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Help Shape Mahwah's Future Monday

At the last Master Plan public hearing, residents and professionals discussed the need for more senior housing in Mahwah

Mahwah’s Planning Board is hosting a public hearing on the final draft of the township’s newly revised Master Plan, a document that outlines the future goals of the municipality, Monday.

Suggestions made in the Master Plan proposal include a town-wide shuttle system, traffic improvements to highways running through Mahwah, improvements to encourage mass transit usage, promoting unified development along Route 17 and a downtown area along Franklin Turnpike. [See the entire Master Plan here].

At previous Master Plan public hearings, residents focused on the need for more bike trails in the township, and planners pointed out a recommendation for no “big box store” developments in Mahwah, and concerns about the increasing need for more senior housing developments in the township.

The Planning Board, which has been overseeing the creation of a new Master Plan by professional planner Burgis Associates for the past five years, encouraged residents at past meetings to attend the hearing Monday night to voice opinions about what they’d like to see Mahwah become in the future.

The Planning Board is also expected to discuss the possibility of creating a "Highlands Center" in the township, or an area that would not be subject to Highlands Council development restrictions. The township has been discussing the possibility of applying for a center classification since September.

The public hearing begins at 7 p.m. Monday at town hall.

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