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Friday, March 14, 2014

Four boards in joint public meeting Saturday AM

A unique opportunity to overview the work and prospects for
four of Plainfield's key boards and commissions.

In an unprecedented move, four of Plainfield's most important boards and commissions will hold a joint public meeting on Saturday morning to discuss their inter-related roles and common concerns. The public is welcome and will have opportunities to comment and ask questions. No formal business will be transacted.

The four groups are the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Shade Tree Commission. Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp will speak briefly to attendees, as will the city's new Deputy City Administrator for Economic Development, Carlos Sanchez.

With Planning Board chair Ron Scott Bey acting as moderator and Planning Director and Zoning Officer Bill Nierstedt as principal resource person, the combined groups will cover the following --

  • 2009 Master Plan
  • Zoning map and ordinances, including Transit-Oriented Development areas;
  • Capital improvements and roads programs;
  • Muhlenberg Hospital status and public hearings;
  • Downtown Traffic and Planning Study; and
  • Redevelopment planning.
Time will also be set aside to brainstorm ways for the boards to provide mutual support, communication and consistency, as well as future planning and zoning initiatives.9:00 AM to Noon on Saturday at the City Hall Library. It's an ambitious schedule, but should be well worth your while if you are interested in Plainfield's future development.

The notice does not mention refreshments, so be sure to eat breakfast before going. And don't dally -- with all those commissioners, there will hardly be any room for the public to sit.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Siddeeq El-Amin said...

With a meeting of this caliber, it should have been held in the Plainfield Library. There will not be enough seating for the public in the City Hall Library.