Have you ever wanted to comment on a proposed new development – either pro or con – and discovered that you were too late? Or have you been so confused by the process that you didn’t even know where to start? If “Yes,” then this program is for you.
On April 20 at 7:30pm in the Hopewell Township Municipal Building auditorium, the Hopewell Valley League of Women Voters will be hosting a Public Forum to provide a primer for the development process and how residents can get involved. The Municipal Building is located at 201 Washington Crossing – Pennington Rd in Titusville.
This public forum, called “Development 101”, will provide an introduction to the Planning & Zoning process, how it affects decisions here in the Hopewell Valley, and how you can have a voice in the process. Barry Chalofsky, a professional planner and a resident of Lawrence Township, will be presenting. He will provide an overview of the Planning & Zoning process in New Jersey to help residents learn the structure that is in place in our state and the rules that govern it. Theresa Menders, Co-chair of the event said: “We are very pleased to have Mr. Chalofsky as the cornerstone of this program. He knows this material well, as he has been teaching a Rutgers course on Environmental Planning & the Development Process for many years. And as a resident of Lawrence, he also knows our area.”
A panel of municipal representatives will present a local perspective, explain which Planning/Zoning format is used in each town and discuss upcoming comment deadlines on the horizon. Participants will be: Winn Thompson (Pennington Borough Planning & Zoning Board), Peter Macholdt (Hopewell Borough Planning Board), and William Connolly (Hopewell Township Zoning Board of Adjustment).
The panelists won’t be able to answer questions about specific projects that are currently before their boards because of the rules that Chalofsky will describe, but they will provide insight into how the public can be actively engaged in changes taking place in the Valley.
For more information, contact Joann Held, President of LWVHV, at 609-737-0867 or HVLeague@gmail.com.