electrical bike Subsequent Steps in Westfield’s Controversial Bike Path Challenge not Anticipated Till 2021
WESTFIELD, NJ — Subsequent steps within the improvement of mountain bike trails in Brightwood Park will not be anticipated till 2021, because the city consults with the state to find out the mission’s feasibility, municipal officers stated.
The proposal, which has prompted residents’ opposition, would have volunteers from the Jersey Off Highway Bicycling Affiliation reroute current trails within the 44-acre Inexperienced Acres park and designate a main loop round a pond for hikers solely.
“There’s a bunch of state associated and DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] work and Inexperienced Acres work that’s wanted to be achieved to verify the mission will probably be possible,” stated Recreation Fee member Brad Rothenberg. “It’s going to be tabled till the due diligence course of is accomplished [to] be certain it’s a possible mission earlier than we spend a variety of time debating whether or not it’s an excellent mission to do or not.”
The debating, nonetheless, has already begun. The Friends of Brightwood Park have argued the mission would negatively affect the park’s ecology and disturb the expertise for birders and walkers by encouraging mountain biking. Proponents of the plan dispute this assertion.
Rothenberg stated the proposed bike trails won’t be on the agenda for this Monday’s recreation fee assembly.
Councilman Scott Katz, liaison to the recreation fee, stated the state approval course of is to make sure the mountain bike trails are created on correct land.
“We’re submitting an software with the New Jersey Division of Environmental Safety to request a watershed land administration pre-application assembly to help the city in requesting a letter of interpretation for potential identification of any regulated areas similar to wetlands, buffer zones and mapped habitats,” he stated.
Katz stated he didn’t know as to when the city would hear again from the DEP. Rothenberg estimated that the following steps would come by 2021, the soonest.
“Nothing goes to occur between now and the top of the 12 months. Definitely, no path will get achieved this 12 months,” he stated.
City officers have been hesitant to name it a delay.
“It’s a course of we knew we must go ahead with,” Katz stated.
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