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By: takebacklakewood | March 22, 2017

After the March 5th agreement signed by PRV here there was significant disagreement in PRV as many residents and even members of the board had not been consulted nor had they agreed to the arrangements in the agreement. On March 9th, a meeting open to all PRV residents was held and a public vote was held on a new agreement. The residents voted in favor of the new agreement. 


See the new agreement signed on March 10th here.

The primary changes in the new agreement are:

1) There will be no entrances to the Shopping Center on Pine Street. The only entrance will be on Ave of the States. The proposed entrance from Cedarbridge (if Vine is not able to be opened) was eliminated. 

2) The PRV association will not only not oppose, but they...

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By: takebacklakewood | March 21, 2017

There will be a planning board public hearing on Tuesday March 21st at 6:00.

The meeting will be streamed live on a new First Amendment Activist Live Channel here. You can also call in to hear the live meeting at 712-432-4263


See the official agenda here

Here is an official Planning Board link with all of the documents for each application


6. PUBLIC HEARING 

1. SP 1957A Beth Medrash Govoha of America Forest Ave & Carey Street Block 63, Lots 1 & 4 Extension of Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan for a school campus 

There is a previous approval in 2011 for an addition which would attach the 2 existing buildings and add a dormitory. Applicant is requesting two 1 year extensions to the approval....

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By: takebacklakewood | March 18, 2017

Do our elected officials simply not care?

In the past, Township Committee meetings were pretty boring. An audience of 5-10 members sat quietly watching the meeting proceed at a rapid pace with virtually no one knowing what was being voted on at the meeting. At our encouragement, people are now more informed than ever. Crowds of people attend the Township Committee meetings and many speak from the podium on issues related to density, traffic and the resulting decrease in quality of life. The videos of the meetings which are both streamed live and available via a telephone hookup at 712-432-4263 receive over 1,500 views.


Our elected officials appeared to take notice. At the 10/6/16 Township Committee meeting Mayor Miller made the following ...

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By: takebacklakewood | March 16, 2017

There will be a township committee meeting tonight at 7:30. See the agenda here. See the full 58 page packet with details on the ordinances here


The meeting will be streamed live on a new First Amendment Activist Live Channel here. You can also call in to hear the live meeting at 712-432-4263


The workshop session begins at 6:00 upstairs and the public may attend. Topics for discussion at the workshop are:

1. Pilot Program

2. Street Name Change

3. Planning Board - Discussing parking ordianance suggestions from the planning board

4. Assessor’s Parking

5. Route 88 Paving

6. The voice- advertising

7. County signal request - Discussing a request for a traffic light at Miller and Central

8. Zoning - Discussing...

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By: takebacklakewood | March 11, 2017

Zoning Board Meeting Review

On Monday night there was a zoning board meeting. At the meeting which ended past 11:00 PM, no applications were approved!  An application for 51 townhouses on 5 lots on W. County Line (near Pawnee) was denied with a unanimous vote after numerous neighbors spoke up in opposition. It was an excellent example of how a neighborhood came out to the meeting and spoke in opposition causing the board to deny the application that would have added heavy density to their area. An application for 4 duplexes (8 houses, 16 families and 32 cars) was denied with a unanimous vote after several people spoke in opposition. The message is starting to get out that neighbors can oppose applications in their neighborhood and get ...

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By: takebacklakewood | March 08, 2017

On January 9th we emailed the township committee a list of 16 ideas and suggestions that if enacted into ordinances could enhance the process related to development in a positive way. 


At the time, Mayor Coles responded thanking us for the suggestions saying that he will discuss them with the attorneys and with the committee. He re-assured us that he will 'take every one of them seriously'. Since then, we've kept track of what the township has and has not done to attempt to address these easy fixes. The results aren't too pretty. We emailed the Mayor for comment but he chose not to respond. 


The bolded portions below are our added comments as of March 8th. 2 months later have gone by and it appears that the committee has little inte...

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By: takebacklakewood | March 06, 2017

Live Stream

https://youtu.be/0BTbcAEFaTE
Dial in number to listen in: 712-432-4263

See the official agenda here


OAK STREET CORE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT SUBDIVISIONS

10 Oak Street subdivisions for fast-track approvals.


PUBLIC HEARING


1. SD 2176 Tovia Halpern Woodland Drive Block 12.07, Lot 28 Minor Subdivision to create two lots Many variances

Denied


2. SP 2220 Pine Holdings, LLC Pine Street Block 961.01, Lot 5 Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan for a daycare

Approved - Proposed entrance to Pine St was removed


3. SP 2226 Bnos Devorah Oak Street Block 1154, Lot 1.01 Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan for a day care

Approved - Required to pave part of Vermont


4. SP 2225 Yosef Notis James Street Block 284.06, Lot 23 Preliminary and Final Maj...

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By: takebacklakewood | March 06, 2017

While billboards may seem like yesterday's news, we just obtained incriminating documents that show that what looked like a simple change of mind in regard to billboards - goes a lot deeper. It speaks to whether the votes cast by the township committee are for the benefit of the residents of Lakewood, or for the benefit of the few elite. 


 In July 2013 resolution 2013-51 was passed allowing electronic billboards in Lakewood. In June 2014, resolution 2014-31 was passed repealed 2013-51 with no explanation given. 


On June 2, 2016, the Township held a closed bidding only for qualified bidders for 5 electronic billboards. While their intention was for TLS to win, things went sour when Elray Advertising from Brooklyn unexpectedly wo...

