I am writing to express my outrage that one of the few nature areas we have left is being paved over. The woods and wetlands comprising much of the D’Annunzio property in the Dismal Swamp are being bulldozed for more overdevelopment. The surrounding neighborhood along Park Avenue in South Plainfield and Edison has already seen flooding drastically increase over the past decade every time a new development is built.
The State of New Jersey recognizes this importance of the Dismal Swamp and designated the entire area as New Jersey’s newest Preservation Area. Yet the Borough of South Plainfield is going against this new law and allowing its zoning board to hear this proposal. The safety of our homes and families is in the balance, hoping that the South Plainfield leadership will finally decide to protect an entire neighborhood from the dangers of increased flooding rather than letting another politically connected developer pave over an important flood control area.
Right now Edison Wetlands is the only group doing anything to stop this overdevelopment, but citizens can make a real difference. I invite any other residents concerned about protecting this to come out to the next Zoning Board hearing at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 26 at South Plainfield Borough Hall. Families and residents speaking out is the only real hope we have to protect nature for our kids and protect our housing values from flooding and traffic.
This will be the best test yet of how committed South Plainfield’s leaders are to protecting families from flooding and other hazards.
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