Monday night's Landmark hearing, originally intended to delve into environmental issues associated with the development, will instead address the grouping of its affordable housing units and attempt to conclude the unfinished sight distance debate involving a proposed crosswalk at the intersection of Plaza Road and Ramsey Terrace.
The change of discussion topics follows the recent submission of an environmental plan developed by Brinkerhoff Environmental Services and commissioned by a group of residents opposed to the development.
"About one week ago we submitted our environmental report to the board, immediately after which the board postponed the environmental hearing until September 10," explained Michael Roney, a leading member of the resident opposition group, "Neighbors to Save Daly Field." "At that meeting we will present the testimony of our environmental expert."
The group's report raises concerns about soil and groundwater contamination, as well as vapor intrusion at the build site. Roney said that Landmark had yet to submit an environmental report.
At Monday's meeting, Roney said members of his opposition group will speak out about Landmark's grouping of its affordable housing units together in the back of the development, along the railroad track.
"In our view this violates the intent of COAH regulations, which says that COAH units must be “fully integrated” with the development," he said.
The Landmark hearings, which look poised to run through the rest of the year, will continue until the entire plan has been presented and all residents wishing to ask questions have had the opportunity to do so.
Future hearings will center on pollution, waivers and variances, and the development's impact on the school system.
Landmark's planned 165-unit development of Daly Field and the adjacent Hayward property, located at the intersection of Plaza Road, Berdan Avenue and Route 208, has been a hot-button issue in Fair Lawn since the Radburn Association sold the field to the Woodbridge-based developer in February 2004.