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By: takebacklakewood | December 07, 2017

At the Township Committee meeting tonight, 3 committeemen made the decision to drastically decrease the quality of life for all of Lakewood's residents. 


After their attempt to make the Master Plan even worse than it is already was caught and halted, they slunk back and put together an  ordinance that matches the Planning Boards Master Plan with no explanation for why they tried to sneak in bad changes. 


Regardless, the Master Plan is still a disaster for Lakewood. It will add thousands of houses to already congested roads. It is the exact opposite of what Lakewood needs right now. 


While Lichtenstein wisely stayed away from the meeting, numerous OPRA requests show that he had a heavy hand in influencing the Master Plan.......

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By: takebacklakewood | December 06, 2017

Amazing article in the Yated this week! The mainstream publications are finally waking up and allowing people to see the truth!


The Township Committee meeting is Thursday night at 7:30 Sharp. 


Come to the meeting and speak up!!

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By: takebacklakewood | November 22, 2017

The circus continues! At tonight's planning board meeting, the board pointed out that:

1) T&M clearly ignored their explicit instructions when writing up the final wording in the Master Plan

2)While T&M was finalizing the Master Plan, they were simultaneously drafting conflicting ordinances for the Township Committee!!


It became abundantly clear that the Township Committee will be passing ordinances that are NOT in line with the Master Plan just days after the Master Plan is finalized!


Amazingly, the most current finalized draft of the Master Plan consists of:

10/25 board motion as memorialized by T&M changes as amended with handwritten notes at the 11/22 board motion. The Master Plan on the Township site is outdated and there is cur...

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By: takebacklakewood | November 21, 2017

Thank goodness for OPRA!!


Download the below file and using the play by play below, read the tale of how the Township Committee is duping the Planning Board and perpetrating a huge scam on the Lakewood Community.


Tuesday night Nov 21st the Planning Board is slated to vote on the Final Master Plan. On October 25th they voted to 'approve' the Master Plan subject to numerous revisions. T&M then took the liberty to pick and choose what to implement in the final version which has not yet been voted on!! Whether or not the Planning Board agreed with the final document - they had no choice! In the Interim, the Township Committee has already voted on ordinances to implement the bad parts of the Master Plan without the good parts!!


Remember when B...

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By: takebacklakewood | October 25, 2017

The Planning Board voted to approve the Master Plan with numerous changes.


While there were numerous positive changes made - this Master Plan will still go down as the cause of major gridlock in the South Lakewood area.

Kudos to Follman for voting no. We are pleased that the end result is significantly better than the original plan and yet we know that this Master Scam will lead to thousands of houses and extreme congestion. At least we got major concessions & huge road improvement requirements.


Eagle Ridge (and other areas in R-40 zones of 100+ undeveloped acres) can have either senior housing (as currently allowed), or 3.6 units per gross acres.


The Cross area lot that has a campus ordinance approval for 300 units in apartment buildings...

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By: takebacklakewood | October 24, 2017

On November 7th - Vote Mike Delia and Mike Berman! Mike and Mike. 

Time for Coles to retire.


In other news, a newly released video shows the VAAD violating NJ Electioneering Laws at the BMG Voting Station. 

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By: takebacklakewood | October 23, 2017

Final Master Plan Vote on Wednesday October 25th at 6:00.

Official Summary of changes


At the October 3rd meeting, the Planning Board voted to have T&M draft significant changes to the Master Plan. Those changes were strongly welcomed by us.


Alas, T&M Associates (The 'Professional Planners' tasked with drafting the Master Plan) answers to a higher power! Although they received clear instructions by the Planning Board, T&M went off and befuddled their instructions as per secret instructions given to them by the person who really controls them. See below for how T&M manipulated the planning board's instructions.


Planning Board vote: Dualize Cross , Prospect and Massachusets, add turning lanes to Rt. 9 and only  afterward...

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By: takebacklakewood | October 22, 2017

A final hearing on the Master Plan will be held on Wednesday October 25th at 6:00. This is a special hearing devoted to the Master Plan.


Memo Summarizing the Changes

This memorandum summarizes and identifies the changes to the draft 2017 Lakewood Township Master Plan requested by the Planning Board at the master plan public hearing on October 3rd. A revised map and text revisions are provided as an attachment to this memorandum for the Board’s review.


The Planning Board requested that the following revisions to the draft master plan prior to a final vote:

1. Proposed Land Use Plan, Figure LU-4. The proposed R-10 SFD and R-10C designations in the southwest sector of the Township are revised and replaced with an R-12 designation. In addition, a...

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By: takebacklakewood | October 04, 2017

Video of the Meeting


Breaking News:

In what can only be described as a tremendous win, many significant changes occurred tonight at the Planning Board.

