Category Archives: Town meetings

I Favor Easton

As an Easton taxpayer, I feel privileged to be among the custodians of a precious gem of 21st century New England: our rural oasis from strip-mall sprawl. My mate and I bought our home here three years ago with great admiration for our new neighbors and predecessors who have had the fortitude to preserve Easton’s rural character.

In the Pennsylvania farm town where I grew up, my siblings and I loved bicycling the 2 miles along our “Sport Hill Road” past cornfields to the village store, and my mother endured a 30-minute drive to Delaware for grocery shopping. Today, three decades later, my parents battle traffic to drive within 3 miles to any one of 6 supermarkets, 8 mega pharmacies, 7 gas stations, and 17 car dealerships. The road is too busy for kids on bikes, the old village store is a bustling bistro, and, with the acres of nearby farms and woods gone, you can hear distant highway traffic from the back yard.

The business district that has been proposed here might seem a “sleepy” or “low-key” project. But changing town zoning regulations to allow commercial expansion in Easton would betray the vision of our forebears and corrode our legacy. In under a decade we would have dismissed the thoughtful 2006 Easton Town Plan of Conservation and Development that townspeople spent five years composing.

Some are under the impression that new mom & pop shops would reduce homeowners’ tax burdens. Citizens For Easton has already debunked that myth; their data show that the opposite could occur (see citizensforeaston.org).

Based on the Easton Courier’s recent reports, others support a business district because the developer is well intentioned. Perhaps he is. But the decision about a zoning amendment should be based not on his character, but on our town’s, which could be changed forever. No matter how architecturally charming, there is abundant evidence in our county and across the country that there would be no turning back after our first shopping center is installed.

If you share my concern, voice your opinion to the Planning & Zoning Board at the town meeting at Helen Keller Middle School on Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Adrienne Jane Burke-291 North Park Avenue-Easton

Final Public Hearing on Saddle Ridge

Hi All:

It is anticipated that the final public hearing on the 99 unit Saddle Ridge application will take place Monday, June 13, 8 PM at the HKMS media center. Continue reading

Alert! We Need Citizens to turn out on Tuesday the 24th for the Conservation Commission Hearing on Saddle Ridge

We need you to turn out for this meeting and show your opposition to a plan which clearly endangers the public watershed.  Continue reading

Tough questions asked of developer at public hearing

Citizens attending a public hearing of the  Easton Conservation Commission voiced strong concerns about the safety of the public watershed. Those concerns arise from development plans for Saddle Ridge. The Saddle Ridge developers are attempting to push through a plan to build 99 units on about 124 acres within the Aspetuck and Easton reservoir watersheds. They are using state statutes concerning affordable housing as justification for violating local zoning. Please go to the Coalition to Save Easton website for more information.

Easton has an Agricultural Commission!

Last night a proposal to make Easton’s Agricultural Committee a commission was  passed at the annual town meeting. Congratulations to those who have worked long and hard to make this happen!

Public hearing on Saddle Ridge application to build high density housing in watershed

The Easton Conservation Commission will be holding a public hearing Tuesday, April 26th at 8 PM in the Helen Keller Middle School Cafetorium. A show of public support for the CFE position would be helpful, so show up if you can. Continue reading

Easton Town Meeting to vote on Agricultural Commision

At the annual town meeting  this Monday Easton will vote to determine if the current Easton Agricultural Committee will become a commission. CFE sees this as a big step forward in showing support for local agriculture and farmers. Please be there to make your voice heard!