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There's an old saying that if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Our response to the Wayne Master Plan Revision.


Fair Lawn Promenade

In addition the Fair Lawn Promenade is located within easy walking distance of parks, and two old town centers with traditional restaurants and retail stores, rather than the chain stores prevalent in malls. In the case of NJ Transit's Mountain View parking facilities not only do commuters pay to park but the parking lots fill up completely, so commuters have been forced to get there earlier and earlier just to be assured that they can actually park there.

These proposed developments will make parking a lot worse. Oh, and did I mention that the parking lot floods?

Look at the proposal for the State Farm property. Four story or higher apartment buildings, stuck behind a glorified strip mall, that back up to some Packanack homeowner’s back yard. And according to the administration this is supposed to attract the 25 to 34 year old demographic, which they say Wayne desperately needs, to occupy what are described as expensive luxury apartments. Interestingly, this age group has an 11% higher unemployment rate than any other and, in spite of the construction of the four town centers touted by the administration as magnets for this demographic, according to the 2010 census, Wayne already has more 25 to 34 year old than any of the other four towns.

If they want to attract that demographic how about changing the Lakeside Bars zoning to allow for live music and let them turn it into a dance club. That is, of course not a serious suggestion, but it makes the point about the absurdity of chasing after any age group through zoning changes, which is a lesson that evidently hasn’t been learned from other towns sad experience with Senior Housing. With only 3% of Wayne now zoned for commercial properties, the prudent path is not to panic and sacrifice more of our scarce commercial acreage in a futile chase for residential ratable that never works. We need to recognize that planning must be reasonable and focus on the future. Wayne is a mature community, the consensus best town in Passaic County and does not need this type of radical, short sighted and, quite frankly, detrimental zoning changes.

Note: The information contained above has been taken from sources on the internet such as the US Census, town websites and NJ Transit.