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By: takebacklakewood | May 06, 2017

Monday May 8th at 6:00—Master Plan Committee Meeting

The long awaited moment is here. While until now the Master Plan Subcommittees have met, now the main Master Plan Committee will finally be meeting. On Monday May 8th at 6:00, the Master Plan Committee will meet. This committee is critical to the future of Lakewood as they will be devising a plan to guide Lakewood into the next decade.

Come to the meeting and present the accurate viewpoint which is not simply ‘anti-growth’ but simply pro quality of life and normalcy and tranquility. The dense construction has been hurting our town for years and it needs to stop now!!

 

Tuesday May 9th at 6:00—Planning Board Meeting

Although a Planning Board meeting was scheduled for 4/25 and a numbe...

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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 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 | 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 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 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 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 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 duplex...

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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 | 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, or...

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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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