Since the Daily News doesn’t want to give you any ‘real’ information you can use, here is a short report from last night’s ZBA meeting. Please note that being a concerned citizen may involve a sore bum on a hard seat and waiting around while other projects get chewed upon. My advice is to bring reading material or if you’re an expert doodler, work on some potential art form; whatever works to keep the mind sharp when the time comes.
The discussion on the Toppan’s Lane property started at 9:45 and went on until 11:00!
Hospital is basically scratching their heads and wondering why they were not approached about a major development next door and is in negotiations with the lawyers to make some kind of accommodation. One of the accommodations would be an access road not off of Toppan’s Lane.
In lieu of this, Northbridge Communities, LLC must do a traffic study for Toppan’s and also show how this will affect the water/sewer capacity for the area around the street.
This of course is simply a stalling tactic – the congestion from the High School and the Stadiums is always bad and any access road contributing to the mix would be hardly noticed!
If it gives more time for common sense to take effect and more time to save 26 Toppan’s Lane – Hey, I’ll take it.
The new hearing will be June 26th.
PS. A special thank you for those who sacrificed their precious time to attend the meeting.
Note: I would be derelict if I did not mention that the field is open space that has been used in the past by our local farms. But I am an advocate for cluster zoning where congestion is concentrated so that other areas can be left open. Areas that are flood-plains like the Common Pasture, precious farmlands and the wildlife intense forested areas of the Upper Little River Basin. I won’t even get into the importance of the watershed and how it affects the Great Marsh, etc. Higher density along the City’s spine(see comment below) is well worth it to save other, more sensitive open space.