On Monday night (2/13), Shelly Kennedy and Mark Terribile attended the first of six scheduled public hearings for the New Jersey Draft State Development and Redevelopment Plan in the Theater in the Campus Center building at Stockton College near Galloway, New Jersey. A variety of concerned citizens and developers spoke in opposition to the Plan. A few residents spoke in favor of it. And a contingent of environmentalists and planners were on hand to object to residents' objections.
The proceedings were carried out with no amplification, and many people with softer or higher voices struggled to be heard. The assembly, which Mark estimates at about ninety people, was respectful and gave each speaker full and quiet attention. Some of the speakers were clearly associated with Tea Parties, and others appear to have been alerted and mobilized by them. After all speakers who signed up were heard once, the official presiding attempted to shut the meeting down, but was reminded of the requirements of the New Jersey State Open Meetings Law, which requires all public comment to be heard.
Shelly and Mark captured much of the evening on video, now being uploaded to YouTube. The lack of amplification made recording the audio difficult.
Five pubic hearings remain. We encourage everybody to attend who can. This is a bad plan: bad for New Jersey, bad for the the citizen, bad for the homeowner, bad for the landowner, bad for our freedoms. Turning out in force places our opposition and our objections on the record.
And do not be afraid to tell friends, acquintances, your dry cleaner, your pizzaria owner, and all the rest. Small businesses often rely on home equity for their financing, and they may be especially aware of the effect of zoning changes on their home values. (If you want to print flyers, the PDFs may be found on our main Agenda 21 page under References and Friends.