Friday, October 7, 2016

Video: Lakewood Mayor Miller "we're at capacity no more rezoning this year"

24:40 Mayor Miller says no more rezoning this year we're at capacity
Mayor Miller starts explaining the fine print in resolutions and ordinances
20:35 Resident asks township to replace members of the Zoning boards, Traffic unbearable
Rachel court changed to Trudy lane
35:10 Deputy Mayor Ackerman discusses traffic in Lakewood hopes to have a comprehensive study and public ideas on how to fix it.
38:10 Commiteeman Mike Delia talks about slowing down construction
Video courtesy of First Amendment Activist

26 comments:

  1. The township committee went far out of their way in order to sweeten the deal for the developers.

    At first the township paid $250,000 to pay for the developer’s CAFRA permits. Yes, as awkward as it sounds- the township took a quarter of a million dollars of the tax payer’s money just to pay their friend’s bill. Months later when the public outcry was too hard to ignore the township passed an ordinance forcing the builders to eventually pay the $250,000 back to the township.

    Secondly, the state would not issue the permit until other land was put aside as preserved land in exchange for the current vacant land. The township goes ahead and for a minimal fee happily gives the developers the land needed without any public auction or sale. Just like that.

    When it comes to developing the sewer basin- every developer creates his own sewer and arrogation system on his own property. In this incident the township went ahead and built a sewer system on public land free of charge. When the public found out, the township decided to charge each lot a onetime fee of $800. That land could have been auctioned for a very high price. Again the township goes ahead and serves developers.

    Last but not least, the township committee passes an ordinance which allows the developers to build in the Oak St Corridor without any approval from the planning board, zoning board and without giving public notice. A subcommittee which will be appointed by the township committee and the developers would make all planning and zoning decisions.

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    1. How about the state law that requires any multi-tier LLC requesting a building permit, to list the name of all members in the LLC who have a greater than 10% share in the LLC to list their names

      That might shed some light on what happened in the Oak St. Corridor

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  2. 2 more streets vacated

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  3. too little too late the township by vacating streets messed up the grid that was suppose to keep a normal traffic flow.

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  4. Menashe,Meir,please stop with the performances. You see the frustration and know that your corruption cannot go on, so now you will pretend that you are doing something about it in order to continue your businesses that cause the destruction of our town. We need substantive actions,not talk. We need a total immediate moratorium on all large building developments, Rescind your approvals of the Oak Street project.Investigate the Blue Claws deal. Stop letting the downtown be destroyed by developers and criminals while you promote strip malls that you manage. Dont pick and choose who can or cannot benefit from your corruption. Put an end to it all immediately. You won't and you cant. Because the Township is your livelihood.You are enriched by the system you created and you dont want it to end. Now you will pretend to change things because you see the powder keg before your eyes.
    We wont be fooled anymore. Now you will place articles in the voice and shopper about how you will try to stop development as best as you are able to. You will say this while you are silently partnered with the very same people causing our development woes.
    Shameful

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  5. How stupid does Mayor Miller think the people of Lakewood are? He said he thinks Lakewood is at capacity, then

    1)Why did he do massive rezoning in 2013 to allow for more dense building? There are thousands of units that haven't been built yet, that are coming on line as a result (after we are "at capacity)

    2) Why did you appoint people to the Master Plan Subcommittee,who make a living off of high density, an attorney who represents developers at every zoning and planning board meeting, a planner, who works for the developers, a member of the zoning board who claims his primary concern is that his children won't be able to buy a house in Lakewood without higher density, and someone who appears to be on almost every committee, who thinks mid-rise buildings are the future of Lakewood.

    these people were recently appointed by the mayor, and the Township committee.

    3) The mayor states that he will not allow more rezoning this year. This is a hollow promise, he knows full well the zoning committee, which he appointed, is rezoning by variance, they are adding hundreds of units to developments by claiming they are ordinances and not rezoning.

    4) Claiming that they are working on fixing traffic issues, while vacating multiple streets in the same meeting. There is no traffic solution, in major part, due to vacating streets, abandoning the grid pattern, and allowing massive culd de sacs all over town

    If the mayor is serious about fixing zoning, he needs to appoint people who are truly against density to the planning board, zoning board, and Master Plan Committees, maybe the guy who spoke against density is available.

    What qualifications does the last appointed zoning board member have, other then being a tenant, and thereby a puppet, of the mayor?

    5) Why was Excel Park giving a tax abatement, that I would estimate as having a value of $30k per year. The property manager stated there is demand for this expansion, wonderful, then let them pay taxes like everyone else.

    I am pro-industrial development, it has a minimum impact on traffic, and increases tax revenue, granting an abatement kind of defeats the purpose.

