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By: takebacklakewood | February 18, 2017

How Lakewood allowed a 'shopping mall' at Cedarbridge


At the close of a public hearing in January during which residents criticized a large shopping center proposed for the Cedarbridge development, Committeeman Issac Akerman addressed the crowd and apologized.


It was not the intention of the township committee, he said, to allow a developer affiliated with Lakewood’s largest yeshiva to build a nearly 200,000-square-foot shopping plaza, called Lakewood Shopping Village, in a growing part of town struggling with traffic congestion.


"When we approved retail, we were told it would keep traffic off Route 9,” Akerman said at the meeting. “We didn't know it would lead to a shopping mall."


But plans filed with the Lakewood Plan...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 17, 2017

Lakewood Shopping Village Hearing Postponed

The traffic report for the proposed shopping center showed that there will be no traffic problem caused by building the shopping center. Many residents at the Township Committee meeting expressed doubts about the validity of the traffic study.  On Wednesday morning the Planning Board’s traffic expert completed a review of the Cedarbridge traffic report and issued a report with 10 comments on the traffic study. Due to these comments,  it was announced on Wednesday afternoon that the applicant is  pushing off their application (possibly to March 7th) and the application will not be heard as previously scheduled on Feb 21st. See both the applicants traffic report and the planning board...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 17, 2017

As reported here in the WSJ.  If they can do it, why can't Lakewood do it too? Lakewood should ban all variances and zoning changes for a few years! At the very least, make it a ballot question for the voters to decide!


Los Angeles Looks to Ban Major Real-Estate Developments 
Supporters of a ballot measure say it will give residents more say in planning; opponents counter it will worsen affordability problems

LOS ANGELES—Voters in the second-largest U.S. city are considering a measure that could effectively halt major real-estate projects, the most extreme example yet of a revolt against development that is breaking out across the country.

A boom in luxury development over the last five years has transformed urban America, ...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 16, 2017

See here for the traffic study performed for Lakewood Shopping Village. 

See here for comments issued by the planning board's traffic expert from Remmington and Vernick listing the problems


The application was removed from the agenda for the 2/21 meeting as the applicant wants a chance to respond to the comments on the report. It will likely be heard on 3/7 instead. 

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By: takebacklakewood | February 14, 2017

1) The Planning Board has voted down the County Line Redevelopment and the mayor has assured us that the Township Committee will abide by that and will not go forward with the planned 'rehabilitation'

2) There is a township committee meeting Weds 2/15 at 7:30 (rescheduled from last week). See here for the agenda with our write up. We will tweet a live link when the meeting is beginning at https://twitter.com/takebacklkwd

A letter was seen hanging up in BMG regarding Cedarbridge. See below. Here is an interview in Yiddish with Jack Mueller of Cedarbridge attempting to further spin the story. At minute 1:30 he says that they paid a lot of money for the land and that people who spread rumors that they got it for free are lying. We question wh...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 13, 2017

Video of the meeting    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azd7SgStU30


Consent Agenda

(standard procedural resolutions that don't need 2 readings like an ordinance does):

#8 - Awarding contract for electronic billboards

Voted down

#15 - At a recent meeting, the lawyer representing Cedarbridge Shopping Village (Gross) was hired by Lakewood Township to help with legal obstacles to get Vine St opened. (Yes LKWD TWP is paying the Cedarbridge lawyer for improvements to enable the mall to get approved). Now they are rescinding his contract and hiring a different lawyer for Vine St.

#17 - Referring an amendment to zoning regulations to the planning board for review. A hotel was recently approved on Route 70 in the B-5 zone. Subsequ...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 11, 2017

County Line Rehabilitation struck down!!

On Tuesday Feb. 7th, the Planning Board was presented with a request to declare E. County Line Road in need of ‘Rehabilitation’. According to the Township Attorney Harold Hensel, the objective is to encourage new commercial buildings along E. County Line. It appears that there are (at least) 13 commercial buildings slated to go up in the area and they are hoping to get tax abatements. They claim that the tax abatements will encourage development of new office space.

Many residents from all ends of E. County Line came to the meeting and spoke passionately in opposition to ‘rehabilitation’. County Line currently has tremendous traffic and there’s no reason to encourage any new development! Mr. Hensel mai...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 08, 2017


Last weeks meeting was rescheduled for Weds. Feb 15th at 7:30


Consent Agenda

(standard procedural resolutions that don't need 2 readings like an ordinance does):


#8 - Awarding contract for electronic billboards


#15 - At a recent meeting, the lawyer representing Cedarbridge Shopping Village (Gross) was hired by Lakewood Township to help with legal obstacles to get Vine St opened. (Yes LKWD TWP is paying the Cedarbridge lawyer for improvements to enable the mall to get approved). Now they are rescinding his contract and hiring a different lawyer for Vine St.


#17 - Referring an amendment to zoning regulations to the planning board for review. A hotel was recently approved on Route 70 in the B-5 zone. Subsequently they realized that the B-5 says ...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 08, 2017

WOW!!! In a historic low for censorship of the press....


Yesterday TLS was in heavy censorship mode and many people who posted comments against the spin article had their IP address blocked by TLS. People who posted our rebuttal on twitter found their twitter feeds blocked by TLS.

