Residents Hire Attorney to Oppose Daly Field Development
Attorney Joel Rosen spoke at Monday's Planning Board meeting on the group's behalf
A group of Fair Lawn residents calling themselves "Neighbors to Save Daly Field," have retained a land-use attorney to help make their case against the Landmark development planned for Daly Field and the Hayward properties along Plaza Road.
"We think we've been successful in getting some points across," said Michael Roney, one of the group's leaders who has spoken previously at planning board hearings on the development, "but we feel that, they have attorneys, they have experts. It only helps our cause if we also rely on professionals to state our case."
Roney said it was the group's intention to ensure that the controversial development is exhaustively vetted, so as to protect the health and welfare of Fair Lawn residents.
"From my perspective, it's not something that the majority of people of Fair Lawn want," he said. "It's something that was forced upon us, so we're here to do whatever is necessary to make sure that, to the greatest extent possible, the people of Fair Lawn are protected from this development, however that may turn out."
Attorney Joel M. Rosen, based in Bloomfield, made his first appearance on the group's behalf at Monday's Planning Board hearing on traffic and architectural issues associated with the development. He spoke three times following the developer's testimony, asking a variety of questions that ranged from the development's fire apparatus accessibility to its estimated build year.
Rosen said he had heard of the development prior to being retained by the group but acknolwedged that he was still getting caught up on its history.
"I'm getting educated very, very quickly," he said.
Monthly planning board hearings on the proposed Landmark development, which began in March, will continue next month, on August 13, with the discussion of environmental issues associated with the project.