerous studies show such developments end up costing $3 for every $1 of tax revenue. According the the mayor's municipal budget, no tax revenue increase from the proposed waterview development is needed.
Once it becomes known Parsippany can be plundered and will allow development of this type, developers will line up to apply for the same zoning EVERYWHERE in Parsippany. It will be nearly impossible to stop once a precedence has been set. Once the word is out, Parsippany will be turned into commercial areas like East Hanover Route 10, Clifton Route 3 or Wayne/Willowbrook 46.
If you live in the area, your property value will significantly decrease. All attempts to integrate the development into the surrounding area will only mitigate an overall negative effect.
It will become 80% pavement. The first of these projects is on a 27 acre piece of land that is 100 % natural terrain, woods and wildlife with a stream and aquifers. Along with a big box store it was asking to ignore Wellhead Protection which would have allowed things such as a dry cleaner or a gas station next to the aquifer. That part has since been withdrawn but other aspects returned to the ordinance like access to Intervale Road.
Pollution in all forms. Light, noise, traffic, school overcrowding. According to ITE trip generation tool, the first project alone will generate an additional 23,000 trips a day (see page on Project Impact Study).
What's next? SPRAWL/Poor Planning/Nature Preservation? What will happen if your Planning Board or your elected representatives, the Council, seems more interested in the developers attempts to mitigate concerns then the duty of maintaining zoning laws or service to the citizens and taxpayers who reside? A nice place to grow up or live? Winner of Arbor Day Foundation Awards for Tree City?