[NOTE: At the Jan. 8 meeting, both applicants asked for their hearings to be moved to Tuesday, Jan. 15, since a full Planning Board was not able to hear the proposals. They have been moved to a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7:00 p.m. The date and time below have been edited to reflect the new meeting.]
On Tuesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. in the Bloomfield Municipal Building Council Chambers, the Planning Board will be considering at least two projects of interest to Greener Bloomfield friends. We hope you’ll attend to comment on these projects.
In one, Bloomfield College is proposing an attractive new bookstore run by Barnes and Noble. Rumor has it that they will be seeking LEED Silver certification! We’re also hoping that the bookstore will be welcoming to the public with a retail front end — especially as there are no other bookstores in Bloomfield! We hope you’ll encourage them in their sustainable development and providing a compelling retail destination for our residents and neighbors.
The second issue is more troublesome, where the developer of the Lion’s Gate property. Many have concerns that the residential development will cause more overcrowding at schools that are already using trailers. In addition, the developer appears to ask that the Planning Board grant them the right to modify their plans without any additional notice or approval, which could be a terrible precedent. The group Save Bloomfield Now posts the following:
Please attend the Bloomfield Planning Board meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM to protect our rights to oversee development in our town!
The attorney for the developer of the former Scientific Glass property on Lion Gate Drive (off Broad St) will be appearing before the board seeking a blank check to allow unfettered latitude to make any changes they want to the approved development of 104 townhouses without having to come back to the Planning Board for approval of those changes.
In their own words (from the public notice that was hand-delivered to residents in a 200 foot radius):
“The applicant also requests that the Board grant any additional approvals, permits, interpretations, waivers or exceptions reflected in the materials filed (as same may be amended or revised from time to time without further notice) or determined to be necessary during the review and processing of this application.”
Save Bloomfield Now is concerned that the Planning Board may be pressured into giving in to this demand by the developer, and we ask residents to attend the meeting to show their support for our Planning Board and the important role they play in guiding development in our town within the boundaries of the law.
Show (and tell) the Planning Board that we want them to decide what is right for our town, not the developer!
(Did you know? Our Planning Board is comprised of Bloomfield residents who volunteer countless hours to fulfill this vital function of local government.)