Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Take Back Lakewood: A progress report

TBL- B''H we have accomplished a lot in a little over a month. When developers are starting to change the applications that they submit because they know they will be rejected we know we have really come a long way. We have an open communication channel with all of the township committee members, and we are actively pursuing things behind closed doors to stop this at a larger level instead of having to fight every application at the meeting. We actually did start a fundraiser page but I haven't been pushing it at all and it really is time to start. I have been self-funding this until now, but to reach out on a grander scale we need to get a lawyer involved and we need to communicate better to the community so that people know what we have done and how they can help. We will be making a big push to get a lot of people to come to
the December 1st meeting.  Donate HERE
As recent as yesterday a committeeman expressed that he thinks this is a fringe movement and that most of Lakewood does not have similar concerns.  Head in the sand much? His proof was that only 20 Frum guys were at the meeting last week along with 50 seniors.  I know 100 percent that there are thousands of people who are upset about this and we need to both inform them and motivate them to come to the December 1st meeting. Many of them simply think it is a lost cause when in reality it is not. I would also love to hire a lawyer to come down and block all of the large applications in addition to suing the board for routinely engaging in illegal spot zoning. We are actively working on getting members of the board changed to more moderate members. 
Most importantly we are trying to keep the campaign positive and clean and not to harp on the past but focus on saving the future.
I am absolutely not doing this for the money in any which way and that is why I have been reluctant to ask people for money until now, but I really want to take this to the next level now. I also want to make another point. I am moderate and reasonable. I am not here to stop every single house when one guy wants to subdivide and has a couple of variances and the neighbors don't mind. I'm mainly concerned with a bigger scale. With building 30 houses on three lots, with knocking down a house and turning it into a cul-de-sac etc. 

 I am not trying to stop all future housing in Lakewood.  I just want things being done with sechel and planning, and not sticking 50 houses here and there and there and suddenly a critical artery in Lakewood  becomes gridlocked. 

We need a zoning board that can stand up for Lakewood and say no when the developers over-reach in their applications.

We need to stop approving these behemoth 500 unit applications marketed to New York residents. Yes I know that there is a shortage of housing in New York and I know that New York is crowded etc. We do not need to turn Lakewood into Brooklyn. Our infrastructure simply cannot handle it.

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19 comments:

  1. keep up the great work!

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  2. Good work, but a couple of comments.

    1) I don't believe the committeman really thinks that this is a fringe view. This is topic number one in every conversation in Lakewood. If he really feels that way, let us know which one it is and post his e-mail address.

    2) If every house in Lakewood turns into a Duplex, it will more then double the congestion. I don't care about small variances on a single home, but homes turning into duplexes is a problem, regardless of the size of the project.

    3) Traffic here is already worse then Brooklyn. Brooklyn is a grid pattern, with many intersecting side streets.

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    1. They are hoping we will get bored of this and go away.

      I'll tell you when we'll go away. When the traffic goes away (in other words - never!).

      As long as this problem exists there will be concerned residents who will speak up. We should not need to be coming to board meetings and township committee meetings. The committee and boards should be championing this and staying up at night thinking about what ordinances they can pass to fix this. Since they are not yet doing that, we need to make sure that they are concerned enough to take action.

      Maybe if they realize that the voting base won't re-elect them is this isn't resolved by Fall 2017 and Fall 2018 then they will step up to the plate. We are handing them the ball. Le them run with it and work with us and not against us if they want to stay relevant.

