Community action has never been so much fun. Lakers joined in to take part in the first “Jump in the Lake!” event on Sunday, April 28 at Island Beach, Mountain Lakes.
The brisk event is a benefit to help preserve the quality of life in our community organized by the Citizens for Health, Safety & Welfare (formerly Don’t Rezone Waterview) in partnership with the New Jersey Highlands Coalition. Proceeds will go towards funding research and hiring professional experts to address the community’s concerns regarding the proposed development at Waterview.
Before or after the splash, the guests enjoyed music, food, vendors and entertainment for the entire family. Prizes were awarded to the craziest outfits; largest sports, business or neighborhood teams; and biggest fundraisers. The Grand Prize for the top fundraiser is a hot air balloon ride for two donated by A Beautiful Balloon.
Citizens for Health, Safety & Welfare (C4HSW), formerly known as “Don’t Rezone Waterview,” has been extremely active in the past couple of months and has established a very well-oiled, highly sophisticated organization to respond to the Waterview development plan. I am sending you this note to keep you up to date about our activities.
C4HSW is a New Jersey non-profit organization with three trustees, a 9-person board of directors (president, vice presidents, secretary, treasurer), with no official “membership.” Our organization is comprised of hundreds of supporters. The Waterview Rezoning Proposal had its first hearing before the Parsippany Planning Board in October, 2012. Almost no one attended since it was not well-understood or publicized. At the next meeting in December, enough residents showed up (roughly 180) to shut down the meeting since the venue was filled over its capacity. The word started to get out about Waterview in time for the next meeting that was rescheduled at the Parsippany High School. Roughly 600 angry residents showed up for that meeting. By late December, 2012, a small, loosely knit group of concerned citizens had banded together to create “Don’t Rezone Waterview” (ultimately renamed C4HSW). In, February 2013, the Planning Board made its recommendation to the Parsippany Council in favor of rezoning Waterview. The Waterview property is currently zoned POD for office buildings only. The Planning Board followed the developer’s recommendation that the property be rezoned to include zoning for mixed residential and commercial. By February, 2013, C4HSW had organized sufficiently to hire an attorney and one expert to represent the interests of the hundreds of residents who had shown up to these meetings and were denied to opportunity to present any evidence in opposition to the developer’s case. The recommendation to rezone Waterview was then sent to the Council, where it currently awaits a decision. At the last Council meeting, on March 19, 2013, the Parsippany Planner presented his version of the Ordinance to Rezone Waterview. Strangely, this version included an entrance onto Intervale Road, owned by Mountain Lakes, which had been voluntarily removed in the Planning Board stage by the developer.
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