I just need to vent, sorry, but I am feeling pretty frustrated and ineffective this week.
This week we have a pretty decent sized cluster subdivision up to P.B. for concept approval. Located on the adjacent lot is another big cluster subdivision that just received concept approval (still have to go through final approval process). Anyway, when discussing our Planning Dep't recommendations, I remarked that we would strongly recommend sidewalks, in addition to connecting the two proposals through their roadways and greenspace. Then made the usual arguements for why sidewalks are our friends. And then I got the text book oldtimer's argument from our chairman: I've lived in this town since 1956 and I think we've gotten along quite nicely without sidewalks so far, Thank you.
Argh! These developments are located off of a residential street that has turned into a major collector street with none of the improvements, where the posted speed limit is 30, but people are regularly clocked at 60 because it is a direct connector to two big commercial thoroughfares and residents have been screaming about their poor children having no where to ride bikes or walk and begging us for sidewalks and now, because the median age of our planning board is 73 we don't want to incorporate new ideas. Christ, sidewalks aren't even a new idea, but i live and work in the middle of suburban hell where people like their residential neighborhood roads 36 feet wide for easier plowing!
ok. i just realized i haven't taken a breath in about two minutes. sorry for my tirade. i'm just so sad and angry about my board's unwillingness to require anything but the bare minimum in design quality from developers. I've got the support of my Planning Director, but this is the complaint of planners everywhere I guess: all we have is the power to recommend.
alright. thanks for listening to me. sorry to be so negative.