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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.


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 Manual An...

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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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By: takebacklakewood | January 14, 2017

Zoning Board Reorganization

On Jan 9th the Zoning Board held their reorganization meeting.  Mordechai Gross was sworn in as a new alternate member and sat on the board as Mr. Lankry will be out for several months for personal reasons. The committee voted to reappoint Mr. Halberstam as the chairman for 2017. A list of new procedures was shown with many new rules that the board is enacting. See our website for all of the rules which primarily relate to when an applicant will be allowed to push off an  application in addition to new decorum rules for both the board members and members of the public.

In the days before the meeting we pointed out a conflict where a zoning board member was applying before the board to build several dup...

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By: takebacklakewood | January 12, 2017

Here's the full Garzo complaint filed on December 22nd 2016 against Township of Lakewood, Menashe Miller, Tom Henshaw (Township Manager), Erez Holdings LLC, Erez Holdings Urban Renewal LLC and Cedarbridge Development LLC.


Garzo lays claim to 262 parcels in Lakewood Township that he inherited from his aunt that he claims were fraudulently foreclosed upon by Township of Lakewood. In 2016 there was a settlement agreement made to pay Garzo for his properties which was eventually withdrawn by the Township of Lakewood. 

The suit includes 11 charges: Fraud,Misrepresentation, Breach of Contract, Breach of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Civil Conspiracy, Slander ofTitle, Quiet Title, Conversion, Violations of N.J.S.A. 4:17 ...

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By: takebacklakewood | January 11, 2017

Every year the Planning and Zoning Boards are required to issue a report listing all of the approvals issued in the year. See below for the reports in the past few years.

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By: takebacklakewood | January 09, 2017

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By: takebacklakewood | January 09, 2017

The below was just emailed to the Township Committee, Township Manager, the  attorneys for the Township Committee and both boards and the board administrators. We look forward to positive dialogue with them addressing most if not all of these matters. 

To Mayor Coles, the committeemen and board professionals:

I know you are all busy and not necessarily aware of all that goes on at the planning and zoning boards. Many many people have been contacting us sharing constructive ideas. While observing hundreds of hours of videos of the meetings, we have noticed certain matters that seem to keep coming up as problems. Often the boards dismiss them saying that it is the township committee's ordinance that needs to be addressed. We've spent much time ...

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By: takebacklakewood | January 08, 2017

Agenda


The applications below total an astounding 189 houses, 378 families and 756 cars!!


1.  OLD BUSINESS

 

APPEAL # 3997, Casa Nova LLC, 323 2nd Street R-OP Zone.  To construct a  retail/office building. Needs parking variances. 

 

2.  NEW BUSINESS

 Appeal # 3967 – Cong. Maalos Hatorah, Block 1159 Lots 35-38, 86 & 89, Block 1159.04 Lots  25, 26, 28, 29 & 30. R-20 zone.  Use variance requested for duplexes.

38 houses where 9 are permitted. That's 74 families and 148 cars. Near Stamford Meadows on Chestnut 


 Appeal # 3998 – David Holtz, Block 338 Lot 3, James Street & Grantwood Avenue, R-12 zone  Subdivision and use variance for 2 duplexes and 4 zero lot line lots.

Duplexes are not permitted! Zoned for 1 house - applicant wants 2 dupl...

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By: takebacklakewood | January 07, 2017

Jan. 2nd Township Committee Reorganization

On January 2nd the Township Committee held their annual reorganization meeting. Albert Akerman was sworn in to a new 3 year term. A vote was held appointing Ray Coles as the Mayor. The news had initially broke in mid December but the final decision was only confirmed 30 minutes before the meeting. While in past years the vote was always unanimous, in this instance Albert Akerman voted no. He was commended by several speakers and rounds of applause for having the courage to vote his conscience and make a decision on his own. While he said he loves Coles and will work with him, a statement of disapproval needed to be made about the circumstances surrounding the appointment. When Mike Delia was called ...

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By: takebacklakewood | January 01, 2017

This coming week - 
Monday January 2nd:
11:00 - Reception at the Municipal Building 231 3rd St. 
12:00 Township Committee Re-organization meeting
Who will the mayor be in the end? Will there be a unanimous vote as there always is? 
Who will be appointed to the Planning Board to fill the retired Chairman's seat? 
Who will the new appointees to the Planning and Zoning Boards be?
Will we hear words of wisdom from our committeemen at the meeting on how they intend to respond to the calls of the public?
What will the new mayor say as to his plans for the current year?


There will be people there publicly questioning the reasons behind Mike Delia's mysterious change of mind on wanting to be mayor. As of now it is up in the air as to what will actually pl...

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By: takebacklakewood | December 31, 2016

What role does the Township Committee play?
The Township Committee (TC) in Lakewood is comprised of 5 elected officials who are elected to 3 year terms. They are each paid a salary of approximately $28,000 per year plus health benefits for the part time work that they do which includes attending two TC meetings each month in addition  to being liaisons to the various boards of the township. Each year the TC members vote on which one of them will serve as mayor for a 1 year term. The mayor is in charge of setting the agenda for the meetings and therefore has the ability to work on proposing ordinances that could promote positive changes to Lakewood if they so desire although ultimately each ordinance would need 3 votes to pass. Often, ordinan...

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By: takebacklakewood | December 24, 2016

What is our mission?
This movement was started with one goal.
To slow down the high density building that is currently taking over Lakewood in a way that is detrimental to all of the current residents. Many of the residents of Lakewood are frustrated at the frenetic pace of building that has plagued their neighborhoods. Coupled with the lack of infrastructure upgrades, this has crippled neighborhoods and the entire town with traffic that keeps on getting worse. Even with the housing that has already been approved but not yet built there are thousands of houses slated to go up in the next year or two that will drastically increase our current traffic problem. The residents of Lakewood will continue to spend more and more of their precious tim...

