Pequannock Open Space Committee Weighs in on Land Use

One of many walking trails.
One of many walking trails. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Christopher Lotito

The Pequannock Open Space Commission has provided its opinion on the use of newly acquired properties throughout the municipality, with a focus upon the flood properties acquired along the Pequannock River for use as the Pequannock River Walk.  Commission Chair Frank Spizzirri, who has worked on the development of the Walk for more than a decade, stated that only small areas of adjacent lawn should be maintained in a "manicured" state and that the vast majority should be returned to a natural state.

The majority of the Commission agreed with Spizzirri's statements, asserting that these acquired properties should return to a natural state, with loosely marked walking trails as the sole maintenance of the area.  Tom Andrea, Secretary of the Environmental Commission and member of the Open Space Commission pointed out that Mountainside Park is maintained by volunteers from the New Jersey Trails Conference and hopes that sections of the Pequannock River Walk will be similarly maintained.

Christopher Lotito was the sole dissenter, noting that he would like the roadway at North Pequannock Ave maintained for future parking or else removed entirely, the latter of which other members felt would be achieved by nature over time.

Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock Historic District, Open Space, 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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