Commissioners should rethink timing of hearing on development plans
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