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Pennington Borough Mayor

Pennington Borough Mayor

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    Joe Lawver
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

How can you, as mayor, support local businesses and welcome new businesses into the community?

Name one or two things in the Pennington Borough Master Plan that you believe should be changed to better reflect the current/future growth of the Borough

What means would you use to engage the residents of Pennington in the development of plans for the former landfill site?

Share some of your ideas about how to make a senior center/community center a reality in the Hopewell Valley.

First and foremost, we can be responsive to business owner's requests for service. Permits, fees, inspections and regulations are unfortunately complicated. While we have tried to streamline them and make them as intuitive as possible, we recognize that people will have questions. We are committed to promptly answering business owners questions and holding their hands through the process.

Secondly, we can foster a positive business community. We do that through the borough's Economic Development Committee and by partnering with the Pennington Business and Professional Association. Working with these groups and listening to the business community helps us get ahead of issues before they cause problems.
Right now the Pennington Borough Master Plan has what I will call zoning placeholders for the former landfill site. Currently the Borough is undergoing an environmental assessment of that site. Once we know the results of that study, we will likely reclassify the site as an area in need of redevelopment. That designation will allow the Borough greater flexibility to support a development that will turn the former landfill into a true community asset.
We have already formed a Landfill Redevelopment committee with citizen representatives from the Economic Development and Environmental Committees and they have provided valuable input. When we get closer to the end of the current environmental assessment, we intend to hold a community forum asking residents and business owners what amenities or assets they would like to see the borough develop. This input will be one of the factors we consider as we work with developers to turn the former landfill into a true community asset.
I was adamant that we needed to fix the senior center we have while waiting for a new senior/community center to be developed. While it has taken too long, I am pleased to say that the current center on Reading Street will be completely renovated before the end of the year. The center will be a safe, comfortable and bright site for meetings, the senior lunch program and senior programming. With that behind us, we can take the time necessary to develop a senior/community center with Hopewell Township and Hopewell Borough that will address the community's long term needs.