Montclair Planning Board voted 8-1 Monday to incorporate the Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) Complete Streets Plan into the Township Master Plan.
Councilman Peter Yacobellis, who wrote an op-ed on the need to to make Montclair streets safer, was among those celebrating its passage. Yacobellis writes:
“I commend the members of the Planning Board for taking this historic action which I believe will set Montclair up for success in the long term by providing the town with well researched guidelines to help us make good decisions around transportation infrastructure as we continue to grow. I want to thank the previous Council and community leaders for all of the years of work that went into this. We wouldn’t be here without them. I’m grateful to Mayor Spiller for his progressive vision and to Councilwoman Schlager for her support from a Planning Board perspective. I also want to thank the Montclair Police Department for their strong endorsement and of course Bike & Walk Montclair for their tireless work to get us here. Lastly, I want to thank the residents and business owners from all four wards of Montclair taking the time to make their voices heard. We can design a safer future for Montclair and thanks to this action, we’re now on the right path.”