Meeting schedules could keep residents from having their say on BET project
To the Editor:
The snowed-out Nov. 15 meeting for the BET YMCA project in Abington has now been moved (tentatively) to Dec. 11, according to some commissioners. The hearing itself will be, unbelievably, Dec. 18.
Please ask your commissioner why in the world they would vote to put something right before Christmas when they know the vast majority of families are already on overload during the holiday season. I would love to hear what they answered . Please ask them to reschedule that vote on Dec. 5.
Besides the (tentative still? I don’t see it officially posted yet) Dec. 11 planning commission meeting, Dec. 5 is the code committee meeting where commissioners could choose to hear the pleas of the residents about placing this issue on the agenda and hearing resident requests for changing the process by which zoning rewrites by developers proceeds. There is also a Dec. 13 meeting, which, besides being an opportunity for residents to comment to their commissioners about the BET project, is also an important budget approval meeting. This is also an opportunity for residents to comment openly at the end of the meeting to their commissioners about both the BET project and about developers who write their own zoning and disregard our zoning codes.
Then there is the actual BET/YMCA hearing on Dec. 18. Oh, and BET so very kindly offered to jam in … uh, er … I mean “hold” any other meetings with residents that the residents might desire … in return for not letting go of the Dec. 18 “holiday” meeting. Wouldn’t want to lose that opportunity where they hope to have their project speed through to approval without the annoying prospect of many residents there.
Wrap, shop, enjoy while we rezone.
So that is Dec. 5, 11, 13 and 18 — what in the world will you do with all your free time? Keeps the protesting down rather nicely, doesn’t it?
Please visit the R.O.A.R.Z. Facebook site or AbingtonCitizens.com for more information or to help get the word out to your fellow residents, many of whom still don’t understand the consequence of developers writing their own zoning. — Lora Lehmann, Meadowbrook