The Board did NOT vote to approve the plan tonight as is (much to the consternation of JF, Y.H,  Mayor Coles, ML and AK). JF and YH came all ready to approve the plan as is with no changes and they refused to allow the public to speak. Their attempt at a motion died when no one else went along with it. 


Chaos and confusion reigned as motion after motion was made and withdrawn. Follman asked many strong pointed questions forcing the board to see the folly of the current draft of the plan. When the Professional Planners were asked point blank - How many units would this Master Plan add -...

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By: takebacklakewood | October 02, 2017

Earlier today we made a shocking discovery. As part of the Master Plan, Lakewood wants to receive 'Plan Endorsement' from NJ State. In a letter issued by NJ State in February 2016, a condition on page 5 was that Lakewood acknowledges that the State does not have the funds to widen Route 9 in the foreseeable future. 

That means that in order to have the Master Plan accepted by the State, we need to concede that Route 9 will not get widened!!

From NJ Planning Commission Letter

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By: takebacklakewood | October 02, 2017

The Planning Board and Township Committee are desperate to get this passed ASAP but they won't explain why. They are scheduled for a vote Tuesday night October 3rd. They are hoping to obtain the State's approval termed as 'Plan Endorsement'.


So what's the rush?
Since no one in the Township will be upfront about it, we had to do a little digging.

The NJ State Planning Commission Lists Lakewood as Endorsed, but "No mapping until the PIA is addressed". That means that a conditional Plan endorsement was granted but until the Master Plan is completed and the ordinances enacted by the township committee, they won't obtain the coveted plan endorsement. 

We'll tell you a little secret - the is no 'need' to get plan endorsement!! T...

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By: takebacklakewood | October 02, 2017

https://www.change.org/p/lakewood-master-plan-committee-stop-density-in-lakewood-nj


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By: takebacklakewood | September 14, 2017

At the 10/6/16 Township Committee meeting at minute 24:38, http://youtu.be/rCj7_0DlDQQ Mayor Miller made the following announcement:


“As far as I’m concerned – my message out there – I’m done with all the density – I’m done with any additional rezoning – as far as I’m concerned under my watch as the mayor there is not going to be any rezoning from this committee – I defer to the master plan committee – but I think the sentiment out there is that we’re at capacity. We’re really at capacity and I kind of agree with you.”


See also from minute 35:00 until the end where the committee voiced an opposition to further density in Lakewood.


At 39:30 a motion was unanimously passed instructing committeeman Akerman to send a letter to Justin...

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By: takebacklakewood | September 14, 2017

Township Meetings are now live streamed by Lakewood Township!!


www.lakewoodnj.gov/live

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By: takebacklakewood | September 13, 2017

Master Plan

Over the last 9 months, the Master Plan has gone through various stages.

Subcommittee Level

Initially, subcommittees were appointed. Coincidentally, the Density Subcommittee was rife with conflicts of interest skewed toward developers. The Subcommittee met and issued a draft report recommending no increases in Density. Inexplicably, after the 3 members with no conflicts fell ill, the remaining members (developers and their accomplices) met twice more in closed door meetings illegally locking the public out. In those meetings they voted to approve numerous zoning changes to increase density.

Master Plan Committee

Next, the Master Plan Committee met to discuss the plan. At those meetings, hundreds of residents packed the room an...

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By: takebacklakewood | September 13, 2017

The 4 Master Plan meetings were completed. A vote on the Master Plan will take place on October 3rd. 

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By: takebacklakewood | September 13, 2017

Final Planning Board Master Plan meeting Wednesday night September 13th at 6:00


Hi, 


I'm reaching out to you at this critical last moment. After many meetings it's now extremely clear - the public in Lakewood does NOT want this!!!!

This is a one sided Master Plan that gives the developers all of the upside with only veiled hints at requests for better building standards.

Something to think about - when a single application comes to the board - a lawyer presents all of the angles, you weigh everything carefully and hear the neighbors before making a careful decision. 

With the Master Plan - none of you fully understand the precise implications of what you are being asked to approve.  
  • How many units are they asking you to appro...

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By: takebacklakewood | September 11, 2017

CRITICAL FINAL MEETINGS!!!

Tuesday September 12, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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By: takebacklakewood | September 03, 2017

Draft Master Plan Report

Here is the 326 page draft master plan document.

Here is a map showing all of the proposed zoning changes.


The Planning Board will hold 4 public hearings to discuss the Master Plan and eventually vote on either adopting it as is or sending it back to T&M with requested revisions. The final version will be sent to the Township Committee.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 6:00.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 

Tuesday September 12, 2017 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017  


The master plan is full of statements referencing a need for more housing to accommodate another hundred thousand residents which we all know is impossible. It uses an old mindset of a need to build more and more and doesn't recognize that we'v...

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