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Impeach the Planning Board, Says Waterview Development Opponent

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At Monday's Planning Board meeting, the board was supposed to cross-examine the developers' plan through his representative. None of that happened. In fact, the model of the proposed development was not there as it had been at the previous meeting.

Wanting to challenge and demonstrate the ambiguities that existed in the developers' EcoScience report regarding their claims about Waterview's wetlands and wetlands transition zones was impossible. The developer swears by this "science report" and apparently the Planning Board has swallowed the bait.

Last night we discovered that because the property has not been developed some injustice is being done. On these grounds they opted  to support the developer over the community.

Asking the people to consider the developer's rights and RD Realty's constant attempts to be successful with its private interest is not right. The Planning Board ignores the fact that this development is not in keeping with state of New Jersey's Smart Development Criteria. The members also refuse to realize the importance of the wetlands issue. They side with the developer that says no wetlands exist on or near enough to the site to warrant any attention; that no short-term impacts will occur.

This is impossible! The very EcoScience report they claim gives them the green light should set off alarms telling them to recognize the wetlands issue. The board is allowing an unnecessary, undesirable infliction on the community's quality of life and undermining state laws and criteria established so that helter-skelter type sprawl doesn't happen. Instead we have a Planning Board that chooses automobiles over people, big developers over communities' sense of place.

There is no room for compromise: The balance has long been tipped in the wrong direction. This development should not go forward. Waterview needs an new zoning assessment to have the mature upland forest community exist in our community. No hurry, let's see if we can re-zone and have a community purchase of the property. The real "worth" is the forest.

The Planning Board should be impeached because of not following Smart Development principals, ignoring wetlands laws and regulations. The members do not realize that we are in an environmental crisis. They won't openly admit that something is wrong.

Just because no development has ever existed on that property doesn't make it a sin. No, the sin is with us.

Nicholas Homyak
Lake Hiawatha 

Michael Brancato February 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM
impeach, v.: 1. a : to bring an accusation against b : to charge with a crime or misdemeanor; specifically : to charge (a public official) before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office c : to remove from office especially for misconduct http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impeach Do you have proof of illegal activity by the planning board, or are you using this word wrong? Remember, incompetence is not misconduct, and just because you disagree with them does not make their actions illegal. Please don't think this means I disagree about Waterview, but impeachment is a very serious thing and the word is so often thrown around when people have no idea what it actually means.
Harland February 13, 2013 at 01:13 PM
I agree with Michael. I don't think that "impeach" is the right word here. However, I do think that the Planning Board failed in their responsibilities while reviewing this application. As I attended the meetings and observed the panel of mostly speechless, detached Planning Board members, I wondered what qualifications a person must meet in order to be a Planning Board member. Do Planning Board members need to have a specific background or training? Is there any vetting done, or are they simply selected by the Mayor? The decisions made by this Board are too important to be left in the hands of individuals who are not qualified for these positions.
Nicholas Robert Homyak February 14, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Impeach was used to muster attention; but yes if the board is ignoring State Criteria, Smart development and ignoring Wetlands laws and regulations; is allowing a development that is unnecessary and undesired; yes, this may very well be enough for impeachment. This land was zoned long ago and the world has changed for the worse since, so should we help it deteriorate more? Parsippany can not even maintain what is has now; just imagine the additional trash and litter alone from this development. The zoning board is not impartial their belief in "progress" is alarming. You can no longer believe in Pride in Parsippany and be for more unneeded development.You should not hold public office if you do not believe in the purpose of good government but rather favor private interest. They have a problem with the land being undeveloped; a clear demonstration of their being pro-developer. How about trees and other aesthetic natural gifts of life;" wisteria" a plant found on the site supports the Monarch butterfly in its migrations There must be many song birds that call this forest system home. Are there any Ecologist or Natural Science people on the Planning Board? Think not.
Stephanie February 16, 2013 at 06:56 PM
How can we find out more about this committee, their qualifications, etc.?

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