NJ DEP Calls for Moratorium on All Development Within Floodplain

a2_LOTITO_Pequannock_Flood_(Irene)_2011 036Image by Christopher Lotito via FlickrThe 15th and final point on Christie's 15 Point Plan to reduce flooding along the Passaic River is to ask municipalities to adopt restrictions to their ordinances which prevent development of floodplain properties.

The only update for this item is from March 11, 2011 and states that municipalities need to consider this item for inclusion in their master plans.

While I do my best to remain objective in my writings here, I will say I believe this item is not right for Pequannock.  Without floodplain development, Pequannock would not have the entire A&P shopping center (largely closed at this time), Annello's Fencing, Solar & More Store (NJ's first solar retail store), Buffet 23, Tiff's (which was Triangle Hofbrau), and so many more valuable businesses.  We cannot stifle ourselves and gut our local economy simply because an incorrectly designed and operated dam, along with a lack of storm-water management, is causing severe flooding in our region.

What we should do is seek federal monies to elevate the entire A&P shopping center.  What we should do is ask that 23 be elevated.  What we should do is create a master plan for Pequannock that starts to move our vital businesses to other available properties outside of the floodplain, but we cannot in the meantime strangle local commerce with development restrictions that would ultimately force Pequannock to buyout undevelopable commercial flood properties.

Most of all what we SHOULD do is continue to hold our elected officials accountable and continue to demand legislative solutions to flood control.

Thank you for taking the time to read my 15 Point Flood Plan Rundown.


Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock EnvironmentalHistoric District, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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