Thursday, June 29, 2017

County Line Developers Band Together To Appeal Judges Ruling

After the judge null and voided the 2013 County Line rezoning ordinance (which changed the zoning from residential to commercial) the developers have banded together to intervene and repeal the ruling.


The developers seem to realize that they have very little legal standing within the judicial system and have chosen instead to drown Mr. Michael and Cathy Stillwell - who brought on the original lawsuit, with legal fees hoping it will cause them to drop the case.


Rumors on the street is that many in the neighborhood who were glad to hear that the judge had finally restored law and order, are extremely upset at this latest development.


Is there no shame anymore?


Hopefully common sense and justice will prevail and the judge will null and void this appeal as well. See the attached Part 1 of the lawsuit, more to follow.




21 comments:

  1. People should band together and Open up a crowfund account to support the stillwels at this difficult time.

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  2. I;m sure the developers don't want the plaintiffs to have to lose any money, just as they themselves don't want to lose any money (which is why they are rightfully appealing - even though I hope they lose).

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  3. There should be a fund raiser to help the Stillwells out. They are fighting for the quality of life for all residents along County Line, they deserve our support!

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  4. This is an abuse of the legal system by the developers. They are harassing and intimidating the Stillwells because they had the audacity to want the zoning law followed.

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  5. It seems that you believe the legal system only works if it agrees with your way of thinking. I have no knowledge of anything here but if a developer spent millions of dollars in reliance of a township,ordinance he is certainly within his rights both legally and logically ,to protect his investment by appealing to the courts. There is not one commenter on this site that would just sit back and watch his money go down the drain because they don't want to hurt the poor Stillwells. These types of comments just take away any credibility that you guys might have.

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  6. If the developers lose, they will sue the Township. So the Township, not wanting to lose millions, will just make a new ordinance switching it back to commercial.

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    1. Their plan is the same as Flowing White Milk, LLC. They want the Judge to tell them they can go into behind-closed-doors arbitration where they can "negotiate" a deal with the Township and get the Judge to issue a stamp of approval, which will in effect screw all the residents.

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  7. As Usual, the only winners are the lawyers...

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  8. Yes, If the lot you spent a lot of money to build a house legally was overturned 5 years later no longer allowing construction that would be considered just? Not every person that buys a piece of property is a "corrupt developer". Everyone has a right to buy properties based on prevailing law without having to fear some sham sponsored lawsuit will damage them because the township doesn't care.

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    1. You give a poor excuse for allowing an illegal activity to win the day.

      Every real estate investor knows that they must always conduct a full and thorough due diligence before any action on a land deal - and even then, a good investor should always expect that there may be more unexpected surprises in the market which will have a positive or negative impact on the venture. You try your best, but always know at the outset that anything can happen.

      This is even more true in Lakwood, where every one is profoundly aware that with the current Committee-men, proper due diligence should include checking out the purported Ordinance itself to see if it's truly legal.

      But even without this Judicial Order invalidating the illegal ordinance action which directly injured the residents, it's simple as day that these SPECULATORS were doing just that - they all bought on what the real estate industry clearly defines as SPECULATION. And the residents & taxpayers should absolutely not be on the hook because a SPECULATOR wants to make a nice profit.

      Perhaps when we get different members onto the Township Committee, we can all start fellong more protected. That is, both the residents AND the developers.

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    2. Not in Lakewood, here you have to take into account that the boards act illegally as seen by the judges ruling

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  9. Chillul hashem at it's best even if they don't want to see their money go down the drain

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    1. Honestly they are within their rights the major avla is on the corrupt board that passed it without notice

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  10. Nuts. Why is it a chulilul Hashem to ask a an appeals court to protect your investment?

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  11. Can anyone explain why TLS doesn't mention this?

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    1. Cause TLS joined the corrupt Lakewood VAAD which now makes TLS Corrupt cause they will only post stories that put a good name for the vaad AND ITS MEMBERS businesses

      Such a chillul Hashem from frum yidden that claim they run this town.....

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  12. I dont own any property in Lakewood besides my home. If people bought properties based on current zoning they have a very valid claim

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    1. No they do not. The real eatate industry is an everchanging and fluctuating market with ups and downs, and nothing is ever guaranteed in this business. Period.

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    2. The up a and downs are market conditions. No developer has to assume that a zoning ordinance will be overturned. Banks always wait for 45 days so the appeal,period expires before they lend money in a project . If there's was a chance of an ordinance getting overturned they would not lend money.

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    3. Anon 4:25 -

      You are dead wrong and your argument is very weak.

      The "ups" and "downs" in the "market" include everything and anything that has an impact on the real estate deal an investor engages in.

      Again, this includes changes in interest rates, price of construction material, cost of labor, neighborhood demographics, unforeseen changes in real estate related and other laws, unforeseen changes in zoning designations & planning regulations, unexpected government takings, changes in the commercial tenant market, changes in the tenant's business industry, the list of factors goes on and on.. Simply put, the future worth of any property you purchase is never guaranteed and there are NO pre-existing factors that can be fully relied upon.

      In fact, many banks have indeed failed because of their real estate loan portfolio gone sour, due to these and many more unforeseen circumstances. At times, it was even discovered that the lending officers chose to turn a blind eye to certain risks, just so they can make themselves a nice commission. After all, banks are also investors which engage in loan ventures & assume risks in order to make themselves more money.

      Most lending institutions may indeed have good underwriters which seek to minimize the level of risk undertaken for *only as much as they have an ability to control* – but after all is said and done, the banks are also in effect SPECULATING, and they are fully aware at the outset that they can never fully rely on the regulatory landscape, or control the future with regard to any of the aforementioned risks.

      If these investors/developers wish for a "more reliable" regulatory environment, they should vote in more competent Committeemen which won't disregard NJ's Statutory laws and then get their illegal Ordinances voided by the court.

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  13. What happened to my second comment?

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