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FYI – Final Public Hearing on State Strategic Plan – Jersey City
Thursday, Sept. 13 – 1pm presentation, 2pm public hearing
City Hall, 2nd Floor Council Chambers, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City 07302. Walkable from Grove Street PATH or accessible by car from exit 14 of New Jersey Turnpike.
For those of you following the State Strategic Plan, you may be aware that there has been a very vocal Tea Party opposition turning up at meetings and causing disruption.
Regardless of how much anyone might agree or disagree with this specific plan, it’s important for those who support good planning in general to attend these hearings, so that those who oppose any planning or sustainability measures at all are not the only voices heard.
Here’s the link to a NJSpotlight article about the last hearing in Toms River, with an audience of 80 people, mostly Tea Party anti-Agenda-21 types.
Below the fold, a few things to know about the State Strategic Plan, and why the Tea Party may be so interested.
Some salient points regarding the State Strategic Plan:
For the second bullet point, we should also consider the Tea Party’s real motivations, since many of them claim to care solely about spending less government money. One might ask these “Agenda 21” people if all of their anti-government rhetoric about regional planning infringing on property rights also applies to local large-lot zoning. Are they really against government regulation of development as a general principle? Or are they actually sorta kinda secretly in favor of a certain kind of regulation, the kind that keeps out people they don’t like?
The final public hearing for the State Strategic Plan is happening this Thursday in Jersey City. Details of when & where are at the top of this post.
If you can think of anyone who lives conveniently close to Jersey City and might be willing to attend this hearing, particularly if they might contribute to a rational dialogue and help make a case for regional planning, please forward this post to them.