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By: takebacklakewood | December 22, 2016

There will be a Township Committee meeting at 3:00 PM today Thursday December 22nd. While it is difficult to attend in the middle of the day, if you are able to, please come to the meeting. Remind the Committeemen that while the public has been making their voice heard for the past few months, some on the committee have done nothing to even attempt to fix some of the problems that concern everyone. 


  • Tell the Committee that we want Mike Delia to be the mayor as previously planned. 
  • Tell the Committee that we actually want them to do something in the coming year to fix the planning and zoning boards and that we want them to work with the community to pass ordinances that will fix some of the faulty ordinances that are being abused by developer...

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By: takebacklakewood | December 19, 2016

See FAA site here with details and plans and engineers review letter for all applications. 


PUBLIC HEARING


1. SP 2215 886 River LLC River Avenue Block 1069, Lots 2 & 3 Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan to renovate existing site and expand parking lot (continued public hearing from December 6th) 

Corner of Chestnut and River Ave. Land was sold in an illegal private sale. Stop work orders were ignored....

Approved


2. SD 2160 Madison Holdings LLC East Fifth Street Block 236, Lots 23, 24, & 29 Minor Subdivision to realign lot lines for three lots. 

Variances include minimum lot size, minimum side yard setback, combined side yard setback, minimum lot width, insufficient parking

Approved


3. SP 2208 Lakeside Holdings, LLC Airport Road Block ...

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By: takebacklakewood | December 12, 2016

When a builder purchased the shopping center at Chestnut and River he wanted to turn it into a popular shopping center. The problem was that there's barely any parking. His solution was to buy a neighboring plot of land that is owned by the Township. 


When the Township has a lot of land for sale, the sales are usually open to the public and there is an auction at the Township meeting. The bidding often increases the price significantly and earns extra money for the township. In this case, the builder did not want the lot to go for a public auction where it would cost him more and he may lose the bid. 


Instead, this lot was sold at a private sale. No notice was given to the public and no one was given the opportunity to bid. If the law require...

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By: takebacklakewood | December 11, 2016

On 12/6/16, the owner of the plaza on the corner of Chestnut St & Route 9 asked the Planning Board to approve additional parking at the site. The board and the public questioned the fact that the bottom floor is not approved for retail use although the applicant is fixing the place for retail use and actually has a signed lease already. The applicant’s attorney claimed that he has the permits to do so without detail. Due to this and other concerns the board pushed the application to another date.

See the video of the application here

 

Meanwhile the building dept. began investigating the applicant’s claim of obtaining permits for change of use to retail and discovered that they were obtained by making false statements.


The building dept imm...

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By: takebacklakewood | December 07, 2016

The below email was just sent to:

  • The entire Zoning Board and their attorney
  • The entire Planning Board and their attorney
  • The entire Township Committee and their attorney
  • Several reporters
  • Hundreds of Lakewood residents


Hi All,


I was gratified to hear the zoning board chairman announce twice on Monday night see here at 55:30-57:00 that he would like to compile a list of suggested procedural changes for the zoning board to adopt in January 2017. There was mention of only allowing an applicant to carry once and that on a second request they would need to re-apply and re-notice. Mention was made of requiring them to pay the fees if an opposing attorney was made to come for no reason. This was precipitated in part by Mr. Penzer's attempts to wear down...

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By: takebacklakewood | December 06, 2016

Planning Board meeting on Tuesday night at 6:30 PM at 231 3rd Street. 


See here for pictures of the plans for each application courtesy of First Amendment activist. 


CORRESPONDENCE • 

SP 2059AA Congregation Tiferes Shmuel Corp – request to utilize synagogue full time rather than weekends only as originally proposed 


PLAN REVIEW ITEMS 
1. SP 2214 Torah Temimah of Lakewood Inc 1727 Lanes Mill Road near Alamitos. Block 187.15, Lot 14 Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan for a school and Rabbi’s dwelling Applicant has requested to carry this project to a future meeting. This application will not be heard.  


2. SP 2215 886 River LLC River Avenue Block 1069, Lots 2 & 3 Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan to renovate existing site and expand park...

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By: takebacklakewood | December 04, 2016

There was a large crowd of residents who attended and spoke up at the township committee meeting last week. I strongly encourage you to watch from 12:45 through 1:11:00 where many residents gave excellent speeches discussing the problems being caused to Lakewood by overcrowding. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h9i2-8uFRw


The township committee must have surely figured out by now that the residents of Lakewood are upset and frustrated. What are they doing about it?? It's time for them to take the reins on this and fix the planning and zoning board and pass ordinances to enhance some of our laws as well as restrict the games that are currently being played!!


More and more residents have attended meetings, courageously gotten up and questioned ...

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By: takebacklakewood | December 01, 2016

There is a wild zoning board meeting scheduled for Monday Dec 5th 7:00 PM at 231 3rd St. . 


The applications below total an astounding 228 houses, 456 families and 912 cars!!


See here for pictures of the plans for each application courtesy of First Amendment Activist. 


1. OLD BUSINESS
 
Appeal # 3991 – Aaron Finkelstein, 121 Somerset Avenue. Block 189.05 Lot 148, R-10 zone. 
  To construct a duplex on 10,145 square feet where 12,000 is required.
 
2. NEW BUSINESS
 
Appeal # 3993 – Forest Haven, New Central Avenue & Hillside Blvd. Block 11.12 Lots 1-3 & Block 11.13 Lot 1, R-15 zone.  Use variance to construct 10-2 story multi- family dwellings with basements.

Dangerous intersection - Corner of entrance to Westgate! Zoned for 4 houses, applicant...

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