Friday, March 11, 2005

Strausser idea better than sliced bread,yessirree

Strausser's "Village Center" debuted unexpectedly at the PC meeting along with their reason for coming, to obtain a conditional use approval for a recreational facility. Gosh, the ex-mayor was in his full glory, slide show and everything. He certainly did a resounding job in Easton during his tenure. Why shouldn't we go with him now? Golly, he's going to move people with DISPOSABLE INCOME into " new urbanism" apartments (overtop quaint shoppes). Something us locals know nothing about. I sure am glad he came up the hill to educate us. Gee Whiz, there's just a couple a changes the PC/BoS would hafta make to the Cr district; like allowing skyscrapers(max 2 1/2 story residences now), allowing retail shoppes and apartments (a no-no now), allowing just a little bit HIGHER DENSITY (would rival Easton). Also, do parking lots qualify as open space (35% open space in CR performance)? I'm glad they came with an open mind.

6 comments:

Townshipper said...

Rufus... good points. Of course "waivers" happen.

There must be a billboard in Easton somewhere that reads RUBES R US and has a map showing the way to Forks Township.

Rufus Leakin said...

I think they had some "waivers" over in Indonesia a short while back. They didn't turn out so good. However, if your are suggesting that Forks might need a Navy to combat insurgents and the like I'm all for that, especially during Shad season.

myopinion said...

I was intrigued with all of the things being said on this site so I attended the meeting last night and was pleasantly surprised. The presentation was exceptional, the concept a delightful change to what we have in the township and found many in the audience to be just too closed minded to be able to appreciate good planning. Although I feel it very important to allow people to not only have their own opinion but also be allowed to express it, I believe it is equally important to respect others opinions. The character assassination of the developer's representative is childish. He also said they were open to public and staff input and if it was something the Township did not want they would drop the idea. Very few developers I've seen in the Township have approached a development in that way. As a footnote, I love the golf course, think the Riverview community is great and look forward to future development in that area.

myopinion said...

I was intrigued with all of the things being said on this site so I attended the meeting last night and was pleasantly surprised. The presentation was exceptional, the concept a delightful change to what we have in the township and found many in the audience to be just too closed minded to be able to appreciate good planning. Although I feel it very important to allow people to not only have their own opinion but also be allowed to express it, I believe it is equally important to respect others opinions. The character assassination of the developer's representative is childish. He also said they were open to public and staff input and if it was something the Township did not want they would drop the idea. Very few developers I've seen in the Township have approached a development in that way. As a footnote, I love the golf course, think the Riverview community is great and look forward to future development in that area.

Rufus Leakin said...

"myopinion",Let's keep our eye on the ball. 32-40 notices were sent to local property owners. Not many considering the magnitude of the proposal. Although not required, notices to all Forks residents would be more appropriate. To date,the people have been accused of being; unable to understand good development,close minded and negative. These are not terms which bring warmth to the hearts of long time residents. In fact, they are public assassinations. Enough said, let's take a look at the causes of such mudslinging.The developer came before the PC/BoS with the premise to be looking for a conditional use variance for a recreation center. A very acceptable proposition. In Forks when it comes to recreation and parks,"The bigger the better." How about a baseball diamond too? However, the "village center", your idea of "good planning", is as dence as downtown Easton. It even has potential of looking like it if the "quaint shoppes" FAIL. Further, the proposal presumes in many ways that our current zoning laws are just so much ink on a piece of paper. So you say, Forks township must want another cookie-cutter development. The answer to that is a definite "NO". Alas, it is what we are stuck with 9 times out 10. Our Zoning Laws need to be strengthened. Let me finish by saying, if the developer's rep wants to take an extra shot at that water hole he can put the stroke on my card.

Big Red said...

"myopinion"...A delightful change to one person could mean a tragic change to another. While you find this vast new community exceptional, others, myself included, find it repulsive. These are two different types of opinions, and as you said, “Although I feel it very important to allow people to not only have their own opinion but also be allowed to express it, I believe it is equally important to respect others opinions.” But “myopinion,” I do not believe that you hold true to your word. You refer to the opinion of those in opposition of your beliefs as “close-minded.” We are not trying to assassinate your view, but only to reassert our own. We are not being childish by fighting for what we believe in, and you should certainly not call our pursuit that if you would like us to respect your own. We are the residents of Forks Township, and as you said we have a right to give input about our feelings on the plans. This is our home, and we are encouraging a plan that we believe to be best, which in this case, is not the same as the plan that you follow. We have seen the plans that the developer proposes, and have justly made our own opinions. Just because they differ from your own does not mean that our views are foolish or insular.