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  3. Well said.
    This movement is supported by all the taxpayers who are suffering twofold. They are paying increasingly higher taxes to fund the destruction of their quality of life. This has to stop, and Take back Lakewood is doing a great job.
    They need our support monetarily and physically. We only have strength in numbers. If we don't finally stand up we will regret what happens. If we would have finished the job 6 years ago, we wouldn't be suffering today. Imagine how things will be in the next 6 years if we back down again. Things can and will get better, but only if we are brave enough to show up at the meetings, and speak out .
    SCREAM! No more Mr. Nice Guy. Show them you are fed up! You want positive changes ,not false promises. No more " I will talk to you after the meeting" NO! we know who you are, we know who you work for, and it has to stop NOW! tell us you are quitting your jobs, tell us you will stop being involved in conflicts of interest that cost us millions or get off the committee! Answer us. Stop hiding behind fake articles in magazines. Stop acting like you care and are misunderstood because of a few "rabble rousers". Be honest, tell us all you have done to enrich yourselves and those that got you into your positions. Admit there is a serious problem and continuing on our current path is a recipe for disaster.

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  4. I'm donating $100 through your website right now

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    1. To: AnonymousNovember 23, 2016 at 3:03 PM

      Liar!
      There has not been a $100 donation since two weeks ago.

      How ironic. I would expect you, at least, to be honest.

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    2. I know Mr. TakeBackLakewood personally and I wired him the cash yesterday.

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  5. Keep up the great work.
    How about not just opposing things but giving specifics about why certain projects are bad, and what specifically the should do, to help alleviate some of the problem.
    for example it's easy to say cut taxes, but it would be better to say cut xyz out of the budget. or which streets can be improved and how. if we present ideas they will have to explain their inaction.

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    1. 100%. I'm working on suggesting particular ordinances that the committee needs to pass to correct things. If you have any such ideas or suggestions please share!

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    2. Require a surcharge on all new construction with the money exclusively allocated towards dealing with infrastructure issues like traffic

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  6. You mean well and sound reasoned. Reasonable people can have different opinions. That is fine. There is room for dialogue. The problem is that there are a few people who are very vocal and nasty and always say things in a nasty way,accuse people of taking bribes and committing crimes etc etc . Most people do not want to be associated with that type of rhetoric and therefore stay away. Its a shame that these few people who are not merutza lekohol are associated with you and hurt your cause.

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    1. Nice try. More propaganda. There are no two sides to this issue. Your anonymous trolling is not going to stop this movement. I am now done with being subtle. It is time to tell the truth. Bribes? Yes. Favors for certain people? Yup. Incompetence? Definitely. Conflicts of interest? Daily . I will no longer be silent. I have been relatively quiet for over 5 years. Thank you take back lakewood, first ammendment activist and Hefkervelt. You just awoke a monster. Boo!

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    2. HV won't post it but I can show you direct bribes and property transfers to committee members (in straw buyer names of course) Its not rhetoric, its proven fact. Also how many of the influencers are living in tax free homes. It's not hard to dig it up this public info.

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    3. Send it in to take back lakewood maybe he can use it, also ask you rav if you can give it over to the seniors.

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  7. Time for a complete moratorium on new building permits (many towns do it) until our wise leaders explain to us how infrastructure will ever catch up to the insane,dense development. Blaming the state for Rt. 9 etc. is very telling of how unqualified our leaders are. Every duplex built is a TAX LOSS,a negative, which simply raises our TAXES

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    1. what NJ town ever approved one? The last one was like 15 years ago in Atlantic County and that was ruled by a court to be illegal so they lifted it.

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  8. Our board that approve the building are pay for play....

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  9. Just look next door,1,000,000 acres of Buidable land in the Pinelands, can't be built on to save the water underneath it and a lot of snakes.Look at CAFRA, a technique by DEP to RESTRICT growth. I think the Health and well being of our residents is reason enough for a moratorium until we see signs of intelligence from our elected leaders

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  10. To the person that asked what town ever imposed a moratorium in the last 15 years? Exactly.No town has ever been faced with that problem. But recently Fallsburg placed a moratorium and they are planning on having them in parts of Monsey because the same type of people have little understanding how responsible development works in those places as well. A Moratorium that is placed on responsible development which towns have tried to place to stop growth has been challenged in court. A Moratorium challenge in Lakewood would get laughed out of court. We have many legitimate reasons to enact a moratorium.

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