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Protecting Kingston: Village Center

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To the Editor

Thank you for writing so thoughtfully about our

presentation "Dancing Indianness" (U.S. 1, May 9) that took place at

Princeton Public Library on May 16. I think your wonderful

pre-performance write-up was very important in that it informed and

brought to our presentation many persons who shared the same or

similar concerns. Present were many who had danced Indian classical

forms, who met each other for the first time at this event, and who

hope to practice together. Dancers Shyamala Moorty and Sandra

Chatterjee were surrounded by persons who said they were parents of

bi-cultural children.

I am just delighted that what might have been just another "cultural

event" turned into an evening of sharing. We all felt just — happy!

Your lovely supportive presence and writeup contributed to our easy

and friendly environment. Thank you.

Uttara Asha Coorlawala

New York, New York

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Protecting Kingston: Village Center

The 326-year-old village of Kingston has achieved an

important goal in the fight to protect its historic integrity and the

quality of life of the people who live and work here.

On Wednesday, May 16, the Office of State Planning incorporated into

the State Development and Redevelopment Plan — the planning

blueprint for New Jersey’s future — recognition of Kingston as a

Designated Village Center.

This designation was by no means routine in the case of Kingston,

whose uniquely multi-jurisdictional status has it spanning two

townships and two counties — Franklin Township in Somerset County,

and South Brunswick Township in Middlesex County (and even a small

portion of Princeton Township in Mercer County).

In order to gain official designation as a Center, the citizens of

Kingston had to work hard for more than four years. Our efforts had to

be coordinated with the planners at each level of government

(municipal, county, and state). We had to prepare a detailed planning

agenda and boundary map that met with the approval of each planning

office. And these efforts required the approval of the planning boards

and township councils of Franklin and South Brunswick and the Somerset

and Middlesex county planning boards and freeholders, for which we are

grateful.

This grass-roots initiative could never have succeeded without the

assistance and contributions of the municipal planners Bob Hall and

Craig Marshall (of South Brunswick) and Ellen Ritchie (of Franklin),

the county planners Bob Bzik (of Somerset) and George Ververides (of

Middlesex), and the director of state planning, Herb Simmens, aided

initially by David Maski and more recently by Paul Drake. Peter

Tolischus of Heyer, Gruel & Associates also deserves our thanks for

the professional assistance he lent the municipal planning offices.

The cooperation of all these different offices in designing a

rational, citizen-based set of planning objectives for Kingston — and

the unanimous endorsement of those objectives at all levels of

government — stands as cheering evidence that the course of

development in our state can indeed be planned collectively and

regionally, rather than fought out along the familiar jurisdictional

lines.

Our center approval is precedent setting. It is the first

multi-jurisdictional Village Center in New Jersey. It is the first

Center proposal approved for which both the Center and the defined

Environs boundaries are mapped, thereby helping to define and better

protect the village through creation of a greenbelt. It is the first

Center application approved with planning objectives that include

references to regional considerations. And it is the first Center

petition to arise out of a citizen advocacy movement.

We especially want to thank state planning commission chair Joseph

Maraziti and vice chair Michele Byers and their colleagues for their

visionary leadership in support of our center proposal. We are

heartened to know that the issues raised by our unique center — which

they accepted as legitimate — are entirely consistent with the

forward-looking objectives of the new state plan.

From the very beginning, a key goal of the Kingston Initiative was to

see our work on behalf of our village ultimately serve as a model that

could be used for similar communities throughout the state. With the

approval of the Kingston Designated Village Center by the State

Planning Commission, at long last our initial hopes have been

realized.

James F. English

Chair, Village Center Designation Subcommittee

Joint Citizens Advisory Task Force for the Village of Kingston

10 Academy Street, Kingston

jenglish@english.upenn.edu


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