Wait what??? Yes - you read that correctly. 9 months ago a judge ruled to strike out the traffic improvements and uphold the remainder of the zoning changes!!
Well, while the ruling was surprising, surely the township appealed the ruling and pleaded their case to uphold the Master plan as intended right? NOPE! There was no appeal nor attempt to fight this odd ruling.
Shockingly, in all this time, no one was even aware of this ruling. Well - surely the Mayor and Township Committee and Planning Board knew about it right? After all, it was a lawsuit against Lakewood Township, Lakewood's lawyer was involved in drafting a response and Lakewood lost big in a way that will have a major detrimental impact on the Cross St. Area. Surely the people in Charge of Lakewood knew about this right??
Incredibly - it turns out that until today, Mayor Ray Coles and other Township Committee members knew nothing about this lawsuit!! WHAT?????
How is it possible that the Townships Attorney Hensel and Secare acted on a lawsuit without informing the mayor and Township Committee? It is mind boggling!
Well, obviously there was one Township Committeeman who knew about it. Yes, you guessed it - the one who was on the Master Plan committee, was involved in telling T&M how to draft the ordinances, does Real Estate work for Mizrachi etc. Yes - our good friend M. L. knew all about this lawsuit and ensured that no one else on the committee knew about it until the time for appeal had passed.
There are many other problems with the plans.
The traffic study was taken in early 2017 with a predicted annual growth rate of 1.5%.
Many roadways were tested at a level F.
The reports say there will be 3,665 new residents (6.5 people per house) but only 733 schoolchildren (1.3 per house??).
The new houses without road improvement will cripple traffic in the entire area.
And most importantly - how in the world did the Mayor and Township Committee only learn about this today!!!!!
Clearly a deliberate cover-up took place here!
They are playing the entire town for fools while they now apply to the Planning Board for approval.
This entire lawsuit took a short time and the Township Attorney despite a meek letter defending the town - caved in too easily and got steamrolled by the applicant. Clearly, he had instructions to let the Township lose this one....
The Master Plan is now blowing up in flames and the Township Committee is sitting there with their pants at their ankles.