The one thing that he could not control was the likes and dislikes feature. There were many dislikes on each pro comment (90+) and many likes on each anti comment. This morning - the entire function of liking or disliking a comment was removed from the site entirely since that was the only way for TLS to pretend that everyone is happy with the interview. Hey if there are no dislikes then everyone must like it right??

This is a big part of the problem. With...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 07, 2017

See the Lakewood Scoop spin article on Cedarbridge

This was also posted on Matzav but then they pulled the article (perhaps realizing the factual errors).

TBL - When seeing this article with much misinformation, I am compelled to respond to correct the record with some facts. I have nothing against the yeshiva and I hope they are matzliach in ruchniyos and gashmiyus but they need to finally begin to take into account the needs of the residents of Lakewood. Our intention in aiding the concerned residents opposed to the shopping Village was not to discuss the free gift of 240 acres, rather to oppose the building of retail shopping and insist that the original agreement of office buildings was kept to. With the release of this interview we are ...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 06, 2017

Resolution Adopting Planning Board Rules and Regulations for 2017

New rules were adopted by the planning board. See the rules here

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By: takebacklakewood | February 05, 2017

Link to official agenda

Correspondence: 

Letter from Chanoch Herskowitz, Appeal # 3956 requesting that conditions be removed and/or amended from the resolutions.    850 Morris Avenue Block 426 Lot 8, Approved a side yard setbacks for new single family home.

Resolution: Allowed to paint the foundation and put in trees but not required to install sprinklers. 


New business:

Appeal # 3978 – Gefen Construction, Block 431 Lot 7.01 & 7.02, 16 Finchley Blvd. HD – 6  zone.  Conditional use variance for duplex. 

Just off Route 9. Previously incorrectly approved administratively without a hearing. 

Approved

 

Appeal # 4009 – Joshua Schwartzman, 308 Cedarbridge Avenue, Block 762 Lot 19, R-7.5  zone. Use ...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 04, 2017

This coming week has 3 public meetings with the Zoning, Planning and Township Committee each holding a meeting. To give readers an idea of what type of applications are being presented at the meetings, see a brief synopsis below.  Many applicants have been pushing off their applications numerous times so the meetings have very few applications as developers hope to ride out the wave and sneak in their large applications once (they hope) the  scrutiny dies down. See further details on the agendas on our website and at firstamendmentactivist.blogspot.com.


Mon. Feb. 6th Zoning Board 7:00

#3978—1 Duplex on Finchley Blvd close to River Ave. This was approved in 2016 without going to the planning board after the engineer made a mistake in...

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By: takebacklakewood | January 28, 2017

Jan 19th Township Committee meeting

On Thursday January 19th, many dozens of residents attended the Township Committee meeting to speak their minds on the unimpeded growth that is plaguing Lakewood. Many people had contacted us in the past saying that they were afraid to speak up but now that so many people have joined forces in demanding from the elected officials that they change the status quo, there is no longer any stigma associated with speaking up.

Many residents of Pine River Village attended and spoke up about the proposed mall at Pine and Ave. of the Americas. They spoke of the current extreme traffic up and down Pine St. and all of the arteries off of Pine.  They spoke of the small street that Pine St is and that it is in a re...

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By: takebacklakewood | January 21, 2017

Can we stop the race to 220K?

When we started this movement at the end of September 2016,  many people were skeptical. Over the past number of years Lakewood had been in a heavy growth mode and nothing seemed to be stopping it. While it is nice that many people were and are interested in moving to Lakewood, we’ve all begun to realize that we need to take a serious look at where the community is headed. In order for Lakewood to continue to be a vibrant Town where people can expect a reasonable quality of life and not spend a growing amount of time in traffic, changes need to be made.  This growing movement and the reaction by the boards and committee is a testament to the virtually unanimous understanding that the growth of the past...

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By: takebacklakewood | January 19, 2017

1) Tonight at 7:30 PM there will be a township committee meeting. They start on time and the public portion begins right at the beginning of the meeting. The meetings usually last just one hour.

Agenda



There will likely be a significant crowd there addressing many important topics including the planned shopping center in Cedarbridge, and the mayoral manipulation. Please attend if possible as there will likely be a lot of exciting action!


The meeting will be streamed live starting at 7:30 PM and can be accessed in this post if you return here at 7:30.


2) An item on the agenda for a first reading reads:

Ordinance Of The Township Of Lakewood, County Of Ocean, State Of NewJersey, Adopting The Updated Township Personnel Polices And Procedures Man...

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By: takebacklakewood | January 16, 2017

PUBLIC HEARING


1. SD 2180 590 Atlantic Ave LLC Belmont Avenue Block 378, Lot 1.09 Preliminary and Final Major Subdivision to create 2 lots

Brian Flannery, Variance needed for minimum lot width

Approved


2. SD 2185 Mark Properties, LLC Netherwood Drive Block 435, Lot 6 Minor Subdivision to create 2 lots

Biltmore Road is only 20 feet wide - dangerously small

Approved conditional on making sure the unsafe roadway is somehow resolved


3. SD 2169 Locust Holdings, LLC Evergreen Boulevard Block 1086, Lots 9-14 Preliminary and Final Major Subdivision to create twenty lots

Subdividing 6 lots into 20 lots! 20 houses (10 duplexes), 40 families and 80 cars!! Missing sidewalks. Building a road and calling it a driveway!!

Carried to a future meeting


4. SD 2173 ...

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