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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Plainfield to present on TOD at Raritan Valley Coalition Monday

Westfield's Town Hall faces Mindowaskin Park.
Plainfield's Director of Planning, Bill Nierstedt, will be the presenter at Monday morning's meeting of the Raritan Valley Coalition at the Westfield Town Hall.

Nierstedt will be discussing Plainfield's recent ordinances designating two 'transit-oriented development' district (TODs), Downtown and Netherwood. The designations of the areas around Plainfield's two train stations has implications for redevelopment and economic revitalization in neighborhoods adjacent to transit hubs and stations.

The Raritan Valley Coalition is an alliance of communities along NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line, running from Roselle Park to High Bridge, and has advocated for improvements to the line's infrastructure, train schedules and parking issues, as well as a 'one-seat ride' into New York City on Raritan Valley Line trains. Current thinking is to use dual-powered trains that can operate both on diesel and overhead electric power.

Plainfield has been a participant in the Raritan Valley Coalition since it was originally founded more than fifteen years ago, under the leadership of longtime Somerset County freeholder Peter Palmer. Under the late mayor Al McWilliams, Plainfield played an active role in the Coalition and was a regular host of its meetings. Under the administration of incumbent Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs Plainfield's participation has been far less prominent, though technically Plainfield has continued its membership.

Raritan Valley Coalition meetings are free and open to the interested public. The meeting on Monday, June 10, will begin at 8:30 AM sharp; meetings are usually about an hour long.

The Westfield Town Hall is located at 425 East Broad Street. Parking is available at the Town Hall or along Park Drive in Mindowaskin Park.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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