Monday, November 23, 2015

No knock now a click away

A report in  Toms River residents who want solicitors to stay away can now register for the township’s No Knock listing without having to leave home. 
Township officials put a link to the registration form on the township’s website in recent days, a move that comes in the wake of the Township Council’s adoption of an ordinance amendment that tightens restrictions on real estate soliciting in town.

Responding to months of complaints residents about what they say have been aggressive solicitations from real estate agents looking for homes for sale, particularly in the North Dover section of the township, the council adopted an ordinance two weeks ago that limits real estate canvassing to Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and bans it on New Year’s, Memorial Day, Independence Day (Fourth of July), Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

It also allow the township to set up a ”cease and desist zone,” where real estate soliciting can be banned for five years, after a procedure that would include a public hearing. The report mentions how  "Residents have been complaining for several months about real estate canvassing that some say is being done by real estate agents from Lakewood representing Orthodox Jewish families who are seeking homes to be purchased as the available space in Lakewood disappears".

Lakewood’s population has grown significantly in recent years; the 2010 Census showed an increase of 52 percent, from 60,000 to 92,000 people -- a number that has increased in the years since.

That has led to families looking for homes in towns nearby, including Toms River. But the attempts to find those home have led to conflict as well.

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