RAHWAY – The City of Rahway is looking to become a more environmentally sustainable community and seeks public input to help reach that goal.
Spearheaded by Rahway’s Environmental Commission, the city seeks to develop a “green” element for its Master Plan. Entitled “Green Building and Sustainability Plan Element,” this new chapter in the Master Plan would provide the blueprint for future sustainable growth in the city.
The Environmental Commission has been working on developing goals and objectives for the new Master Plan element at its October, November and December meetings. All Environmental Commission meetings are open to the public and the Commission seeks further input from any community members at its Jan. 14, 2010 meeting. The commission meets at 7 p.m. at Rahway City Hall.
As a “Transit Village,” Rahway has been very involved in planning high density, mixed-use development within walking distance of the train station. Recently, the Environmental Commission, Mayor James Kennedy and the City Council have been promoting “green” building practices in these projects. In addition, Rahway is currently conducting an energy audit of all of its public buildings.
At the same time, the city has been actively integrating its open and green space, particularly along the Rahway River into its redevelopment plans. By creating riverfront parks and pathways in the vicinity of its redeveloped neighborhoods it seeks to create a more sustainable and livable city.
Mayor James Kennedy, a strong supporter of sustainable development, said, “All of the city’s redevelopment initiatives could benefit greatly with the formal support of a ‘Green Building and Sustainability Plan Element’ in the Master Plan to guide it.”
In addition to Environmental Commission volunteers, experienced environmental consultants and planners are helping to develop the new Master Plan chapter. Once a preliminary draft element is completed it will be presented for public comment at a combined meeting of Rahway’s Planning Board and Environmental Commission.
The project is being partially funded by a special grant from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions.
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