This Thursday, Oct. 11, representatives from Mahwah’s township Planner Maser Consulting will be asking for residents’ input on the future commercial development of Route 17 and Franklin Turnpike.
The township of Mahwah is in the midst of creating ‘Sustainable Economic Development Plan,’ which officials say is aimed at fostering the growth of the economic sector of the community.
According to representatives from Maser, the development plan attempts to determine ways to increase the local tax base, provide new employment opportunities, and improve “the overall economic and social sustainability of a community.”
The plan is being put together using $20,000 in grants approved by the New Jersey Highlands Council this March.
The plan, Maser said, will outline how the township should balance preservation of its protected natural land, parks and historic sites with economic development.
This process, which is part of Mahwah’s conformance with the Highlands Act, is happening concurrently with Mahwah’s development of a new Master Plan. The plan suggests developing a 'downown area' on Franklin Turnpike. At recent Planning Board meetings, residents have expressed concerns about the commercial build up of Franklin Turnpike, citing potential issues like parking and traffic congestion.
Maser will be hosting a public meeting this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Mahwah Senior Citizens Center to give a presentation on the plan, and invite feedback from the community. A flier from the firm says residents will be able to brainstorm and strategize about how to properly develop the township economically.