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Controversial Waterview Development Decision Delayed

Parsippany Town Council public hearing draws hundreds, to be continued on Oct. 1.

A couple hundred people filed into the Parsippany Hills High School Auditorium Tuesday night for the council meeting's discussion, presentation, public hearing and vote on the controversial ordinance, which rezones a tract of land in the Waterview complex


However, it was made clear that the public hearing would close at 10:30 p.m. and if there were still people who wanted to speak, the issue would be postponed until the Oct. 1 meeting; and that's what happened after about 30 people spoke, most against the rezoning ordinance.

The public hearing will be continued at the next council meeting, which will take place at Parsippany Hills HS at 7 p.m. 

At Tuesday night's meeting, there were presentations from:

Ed Snieckus, of Burgis Associates, Inc., on the inconsistencies/consistencies of the proposal with the township's master plan. In summary, he said that the proposed overlay can be found to effectuate several objectives of the Master Plan.

Gordon Meth, director of traffic engineering with the RBA Group, Inc., on the traffic impacts. Ultimately, he said that “Overall the traffic impacts are wide-ranged, large scale, really non-existent."

Joseph Burgis, Principal of Burgis Associates, on the fiscal impacts. In his presentation, he said that the estimated annual tax revenues would total $1,137,259, the total per capita retail trade expenditure would be $1.47 million and total site development fees would be $1.4 million. 

Check back with Patch for more on the presentations, reactions from the council and the public.
Pearl200 September 18, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Uh no. I have no idea who they are.
Stan L September 18, 2013 at 04:25 PM
I also support this project and Mayor Barberio- like most people in Parsippany http://goo.gl/4oNf4M
Parsippany Taxpayer September 22, 2013 at 07:47 PM
With RDR set to make $15-30MM minimal for this travesty of a project that adversely impacts all of Parsipppany residents it is no wonder that folks that work for RDR set up alias user names to comment on here to make comments supporting this project. 95% of the people at the meeting were against this project... The 5% for this project were local union folks trying to make a quick buck on the short term commercial project (most of the construction will go to outside Parsippany temp workers). Also it is ashamed at how much incentives RDR is providing to the mayor and town council to support this project and hand pick "Biased and controversial, limited one-side biased analysis of this project). On a positive note they will need to create 20+ part time retail jobs to replace the revenues that they are currently getting from my wife and I as when we leave they will lose quite a bit of local tax revenue, local business support and will have some additions to the school system count to factor in those bogus reports... We will not sit in the extra traffic nor 3 years of construction traffic while our housing price falls and our taxes continue to go up... Shame on all the elected officials that aren't doing right by the taxpayers -- especially this mayor who claims to be the kid who grew up here all his life and is selling out his town to RDR and other development projects that are inconsistent with the matter plans... Guess he learned well from 2+ decades of developer corruption on how to play the game of running the town into the ground...
Parsippany Taxpayer September 22, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Parsippany -- The Great Place to Pave.... Or Just another Dover in the making.... Definitely going to Lose the Motto a Great Place to Live after all this crazy approvals despite the master plan in place to elminate set backs, re-zone existing properties that have good balance in a town that already has major traffic issues.

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