Monday, March 6, 2017

Litigation about Lkwd township passing faulty zoning changes without notice

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As previously reported , for many years the township committee rezoned areas as requested by developers to both allow residential in non residential areas (Industrial park etc) and to allow higher density residential (multifamily, duplex, changing zones). They also changed parts of zones allowing office buildings on County Line, Shopping Centers in Cedarbridge and more.  
While we were originally looking at a list of 20 ordinances from 2005-2015, we've now expanded that list to 50 ordinances from 2005-2016. We are in the process of confirming exactly which ordinances required notice and did not send notice therefore depriving the township committee of jurisdiction to make the zoning change. 


We are beginning to raise funds for litigation. The first step involves going through each of the ordinances to determine which ones were indeed faulty notices and can be included in the lawsuit. Once we have a defined list we will clearly delineate what we can accomplish with our litigation. This has far reaching implications for Lakewood. Just a few of the areas this could impact are: Oak Street, Cedarbridge, County Line, Flea Market, Eagle Ridge Gold Club, Industrial Park, HD zones all along Route 9/River Ave etc. In addition to this, many zones were changed all over town that are too numerous to list. read more at Take Back Lakewood

9 comments:

  1. I don't understand what this is going to accomplish? So the township will mail out notices go back to the board and pass the zoning changes.. there is no way you can stop them from doing so? Or there is please explain..'

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    1. If the township decided to do that they will have to mail out notices to thousands of people saying they want to change the zoning in their area. It will offer thousands of people who are now more informed than ever. They will all tell the elected officials exactly what is on their minds.

      More importantly - all of the approvals previously given by the planning and zoning board will be null and void! Approved for 179 duplexes in Oak? Sorry - back to the planning board. Approved for 166 houses on the Flea Market? Sorry - back to the Zoning Board. Approved for office buildings on County Line? Sorry...

      You get the point.

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  2. LOL at people who will donate money to anonymous campaigns that have no accountability, & no oversight.

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    1. If those are your standards you must not donate money anywhere.

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    2. List one yeshiva or charity org which has accountability and over sight. Yet you give tzadaka.

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    3. I think we have a pretty proven track record at this point in working for the good of Lakewood.

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  3. I would be more interested in a lawsuit that goes after all the illegal spot zoning.

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    1. We did consider that. Unfortunately, previous spot zoning decisions have a 45 day time limit so we are stuck with what our wise zoning board allowed over all these years (although our proposed litigation could reverse some of them through removing jurisdiction).

      Going forward - the best way to stop spot zoning is to rally the neighbors together to come to the meeting together and speak up. It has been working quite well lately!

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  4. TBL , forget these lakewood guys and let the town go to hell. Use your talents in another city where people actually care .Why are you wasting your time? If all they could put together is measly $4,000 then that means they dont care and if they dont care why should you waste your precious time? Sit back and watch the town get completely destroyed and when they come crying in two years from now just tell them you told them so. What a bizayon that a town that is riddled with corruption and back room deals and no one can part with a dollar bc they are only worried about their dated amos! Town full of shortsighted Tpishim!

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