Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Talk to us: Patch wants to hear your take on the issues of the day.
Wednesday, May 15
You may be thinking, "Hey, Parsippany is a big town! I don't care if 26.6 acres of woods are knocked down to put in a Whole Foods, a big box retailer, 65 three-story townhouses, a strip mall and 1,100 parking spaces. After all, the area known as Waterview, where Route 46 meets Intervale Road, is several miles from my house." Well, maybe you do mind: Are you concerned about overcrowding in our schools? The children from these townhouses won't all neccessarily go to Intervale School. They will be farmed out to all Parsippany schools to average out class sizes, which are already maxed out. These large class sizes are with recent additions to several of our schools. So don't plan on seeing more additions being built anytime soon. Property …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Citizens for Health, Safety & Welfare hosted multi-town Morris County event.
A dip in Mountain Lake provided fun for attendees of a nonprofit organization's fundraising event to stop a proposed plan to develop 26.6 acres of Parsippany's Waterview tract and develop a retail-residential complex including a Whole Foods Market and a townhouse community. The Jump in the Lake fundraiser was appropriately named: Many participants leapt into the water at a cost of $30 to raise funds for CHSW's mission to stop the project planned by developer RD Realty. The group, Citizens for Health, Safety and Welfare, which includes citizens from towns including Parsippany, Mountain Lakes and Boonton, is calling the event a great achievement, according to President David Kaplan. "The day was a tremendous success by all accounts," Kaplan…
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The group, formerly known as Don't Rezone Waterview, is raising funds for its fight against the development project that include Whole Foods Market and a townhome community.
Residents standing in opposition to the proposed plan for RD Realty to erect a mixed-use retail and residential complex on 26.6 acres of the Waterview tract are taking the next step in their fight. In order to cover the cost of lawyers and experts to argue its case before the Township Council, nonprofit grassroots group Citizens for Health, Safety and Welfare will hold a fundraiser April 28. The group, formerly known as Don't Rezone Waterview, is inviting community members to take part in its “Jump in the Lake!” event on Sunday, April 28, from noon-4 p.m. The fundraiser will take place at Island Beach, on the Boulevard in Mountain Lakes. According to a group statement, the event offers a number of ways for residents to participate. People…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Share your opinions on topical issues.
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, …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
What do you think?
The following is an open letter to Parsippany's Township Council from David Kaplan, president of a nonprofit citizens group standing in opposition to developer RD Realty's plan to construct a retail and residential complex including Whole Foods Market, a big-box retailer and a 60-unit townhouse community on 26.6 now-undeveloped acres on Waterview Plaza. On behalf of Citizens For Health, Safety, and Welfare, I am writing to let you know that we believe the Town Council did the right thing by tabling the draft overlay rezoning ordinance. You recognized the need to further investigate all of the available options in order to ensure that [any development gives] true benefits to the residents. We appreciate that you didn’t rush to judgment, …
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 …
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, March 13, 2013
Development foes made their views heard, but did not appear in numbers enough to shut meeting down.
The sight of police cars outside of Town Hall as people gathered for Tuesday's Parsippany Township Council agenda meeting gave many cause for concern. A host of members of Citizens for Health, Safety and Welfare (formerly Don't Rezone Waterview) filed into the municipal building with the expectation that the controversial proposal regarding putting a mixed-use retail and residential complex on 26.6 currently undeveloped acres of Waterview Plaza might be discussed. And some hoped, as had happened during a January Planning Board hearing on the matter, that enough people opposed to the project might attend that the building's fire capacity limit—188 people—might be surpassed, forcing a shutdown of the meeting. That did not happen. Only about…
Monday, March 11, 2013
A special session of the governing body is completed in a flash.
The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council will take five upcoming meetings on the road, following its vote on a resolution at Town Hall Monday night. At a hastily arranged special meeting, the body convened, held a flag salute, voted on the resolution and adjourned—all in less than 10 minutes. The attached video offers a view of the substance of the meeting, which was about 30 seconds in length. The Patch clip shows the point of the gathering: The council voted to hold its March 19 business meeting at Parsippany Hills High School and its April 9, April 16, May 7 and May 14 sessions at Parsippany High School. All will begin at the regular 7:30 p.m. start time, according to the clerk's office. The purpose of the venue change is to avoid …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The group, now a nonprofit called Citizens for Health, Safety and Welfare, is targeting Council to stop development proposal.
There's a new name and an expanded fight for the citizen's group opposed to the proposed plan to put a mixed-use development on Waterview Plaza including a Whole Foods Market, a big box retailer and a townhome community. Don't Rezone Waterview is now known as Citizens for Health, Safety and Welfare. President David Kaplan said the onetime grassroots effort involving citizens of Parsippany and Mountain Lakes is gearing up for a renewed fight now that the Planning Board passed the issue along to the Township Council for consideration. "We went from Don't Rezone Watervew, which was a grassroots, loosely organized effort to a more formal organization," he said, adding that the group is amassing firepower to allow them to stand toe to toe with …