During the approval process, citizens raised several safety concerns about the proposed development. The Planning Commission considered their input as well as the Safety Professionals in the Township.
The safety concerns most frequently expresses by people in the community at the meetings were:
- Traffic ( see our seperate page devoted to traffic concerns);
- Emergency vehicles like ambulances creating frequent traffic hazards;
- Crime caused by the workers that Blossom Ridge would employ;
- Fire in the Blossom Ridge Center building.
The Planning Commission received input from staff, the Township Planning Consultant, the Fire Chief and others and responded to these concerns:
- The traffic caused by the proposed development will be only 1% more than would be caused by a single family subdivision on the site and would be far less during peak traffic hours;
- Emergency vehicle drivers are highly trained and do not create unsafe conditions;
- The hundreds of neighboring homes already employ hundreds of workers providing many services and there is no “crime problem” in the area;
- The Fire Chief said that, between his resources and those of surrounding communities, there is sufficient manpower and equipment to keep residents safe.
The conclusion was that Blossom Ridge would not create unsafe conditions for its residents or its neighbors,