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By: takebacklakewood | March 05, 2017

Dial in number to listen in: 712-432-4263

See the official agenda here

 

Appeal # 4014 – Aharon Mansour, 801 Park Avenue, Block 230 Lot 14, R-10 zone.  Single family with front yard setback variance requested.

Carried to a future meeting for redesign

 

Appeal # 3958A – Clearview Equities, Block 855.01 Lots 21, 34.03, 36 & 37, R-20/M-2 zone Major subdivision

Cul de sac on Pine St just east of Albert. 8 houses, 16 families and 32 cars

 Carried to a future meeting


Appeal # 3990 – Shlomo Kanarek, West County Line Road, Block 2 Lots 2, 3, 24, 51 & 58,  R-12 zone. Use variance for townhomes.

Rezone to turn 4 lots into 51 townhouses!! Not allowed in the zone. County Line just east of Pawnee.

Denied - Unanimous d...

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By: takebacklakewood | March 05, 2017

Update - On March 10th, a new agreement was signed rendering this agreement null and void.  See here


Pine River Village (PRV) has come to a bad agreement with Cedarbridge and Lakewood Shopping Village (LSV). While Somerset Walk was originally a party to this agreement (and is listed in the draft below), they have since been removed from the final agreement that will be signed today. We will update the agreement here later today once it is signed. 


As Donald Trump would say - this is a terrible deal and we have bad negotiators. While Pine River Village was hoping for many concessions, they were left with a stripped down deal that gave them virtually nothing with minimal guarantees. 


The key points of the agreement are:

a)All store...

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By: takebacklakewood | March 05, 2017

Donations can be made 100% anonymously. 

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By: takebacklakewood | March 03, 2017

Master Plan Subcommittee meetings

On Tuesday night, a large crowd gathered at town hall for a meeting of the master plan subcommittee for housing density. Many people from both the Orthodox and Senior communities came to the meeting and expressed a desire for no more density. Unfortunately, some of the sub-committee members refused to go on the record acknowledging that we need to stop all rezoning and need to reduce density. People questioned how a lawyer who represents developers can sit on a board that may be advocating for increased density. The board stressed that they are just a sub-committee that presents suggestions that may or may not be listened to. The public implored them to ensure that their suggestions restrict density rather ...

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By: takebacklakewood | March 02, 2017

First time ever - Dial in number to listen in: 712-432-4263 

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By: takebacklakewood | March 01, 2017

While at the last township committee meeting an ordinance allowing 5 electronic billboards died, shockingly it is back on the agenda for this Thursday's Township Committee meeting.


This is an attempt by The Lakewood Scoop (#fakenews) to manipulate our elected officials into passing an ordinance that will enable him to create a safety hazard around town. 


It is frustrating to see that just 2 weeks after their last attempt, this is back on the agenda yet a 4th time!! It calls into question the level of trust that we should place on our elected officials to act in the interest of the residents of Lakewood and not just for the select few. 


Please email the committeemen and tell them to vote NO!! on digital billboards!!

Mayor Ray Coles ...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 27, 2017

The Housing Density Subcommittee of the Master Plan Committee will be meeting on Tuesday Feb. 28 at 6:00 in the Municipal Building at 231 3rd Street.

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By: takebacklakewood | February 26, 2017

In a previous post we highlighted what happens when parking variances are given. Lest you be fooled into thinking that as long as there are no variances everything is okay, read on.


In April 2012, the Planning Board approved the beautiful Hertzka Beis Medrash on the site of the former Bais Eliyahu at 7th and Private Way. The ordinance for a shul requires parking based on the size of the sanctuary.

a. 800 to 1999 square feet: 1.0 space for every 100 sq. ft. 

b. 2000 to 2999 square feet: 1.25 spaces for every 100 sq. ft. 

c. 3000+ square feet: 1.50 spaces for every 100 sq. ft.


A Beis Medrash of this size would surely require many spots. In addition, a BMG Bais Medrash has 1 person sitting every few feet an...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 26, 2017

Imagine living in an area zoned for single family houses on large lots, and waking up one day to hundreds of duplexes on small lots or office buildings or shopping centers where they were not previously allowed. Well surely you would have been informed about the zoning change right?


Apparently, not in Lakewood! 


For many years the Township Committee passed ordinances changing zones in Lakewood without sending notices by mail to properties within 200 feet as required by law. The majority of these changes were made to allow increased density and residential in zones that previously did not allow it. If the township committee is changing the zone that is in your area, you are entitled by law to know about it so that you have an opportunity ...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 25, 2017

Master Plan Subcommittee meetings

The Downtown Subcommittee of the Master Plan Committee will be meeting on Monday Feb. 27 at 6:00 in the Municipal Building.


The Housing Density Subcommittee of the Master Plan Committee will be meeting on Tuesday Feb. 28 at 6:00 in the Municipal Building at 231 3rd Street.


What is the master plan and how does it affect our town?

Every 10 years the township is supposed to create a new master plan with a vision that will guide the town in the coming years. There is an overall Master Plan Committee with approximately 15 members which is broken into various smaller subcommittees each with a specific focus. The subcommittees include: Housing Density, Parks & Open Space, Transportation, Downtown, Land For ...

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By: takebacklakewood | February 24, 2017

15 America Ave (corner of New Hampshire)


Engineer’s review letter

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