Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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Wednesday, April 3
At the last “township” meeting concerning the threat of the proposed Waterview development, a paper dated March 18, 2013, and addressed to John P. Inglesino, the township attorney, was made privy to the public. The letter came from law firm Bisgaier Hoff LLC on behalf of developer RD Realty. This correspondence is quite revealing and stands as circumstantial proof of a consortium existing between the developer and the present township administration. It perhaps demonstrates a similar relationship between the township and the owner of the property, Belle Meade Development Corporation. From the letter: The owner of the Property is Belle Meade. Belle Meade has made a final decision to sell the Property, and in furtherance thereof, has entered…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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Tuesday, March 26
I recently received a letter in my mailbox from Councilman Paul Carifi Jr., who is running for mayor in Parsippany. In his letter, Mr. Carifi strongly opposes the Waterview Plaza plan, which will tear down 26.6 acres of woods, that are filled with wildlife and a historic cemetery. The area borders Route 46 to the south and Intervale Road to the west. What will replace these woods? A Whole Foods Market, a big-box retailer, a strip mall with 1,100 parking spaces and 65 three-story townhouses. How will this development affect you? Area property values will likely drop, resulting in higher taxes for all Parsippany residents. Thousands of additional cars daily will be added to current Route 46 traffic. You'll also get more air pollution, …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Tell us your views on the issues.
Another aspect of the new "Waterview Threat" is that no environmental impact statement will be forthcoming until after the zoning ordinance is passed. The Parsippany Planning Board and the developer are playing games. Did not the developer at the February meeting present an overlay map? This map, although showing no contours as regulation would require, gave quite an impression as to the impacts that would be suffered. The block lot which contains slopes of 380 to 360 feet down to 320 feet closer to Route 46 have various steep percentages. For example, at the meeting that night the developer should have shown the block lot in "topographic map form showing existing contours at two-foot intervals." Areas clearly identified showing the …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Tuesday, March 19
Parsipanny is part of the Highlands Watershed; geographically we are in the transition zone of the Highlands and the Piedmont physiographic provinces. Living in this region of topography brings certain responsibilities; thanks to organization like NJ Highlands Coalition we are aware of this unique place to live. Our future as a people and a state of the union has been entrusted to the health of our water resources. Therefore the Highlands Coalition through hard work has legislation has certain protections to our water resources in the nature of a Regional Master Plan of which Parsipanny plays a part. It reads: “The water resource protection goals for the Preservation and Planning areas are the same. In the Preservation Area, the goals are …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
We'd like to hear your opinions too.
All things in life have limits; not knowing when these limits have been reached will be detrimental to any way of life. A community’s quality will be offset by a quantity of some imbalance. In Parsippany's case, imbalance is caused by overdevelopment and development for the sake of no necessary or desirable need. Imbalance can also result from a property owner who wishes to maximize his profits through a developer who is not the least concerned with the fact that the town has many properties already developed and abandoned landscapes already converted from earth to impervious surface, from organic life to dead inorganic space. Why spread the disease of sprawl with its negative results, more traffic, more air pollution, more noise, more …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
An ambitious plan for an upscale mixed-use development is backed by town leaders, but not by those who would live near it.
About 50 Intervale area residents greeted the Parsippany Planning Board Monday night to hear testimony on a plan to bring Whole Foods Market to town—and to speak out against it. Many in the township cheered in late July, when Whole Foods announced that it would open a new branch of the upscale, natural-foods supermarket in Parsippany . But when word came that the deal would involve putting up a new 26-acre development on Waterview Plaza on Route 46 across from the Parsippany Police headquarters, residents of the Intervale area cried foul. The developer's idea is to construct a mixed-use facility that would include the high-end supermarket, other retailers and a residential component featuring 72 upscale three-story townhouses. The land …