Don’t let politically connected developers steal State-protected parkland in New Jersey!
  • Petitioned Robert Diehl

This petition was delivered to:

Edison Council
Robert Diehl
Edison Council
Robert Karabinchak
Edison Council
Wayne Mascola
Edison Council
Thomas Lankey
Mayor of Edison
Mayor Ricigliano
Edison Council
Melissa Perilstein
Edison Council
Sudhanshy Prasad
Edison Council
Alvaro Gomez
NJDEP Commissioner
Bob Martin
Bureau Chief, Green Acres Legal Services and Stewardship
Judeth Piccinini Yeany
President of the United States
New Jersey-018A
State Rep. Nancy Pinkin
New Jersey-018B
State Rep. Patrick Diegnan
New Jersey
Gov. Chris Christie
New Jersey-018
State Sen. Peter Barnes

Don’t let politically connected developers steal State-protected parkland in New Jersey!

    1. Petition by

      Edison Wetlands Association

The State of New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation, making our preserved parkland more vital than ever. Yet the Township of Edison is considering giving away one of our preserved regional resources to benefit a politically connected developer. If allowed to do so, this giveaway will set a horrible precedent – potentially placing every State-preserved site in New Jersey at risk.

A private developer is proposing to pave over ecologically sensitive wetlands and bulldoze woods in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area at the end of Alexis Lane in Edison to build a sprawling center. The property is land-locked and the land leading to the property is preserved as state-protected land – as designated by the State’s Green Acres program for protecting our little remaining open space forever.

The Edison Township Council is proposing to pass an amendment removing this property from the Edison Recreation and Open Space Inventory, thus undermining its protection. If this project is approved, it will significantly increase traffic and parking problems in neighboring residential developments, vastly expand flood damage for neighboring families, risk danger to children who play in the area, and destroy the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, which provides our crowded region’s only nature trails and significant wildlife habitat.

Known as the “Everglades of Central Jersey,” the 1,240-acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area is the largest natural area remaining in northern Middlesex County, spanning portions of Edison, Metuchen and South Plainfield. The Dismal Swamp is home to over 175 species of birds, and two dozen species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, as well as a dozen threatened and endangered species, such as the American bittern, bald eagle, American beaver, and spotted turtle.

Don’t give our preserved parkland to politically connected developers!

Recent signatures


    1. Religious group seeks to build driveway through preserved land

      "A land-use battle that has spanned two decades came to a head in Edison Township Council chambers last week. The governing body held a court-mandated public hearing on Nov. 3 regarding its proposed amendment to Edison’s Recreation Open Space Inventory (ROSI). The amendment would allow a driveway to be built in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, providing access to the landlocked 14-acre Visco tract, off Alexis Lane. The Visco family has donated a portion of the tract to be used for a Planning Boardapproved Jehovah’sWitnesses church...."

    2. Dismal Swamp development proposed at Edison hearing

      "Like a wedding in the midst of a family feud, members and representatives of two township-based Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations filled one side of Township Council chambers on Thursday night, while environmentalists and other residents sat in vehement opposition.

      Many on both sides passionately testified to the Township Council during a state Department of Environmental Protection hearing about a proposed amendment to the township’s Green Acres Recreation and Open Space Inventory (ROSI). The amendment would allow a landlocked developer to build a driveway on a .10-acre portion of the 1,240-acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area...."

    3. Don’t allow Edison to give away precious parkland

      "We expect that when someone looks to harm the residents of Edison, our mayor and council will protect its hard-working and taxpaying citizens. Whether it is a property owner not cleaning up their toxic waste site or a developer looking to pave over our precious little remaining natural parkland, we expect and demand that those we voted into office will fight with all their power to protect our citizenry and stand up to guard against either threat.

      Unfortunately, as remarkable as it seems, these protections are not in place in Edison. The two Visco projects put Edison families at risk and should not be allowed, yet our current council is on the verge of doing exactly that. ..... "

    4. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Alyssa Humrich WORCESTER, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Stop ruining my planet. Please and thank you.

    • Heather English EDISON, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      Edison is already over populated, why add more people when this town clearly can not handle any more.

    • Mary Began EDISON, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because the Dismal Swamp is a beautiful conservation area safeguards natural wildlife in our towns. It something to be proud of, not thrown away to another land developer.

    • Lauren Kovacs LAMBERTVILLE, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      The Dismal Swamp is an incredible resource in a highly developed area; it deserves protection and enhancement, not bulldozers.

    • Nora Stryker EDISON, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      We need to keep our sparce wetlands/open space for our children and grandchildren so that they may enjoy nature. We must also retain the habitats of the wildlife that lives there.


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