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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 | 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 | November 27, 2016

See our ad in The Voice on page 261. In the public forum on page 100, the Zoning Board Chairman was interviewed. He said that Lakewood is a pro-growth town and there is nothing wrong with growth. He blamed the state, county and township for not upgrading our roads. He said that if the township starts developing paper streets then then state will see that we are serious and they will be forced to widen Route 9 (huh??). This is a common deflection routine practiced here. Blame the State. If only they widened route 9 everything would be fine! Don't fall for this. The blame lies right here. Everyone keeps on saying that with the proper infrastructure we can have growth. Well, since we don't have the proper infrastructure, why are so many large ...

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By: takebacklakewood | November 24, 2016

Take Back Lakewood was started with the purpose of stopping the high density growth that is plaguing Lakewood now. We have a wonderful town and there are many homes available for sale in Lakewood and all of the neighboring towns. The current trend is that when a developer has a lot that can fit 2 houses, he tries to squeeze in 5 houses, 5 basements and 20 cars to maximize his profit. There are laws that require certain standards and we need to step up to ensure that those laws are being adhered to. We need to let the Township Committee and the Zoning and Planning Boards know that Lakewood is getting more and more congested and the traffic is getting worse and worse. We need to slow down the growth so that a responsible plan can make sure th...

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By: takebacklakewood | November 24, 2016

Breaking news:
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 | November 24, 2016

Voice Ad - 11/24/16

In the voice this week we have an ad in the coffee room section. 


See here


There was an interview with the Chairman of the zoning board who of course blamed everything on the planning board and the township committee. He said that if we would have the right infrastructure than we can build. Well.... since we don't have the right infrastructure we should not be building now! He said that he denied 600 applications this year. The number it doesn't say is how many thousands of houses were approved both this year and in past years. 

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By: takebacklakewood | November 24, 2016

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