Where is that revised Bridgewater Master Plan?

The thing was due, originally, in 2000, right?

And now here it is, almost midway to 2004.

I’ll tell you why it ain’t done: serious, behind-the-scenes (like everything in Bridgewater) politicking by development. And by the neighborhoods who’ve always gotten the advantage in Bridgewater (Martinsville, Pluckemin, Meadow Road, Country Club Road.)

The fact is, some people in Bridgewater don’t really care if the southern part is paved to hell. They like their eclectic choice of retail big-box stores. And they like those potential nearby office jobs. (I say potential, because a number of the high rises (and some of the low rises) are either vacant, or soon-to-be.) No new business is stupid enough to set up 40 miles away from the major city (New York), especially when the bulk of New Jersey’s population is east of us.

Probably say goodbye to a lot of the Aventis jobs. Plus I hear some of the other big-name local corps want to consolidate their several offices elsewhere.

The people who supported Mayor Flannery based off the idea that she would “temper” development have discovered that any curbing is only going to come the old-fashioned way:

time and effort organizing “civic groups”—the political equivalent of carrying water in a spaghetti strainer; OR

a general decline in corporate business activity—which has its own negative reprecussions.

Fact is, Bridgewater and its surrounding townships should never have been built like they were.

Had Bridgewater not been, you’d have a nice 20-25 minute commute to a high rise in New Brunswick or Plainfield. (Trenton maybe in 35 minutes.)

Overdevelopment of the far suburbs was a serious mistake, that goes way beyond the turncoat backstabbing of a Master Plan revision.

Now you have all this mess, and people (developers) with money already on the table, trying to bring in MORE development. (Who will fill those offices? Who will shop at those strip malls?)

While yet other companies are showing that their particular commitment to one little township is not what it seemed at the ribbon cutting ceremony.