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Council Moves To Rescind Crossroads Ordinances

Official vote will take place at special meeting August 18

The town council approved a motion to prepare the necessary paperwork to rescind the three zoning ordinances – 1684, 1686, and 1687 – that would have allowed for the building of a 600,000 square-foot retail shopping center near the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel on Route 17.

The council also approved a movement to have a non-binding referendum asking how citizens feel about the proposed mall project added to the November ballot.

Both movements were made by Councilman John Spiech.

Spiech moved to hold a special meeting next Thursday, August 18, at which the finalized ordinances will be voted on. The township attorney, John Conte, Jr., now has until next Thursday to draw up the documents, which will be officially voted on by the council then.

Councilwoman Lisa DiGiulio, who to run for Mayor this May, introduced an actual ordinance to rescind the three ordinances in question. Though the council decided that the township attorney would be able to amend the ordinance, DiGiulio said she felt the council should introduce the ordinance sooner rather than later. The ordinance was also approved by the Council, and a final vote on it is likewise slated for next Thursday’s special meeting.  

Over 100 members and supporters of the of the Committee to Stop Mahwah Mall attended Thursday night’s town council meeting, counting it as a victory for citizens of the township.

“I am just so happy that the council responded to the people,” said Mike Richards, one of the group’s organizers.

The Committee had previously signed by 2,020 registered voters in the township in an effort to get a non-binding referendum on the mall added to the November ballot. At Thursday’s meeting, Conte explained his opinion that the question can only be added after the township council introduced it, and not solely with a resident-initiated movement. Conte cited previous court decisions that he said created that precedent.

Though the residents in attendance initially displayed disappointment at the attorney’s recommendation, the sentiment in the room quickly changed once the council made movements for a referendum and the retraction of the three ordinances approved by the council on March 31.

A number of the CSMM members addressed the board to express gratitude  and to commend the citizenry for “banding together” to fight a decision they did not agree with.

“It’s a confusing time in American politics right now,” said Meg Winthrop, who said that on a larger scale, citizens are losing faith in national politicians. The pressure the group was able to apply to the council, she said, is indicative of a responsive government that she found reassuring.

“I feel like there is hope for America now, not just Mahwah,” she said.

JP August 12, 2011 at 04:48 PM
"Tea Party" type protests strike again. What a lame way of governing our town. Really sad IMO. You've already seen the way "Tea Party" politics has damaged this nation, now it extends itself to our town.
gloria volpe August 12, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Lets hope the developer dose not sell to the American Indians for a Casino then the town will not be able to do anything about it and we will have a mess on our hands with NO Taxes from them.People wake up this could happen.
Chris August 12, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Yea! Thank you
John Camlic August 12, 2011 at 10:40 PM
Finally! The representatives elected by THE PEOPLE are listening to THE PEOPLE. Thank you, council, for reconsidering. To JP, you are on here constantly talking up the mall that the people of Mahwah don't want. Does JP stand for J-ohn da-P-uzzo? Gloria, it isn't going to happen. That's just a scare tactic. That would be nearly impossible to go down with all of the rezoning and approvals and licensing. It was tried around 8 years ago, and failed. Ain't gonna happen. Relax. Keep the area zoned as office space!
Michael Richards August 13, 2011 at 12:54 AM
I would like to invite JP, Gloria Volpe, Chris and John to come to the council meeting this coming Thursday, August 18th. This issue is about sharing your thoughts and ideas to build a better community. Together we can build a better Mahwah. Thank you for your comments.
Glenn Murphy August 13, 2011 at 01:27 AM
I say "Bravo" to the Council Members (Lisa Degilio & John Spiec) for doing something RIGHT in making sure that Mahwah NJ does NOT TURN into another "Paramus(Jeramus/Jewamous),.. The ONLY THING Paramus People LOVE Is $$$$.. MORE Stores/MALLS=Major Problems for the town of Mahwah.. If somebody wants to do "Shopping", Then deal with Paramus.. I'm happy that this "Recall Ordinance" is going to be done..
Gottardo DiGiacopo August 13, 2011 at 02:28 PM
JP, you should 'come out'; your name is crying to be said. BTW, you are a republican (not that there's anything wrong with that)! as for tea parties, ours had real ideas, real friendships, passion and hard work... and lots of coffee! those parties you're referring to have only vitriol and greed; you seem very confused.
resident August 15, 2011 at 03:32 PM
JP Sorry I could not meet with you on the Friday I was going to video the traffic at 202 and Brook St. I was called into work. That is a good thing since August is tax and water bill month for me. I am not sure we are going to need to do it now. I also was told that a video already exists.
terryC August 16, 2011 at 04:06 PM
developer is only interested in building a mall and won't sell, a casino requires a NJ senator to sign off on it. With Atlantic City already here, that's not going to happen, not with their powerful lobby to protect their hotels.
indigenous August 16, 2011 at 05:01 PM
@TerryC the story is the developers of the mall are backed by the Delaware tribe in Oklahoma. Being federally recognized has nothing to do with it. If they get the zoning and the license for gaming, they can open one. They are not indigenous from Jersey and will have to pay taxes but the state will get also get big revenues. Do you see why this is dangerous to allow the zoning?
indigenous August 16, 2011 at 05:14 PM
TerryC: do you know who the developer is? have you checked their background? Anyone can open a casino if you have the zoning, the license and the money to spend. If it were to come, it would not be a tax free casino because they are not Native to NJ. but still a casino all the same!
terryC August 16, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Taxes or not taxes - it's a moot point, Read news articles, Gov Christie and politicians protecting Altantic City. Just because the Developer says they were approached with an offer, doesn't mean it was a viable option. Interesting point -the casino was only mentioned after public outcry against the Mall, used as a scare tactic. Don't fall for it.
terryC August 16, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Taxes or not taxes - it's a moot point, Read news articles, Gov Christie and politicians protecting Altantic City. Just because the Developer says they were approached with an offer, doesn't mean it was a viable option. Interesting point -the casino was only mentioned after public outcry against the Mall, used as a scare tactic. Don't fall for it.
Average Joe August 17, 2011 at 07:07 PM
A shame that a vocal and violent minority can get what they want, putting the benefits for themselves ahead of the benefits for the town.
JP September 17, 2011 at 04:09 AM
Amen to that. I'm sick of the "no basis in fact" whiners insisting what's right for ME and the town I love. What's right for this town is to get what's starting to look like a rundown, not used area cleaned up and made useful to this town. That area is a diamond in the rough if people would stop the complaints and let this thing happen. I don't want to see one of those people at these "protest" meetings shopping at that mall after it's finished. I'll be watching.
Gottardo DiGiacopo September 17, 2011 at 02:04 PM
And what will you do if you spot one JP... mow em down with your shopping cart in a fit of passion?
Chris September 17, 2011 at 02:20 PM
JP-you sound rediculous with that comment.
JP September 20, 2011 at 05:21 AM
I'll walk right up to them and call them hypocrites to their face. Believe me, I know who the most vocal people are.
JP September 20, 2011 at 05:22 AM
Chris, seriously, this whole protest movement is ridiculous. This mall is going to be built.

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