    There have been other industrial sites that were built without any abatement's, why the special treatment for Excel Park, creating jobs? they are only projecting 10 additional workers, and there is demand, they would have built it anyways. Something smells rotten, and it's not the lefotver Rosh Hashonah fish head.

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  6. Is anyone falling for this hogwash? In the same meeting where you're vacating streets you say you are concerned about density??!! Never mind what goes on by every single zoning meeting. They must thing we are totally stupid. And they are probably right baaed on the fact that he is still in office. You gotta love that straight face.

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  7. Stop talking and start a recall. Get the seniors to sign. Recall Menashe and Meir and work from there on their yes men Ray Coles and Mike Delia. Let's do it for Akerman who has been working all these years behind the scenes to save our town.

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    1. Akerman voted to vacate the streets, he needs to go

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    2. what has Ackerman done to save the town, seriously curious.

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  8. studies, & statements galore but if they don't back down off their approvals for thousands of houses in the most condensed part of Lakewood - the'oak street corridor', just proves it's all one big show!

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  9. All through streets need to be opened up, including Arlington all the way to Pine St., we can't continue providing for the few against the basic needs of the town. Enough is enough.

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  10. No more "this year" we are in the last few months of this year. Who is he fooling?

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  11. This was the last straw. To watch Menashe Miller, who is mostly responsible for all the ills of our town, act like he is incensed at all the growth is sickening . How many times did he and Meir Lichtenstein say that we will build as long as Jews want to move here?
    This is an insult to every person living in Lakewood. Menashe should ask for forgiveness from every person in Lakewood before Yom Kippur.
    Start dialing.

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    1. menashe is not "mostly responsible". we all know who is and who you are protecting but we are forbidden from ever mentioning his name.

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    2. Please enlighten us...

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  12. Is there any way to stop the Oak street corridor? Does anyone know?

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    1. Within 20 days of any new ordinance an appeal can be filed with the zoning/planning board to appeal it directly with the board. The next step is that it can be challenged in Superior Court of Ocean County. There is a lawyer in the process of appealing it.....

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  13. How come seemingly everything and everyone gets permission for building EXCEPT Kelm woods shul?! VERY VERY interesting - talk about something smelling rotten!

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  14. Menashe has appointed 2 zoning board members in the last 2 committee meetings. Why has he still not added more members to the rent control board, like he "promised" he would!? Is he still trying to protect some friends?

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    1. Who are the 2 new members?

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  15. 2:07 – Resident pro Hillary R Clinton
    3:50- Resident questioning the bussing funding. Mayor says its funding for non religious schools. Resident is satisfied.
    4:43 – Senior from complains about traffic on Locust st. Public applauds. Mayor Miller said they should speak to the Traffic Division. Senior says Traffic Division said they cannot help.
    11:08- property manager for Swarthmore Ave discusses the upcoming traffic light.
    13:10 - Resident asks the township to do more for the Spanish speaking community.
    14:59 – Resident demands a Spanish translation office for the Lakewood Latino population. Says that STEPS is not the solution. Crowd applause.
    18:10 – Resident from County Line says people trespass his property. Complains about hitchhikers on Pine St. Mayor Miller says he will educate the public on this issue.
    20:41- Avrohom Schubert speaks passionately about Lakewood’s terrible traffic. Mocks the zoning board. Asks what direction the township committee gives to the zoning board. Crowd applause. Asks they change the zoning board members who have been on the board for years. Mayor says he opposes density building and rezoning. Crowd applause.
    29:59 – Developer asks for tax abatement. Resident opposes. Says are taxes are high as is. Mayor justifies the variance. Says it create jobs for Lakewood people. Variance approved.
    36:50 – Ackerman speaks about the master plan.
    37:39 - Delia speaks about the master plan
    39:20 - Ackerman says he will write letter in the name of the Township to master plan planners to stop all density building. Motion approved.

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    1. Why was Excel Park given an abatement? There is demand for these warehouse units, and they mentioned they were fully rented.

      Others built commercial property's without abatement's. Is this hush money for not opposing developments on Cross St.?

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  16. Great so now we will have a traffic committee and a list of improvements that will take yrs to do and cost US tons of money. While the developers and committeemen will laugh all the way to the bank. Here are a few free or cheap solutions. 1. A google map with all the applications for that zoning board meeting and a requirement to list nearest cross streets and not just block numbers. 2. A realistic schedule. 3. Any pushed off meeting requires a 500-1000 rescheduling fee along with new notices sent out.

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    1. And stop vacating streets

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    2. Good ideas all around, as a neighbor, I was given notices a few times, wasted a few hours at the meeting, then it got pushed off.

      They also send the notices via certified e-mail to your home address, so if you're not home during the day, you need to go to the Post Office to pick it up.

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