Margita Bastistic, the borough engineer, was questioned for nearly three hours on Tuesday evening. Bastistic recently testified that the increase in flooding caused by the proposed development of the United Water Property would be so small that it would be “immeasurable.”The raising of the site by 'two feet' was a major topic as was the paving of at least half of the 13-acre property, which would create more impermeable area and more runoff.
According to Bastistic, flooding increase form runoff and displacement would be more significant if the United Water property was turned into single family housing. If the land was zoned as such, about 40 houses would be put on the land as well as a street. This would actually create more runoff and flooding issues than the current proposal.
However, the opinion of most of the public who raised questions was for the land to be left as open space.
Would raising the property by bringing in soil increase flooding? Would the paving of such a large piece of land increase flooding despite proposed basins? Tell us what you think in the comments section.