Monday, March 20, 2017

Video: Jewish News Channel/Matzav.com Jackson Dorm ban


Mike Davis is a journalist at the Asbury Park Press, covering Lakewood, Jackson Township, and other surrounding areas. In this exclusivfte interview, Mike gives a very candid opinion about what he believes is the REAL motivation behind the recent ban on dormitories and school construction in Jackson Township. Matzav.com

23 comments:

  1. Does anyone blame them? Unfortunately we have built a name for ourselves as not caring about quality of life and building everywhere. They don't want to see their down be destroyed. There is a reason there aren't ant big projects going on in Jackson.

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  2. I live in Jackson, am frum and also don't want Jackson to turn into Lakewood. That makes me a bigot??? I'm not sure why.

    I want Jackson to remain a town not controlled by a VAAD and to not overbuild. Also to have large lots and no duplexes. Again, that makes me a bigot?

    The interviewer here just glosses over the fact that Lakewood as a town is a failed town from a planning and building perspective.

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    1. Limiting construction would be what you want. But banning dorms and schools effects the mainframe of a Jewish community. Not allowing that is bigotry!

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    2. And banning any dorms anywhere has to do with...?

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  3. As he said, you don't realize you are a bigot.

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    1. And you are a bigot for referring to anyone as a bigot disagreeing with you. You may not realizr but your calling everyone a bigot for not agreeing with u.

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  4. Right. A town that was worse than the biggest slum that now has the most businesses and new office buildings. A town where you took your life in your hands if you walked on Clifton or Monmouth or Lexington during the day that now has million dollar houses on those streets. Just because you don't like it here doesn't mean it is a failure. Every successful city has traffic problems because the success creates demand for vehicles. That doesn't make it a failure. That makes it a big success with growing pains. Some like it and some do not. Every time somebody makes a positive comment about our town on this blog ,he is attacked as being a troll for the vaad. You can't understand that maybe not everybody is as bitter and angry as you. There are different opinions.

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    1. You are confusing the successful individuals in the town, with the people running the city government.

      There are many people in town who are successful. The people running the government are a failure.

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    2. Because people don't want to waste an hour of their day every day of their life means they are bitter?

      You seem to make this same accusation often, it is unlikely that 2 people who have the same twisted point of view.

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  5. Dorms don't cause overcrowding, religious school which local residents are entitled to, don't cause over crowding. Nobody is talking about dense developments, Jackson grand varriences for almost nothing. The ordinance are clearly designed to limit yeshiva schools, nothing more.

    This has nothing to do with density and traffic.

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  6. What do schools and dormitories have to do with large lots, not duplexs, and overbuilding? If there's a project in the works let the neighborhood support or reject it like any other project, a township-wide law is just wrong.

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  7. Why should RESIDENTS have to move if we don't want this..... why don't YOU do what you want elsewhere.... what makes you so special that your rights mean more than mine?

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  8. Pretty simple.....no colleges in town....no need for dorms.

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  9. Jackson needs to remain a rural area because the water we get is from underground wells. If we overbuild in Jackson we could conceivably run out of water. I live in a development of half acre lots and we had what is called a shallow well. When the woods across the street and behind us were turned into homes on one acre lots, our well went dry and we had to dig a deeper well. Imagine putting apartments or a school or similar homes close together in my area. We will not be fighting for parking, but for water. Also when you have a well and septic they have to be maintained properly by using the correct detergent, not pouring grease down the drain, etc. In addition, the size of the leech field is determined by the potential amount of occupants in a home, usually by the amount of bedrooms. Therefore, if you overcrowd a house, such as in the dorm situations we have read about in the newspapers where 25 or more occupants had to be evacuated in a fire situation, the septic can fail, costing many thousands of dollars. I faced a similar situation when I went to a state college in NJ as there was not enough dorm space. I either commuted to school or lived off campus. Why don't the local families rent out a bedroom to college students? This is what other colleges in NJ do. There are other alternatives that need to be explored here.

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    1. That's why there an engineering dept, to recommend to approve or deny such applications. An across the board ordinance, is clearly targeted at specific entities irregardless if it'll be an appropriate use from a planing/engineering perspective. Jackson twp has in-effect banned private schooling by severely limiting the areas in which a school may be established.

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    2. False argument. Dormitories need to abide by land use laws already on the books.

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    3. I thing residents in Jackson have justified fears about Jackson turning into Lakewood, but this dormitory thing is a mistake.

      There is a very small percentage of schools in Lakewood that have dormitories, and it is not a cause of congestion. there was one instance where there was a fire, but that is not the norm, it is an exception.

      What Jackson needs to do, is find a way to strengthen their existing zoning laws, so the congestion problems that Lakewood has, cannot happen their in the future.

      This would insure the quality of life for residents in Jackson. It is tough to do considering NJ land use laws, but that is the area where they should focus their energy.

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    4. don't worry about your water supply. when the high school needed water, they simply waited for the Lakewood Jews to pull water to Westgate.... and then hokes up to it. they were sued, but at the end of the day they have their water.

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  10. There are areas in Jackson that have city water and sewer. So that won't be an issue in those areas

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  11. I'm finally beginning to understand, after speaking to family and friends, that most people have no idea what this is actually about. One person thought that there was a dorm with kids making problems and the town wanted it shut down. Someone else thought we wanted a blanket approval for dorms. Etc. Etc. I think that's why many people commenting are confusing issues

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    1. So u spoke to 2 people out of how many thousands?

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  12. I am Jewish. I am not Orthodox. This is not bigotry. This is turning Jackson into Lakewood. Lakewood is becoming very similar to Kew Gardens in Queens NY. I don't want my family living in Queens or Lakewood. Lakewood is not a safe place. Schools systems are poor. You can debate new houses in Lakewood all you want. Jackson is special because of the geographic layout. It is easy to say antisemitism which does exist, but it is not the majority!!! We are Jewish and Gentile hard working middle class people who do not want Jackson to see an increase in traffic, population and drop in schools. Yes you will be going to newly built Yeshiva's because who would want to send there kids to Lakewood public schools? This is nothing against the hard working teachers at Lakewood. It is a administration that has run the public school system to the ground.

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    1. I was hearing you until you got into the part about the public schools. You unknowingly, just repeated the same ant Semitic garbage of the fringe, which seems to have seeped into main stream thought in Jackson.

      Lakewood residents pay a much higher local share of school board taxes then Jackson. You can't blame the board, aside for the fact that the State Monitor has effective control, they are severely handicapped by the State short changing Lakewood.

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