WHY SHOULD WE BE SCARED?
- 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 stripped and turned into areas like 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 75% 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 That part has since been withdrawn but other aspects returned to the ordinance like access to Intervale Road.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?