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WPCNR SOUTH END TIMES. September 30, 2012: Fran Jones, a community activist, in remarks on the WPCNR worldwide broadcast television program, White Plains Week, was reported by this reporter, as having distributed a letter, calling for folks to come out and speak in favor of the Open Space Recreation District Ordinance which has a second public hearing Monday evening. WPCNR wishes to point out further that Ms. Jones urged in the letter that persons on both sides of the issue to come out and speak. To clarify what the letter actually said, WPCNR publishes Ms. Jones letter to members of the community: Richard Liebson's lead article in the current Journal News "EXPRESS" entitled "City hears from school, opponents" is about the FASNY hearing last week but also about OSRD.
The last paragraph of this article states:
"The city is considering a proposal for new, restrictive open-space zoning that would affect the FASNY site and five other parcels. The Open Space Recreational District would require 100- to 300-foot buffers and allow construction on just 5 percent of the land, and all but kill FASNY's application. The hearing on the new zoning is to continue Oct. 1. The FASNY hearing will continue Oct. 17."
If you possibly can, attend the Oct. 1 meeting and let the common council know what restrictions you would like to see (or not see) on the properties. The first hearing (9/4) was well attended by FASNY and their supporters, who are clearly opposed to the idea, but poorly attended by members of the White Plains community. Only three of us were in attendance to speak in support of some sort of recreational rezoning and limits we feel need to be placed on the properties.
Even if you are not sure whether or not you think this is a good idea (you can read more about the proposal on the city website)
it is another opportunity to communicate to the common council what you think should be permitted as well as not permitted in the future.
Keep in mind that if FASNY is defeated, something else will inevitably be built there. Now is the time to speak up.
It is an opportunity FASNY is using to make their case.
It is even more important that White Plains residents make their ideas known since it is taxpayers and residents who will be most impacted by whatever is decided.
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