Com­mis­sion­ers should re­think tim­ing of hear­ing on de­vel­op­ment plans

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To the Ed­i­tor:

The com­mis­sion­ers in Abington just voted 12-3 against the wishes and in­ter­ests of their con­stituents to have one of the most im­por­tant hear­ings af­fect­ing zon­ing in our town­ship heard on Dec. 18 — lit­er­ally one week from Christ­mas, a time when a huge num­ber of Abington res­i­dents will be un­able to at­tend be­cause of the al­ready over­whelm­ing bur­dens that the hol­i­day sea­son be­stows upon work­ing fam­i­lies .

This leg­is­la­tion re­gard­ing the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment by BET In­vest­ments Inc. on the YMCA prop­erty in Abington is go­ing to set a prece­dent for over-de­vel­op­ment un­like any­thing we have seen.

In ad­di­tion to this slap in the face to their con­stituents, the com­mis­sion­ers agreed to al­low the devel­oper to present his con­di­tional use hear­ing at the same time so they would not have to be both­ered with hear­ing “sim­i­lar tes­ti­mony.” The res­i­dents scarcely un­der­stand what is be­ing done here be­cause their com­mis­sion­ers have not ex­plained these nu­ances. The same devel­oper was caught try­ing to elim­i­nate the right of the res­i­dents to have a con­di­tional use hear­ing at all in Up­per Dublin, ac­cord­ing to news re­ports. He is, ef­fec­tively, try­ing to limit the com­ments and the rights of the res­i­dents here — and is do­ing so with the bless­ing of the com­mis­sion­ers, all but three who only voted no be­cause of the date be­ing at the hol­i­day.

Please look up R.O.A.R.Z. (Res­i­dents of Abington for Re­spon­si­ble Zon­ing) on Face­book or go to abing­tonci­t­i­zens.com, and also con­tact your com­mis­sioner. — Lora Lehmann, Mead­ow­brook

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