Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront
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Myths And Facts
About Waterfront Development


Myth#1: The proposed development will preserve our cherished views. Fact#1: View "corridors" mean blocked views; much of our panoramic vista of the Hudson River will be gone forever.
Myth#2: It's private property, so the developers can do what they want. Fact#2: The Township of Weehawken has rights superior to any rights of a private land owner. The Township has the right to plat the streets, dictate the land uses, building heights, and other zoning requirements. Weehawken Town Council has the right to change zoning requirements up to the time of decision.
Myth#3: It's too late to make zoning changes now that the application is submitted. Fact#3: The Town can change the applicable zoning at any time until the final appeal of the application, which could be several years from now. This is know as the "time of decision" rule.
Myth#4: The new "ratables" (additional property value to tax) will be good for the town's coffers. Fact #4: Tax revenues from the new development will only provide net benefits if the are greater than the costs of new services, which has not been proven.
Myth#5: My elected officials will not let anything bad happen to this town. Fact#5: Our elected officials need to receive constant and overwhelming public pressure to resist the lobbying of a well-financed developer.
Myth#6: New traffic along the waterfront will not affect upland roadways if pedestrian and vehicular accessibility is limited. Fact#6: The developer's own studies show large increases in Township-wide congestion; limited access will simply mean less local use of light rail, ferry and waterfront amenities.
Myth#7: The light rail will mean that almost all of the new 8,000 workers, 3500 residents, and 8,000 ferry riders projected for the waterfront will not use cars during rush hour. Fact#7: The developer has provided no direct documentation whatsoever to support this incredible claim.
Myth#8: Planning board conditions applied to the application will be enough to protect our interests. Fact#8: Our world-class waterfront deserves a world-class design that is basically different from the Roseland proposal, and thus the proposal must be rejected on its own terms.