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Take Back Lakewood Alright, time for some discussion.

1) Are you familiar with us and what we're trying to accomplish.
2) Agree or disagree
3) Are you one of the thousands that agree but think there is nothing that can be done? Well there is!! :)
4) Thoughts, comments and feedback.

We've accomplished a lot in a very short time and need public support to take this further....

If anyone is interested in substance and would like to privately email me - I will keep your name confidential (or you can use an email that doesn't have your real name etc. I will add you to a list of people who are getting email updates and we can correspond on real ideas and substance.

Mods and other policemen- I apologize if you view this as self promotion. I am here simply to promote what I believe the majority of Lakewood's residents are very frustrated about. As individuals there is little to be done but as a united group we can change everything. I have no interest in self promotion, rather in motivating the public to stand up for what's currently ruining Lakewood due to overbuilding and density.

October 28, 2016, 02:07:07 PM
Re: Take Back Lakewood
OP, since you made a screen name just for this, I assume you will be honest with us.
Tell me straight up in one word, take back Lakewood from WHOM? From the frai out kids? From the YU types? From the Hungarian chaseedishers? What's this movement about?
From $$ hungry developers who buy an old house knock it down and build 10 houses with basements = 20 families with 40 cars.

October 28, 2016, 02:17:46 PM
Re: Take Back Lakewood I only see 2 new posters (besides my account) and they are not me. They are probably people who are simply afraid to speak up as are many of the people that have emailed me.
October 30, 2016, 01:13:56 AM
Re: Take Back Lakewood
I didn't have time to watch the whole thing but min 46-49 is pretty disconcerting.
See also 36-39 where a zoning board member goes on record saying that there should be enough homes built so that anyone who wants to live here can live here and not Chv"sh have to move to Toms River or Jackson.

See 52:00 where they make fun of the density in Monsey while in the same meeting they're doing the same to Lakewood.

Also very troubling is who is on the committee....

October 30, 2016, 11:19:42 PM
Re: Take Back Lakewood Breaking news:

At the 10/6/16 Township Committee meeting at minute 24:38, Mayor Miller made the following announcement:

 As far as Im concerned my message out there Im done with all the density Im done with any additional rezoning as far as Im 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 were at capacity. Were 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 Flancbaum instructing him as to how they would like the master plan be constructed. At the subsequent Township Committee Meeting, Committeeman Akerman was instructed to circulate this letter to all of the members of the Planning Board and the Master plan committee and subcommittees.

Take Back Lakewood has obtained the letter that was sent from A. Akerman which reads as follows:

From: "Albert Akerman" <aakerman@lakewoodni .gov>
Date: Oct 27, 2016 1:06 PM
Subject: Master Plan
To: "Justin Flancbaum" <justin****@*****.com>

Although we have discussed this issue on numerous occasions over the past few weeks, I am sending this email to formally convey the township committee's opinion on density as it pertains to the master plan.

At our last committee meeting, the committee unanimously voted for me to inform you that we are against any increased density for Lakewood. As you prepare your recommendations for the committee, please ensure that the proposed master plan does not include increased density for any zone in Lakewood.

Thank you,

November 04, 2016, 02:48:09 PM
Re: Take Back Lakewood Wow! Exciting meeting last Thursday night!!

Lots of action and the committee is definitely feeling the heat. Kudos to Committeeman De'lia and Coles for speaking up. There were approx 50-60 seniors there and 20 frum guys. I was slightly disappointed that not more than 20 frum guys cared enough to do something but apparently I didn't get the word out well enough and many people think that the situation is hopeless and have unfortunately give up. It is not hopeless and we have gotten very far in just one month.

Take a look at the zoning Board agenda for this Monday night. Packed with dozens and dozens of downzoning and variances. Crazy stuff!! Unfortunately, without intervention almost all of this stuff gets approved! It's madness!!

In other news, they're trying to get rid of the camera and mic......
I put on my lawyer hat and helped him out with a legal response...

November 12, 2016, 11:53:47 PM
Re: Take Back Lakewood See our ad on page 261 in The Voice of Lakewood.

We've gotten a bunch of generous donations.

There was a lot of discussion on this in the Voice this week. There's an interview with the Chairman of the zoning board who says that it's the fault of the planning board and the township committee. The problem is that Township Committee says it's the zoning and planning boards fault and the planning board says it's the township committee and zoning boards fault.  :o

In the news section they mention that a moratorium is not legal. We're not proposing that. We're simply saying that we need to stop variances and spot-zoning. That is most definitely. On the contrary, spot zoning is illegal unless it fulfills many criteria including being beneficial to the neighborhood!! Financial gain is not a reason that the board members are supposed to consider when determining if they should change the zoning from single family on an acre to townhouses every few feet....

The township committee seems to be dragging their feet on this - when they should be the ones championing this on their own. The planning and zoning boards have taken a strong swing and are barely approving anything now. Most applicants are withdrawing their applications to redraw them before getting their denials.

A township committeeman was approached by a resident with a zoning concern and was told to speak to takebacklakewood who may be able to help.
A lawyer helping a client told them to speak to takebacklakewood who may be able to help them out.

The thing is - we shouldn't need to be twisting the committee's arm to do something. THEY should be actively looking to see how they can fix this...

November 25, 2016, 12:35:14 AM
Re: Take Back Lakewood Seems like Rabbi Bender has a similar complaint.  Watch here from 5:00-8:00

Wow! Says that its the developers who are knocking down a house breaking zoning laws and building 4 in its place that are the problem and cause the goyim not to like us.

December 03, 2016, 07:45:55 PM
Re: Take Back Lakewood
The New Yorkers are otherwise known as your brothers, crushed by a NY housing crisis.
There are communities all over the US that are dying to  have young families move in. The trend is that all young families move to Lakewood. That has been hurting other communities for a long time as other communities who already have schools, shuls and stores see the average ages of their residents get older and older and wish that young families would move in.

See this article that was sent to me on this topic

Having everyone in one place leads to many problems other than just housing. It will also cause a housing crisis here. Why not spread out? Even if you want to be connected to the Lakewood community, there are so many contiguous land sources connected to Lakewood (Jackson, Toms River, Howell, Brick). Once those are full we can move on to Lakehurst, Manchester etc etc (assuming that everyone NEEDS to live in the Lakewood region). Why the need to squeeze everyone into Lakewood in a way that will overcrowd Lakewood and bring down everyone's quality of life.

Also, why not identify a completely new area and build it up? It's impossible to say that the only place that Sanz, Beltz, Satmar etc can find to build 500 houses is in Lakewood. If they start a new town somewhere they can grow much larger than that!

Lastly, this is being done by realtors who are simply trying to profit at the expense of everyone else. They have parlor meetings in NY convincing people to move to Lakewood and 'selling' them on the lifestyle. It's obviously easier to sell $650K+ houses with no grass to NY residents than it is to LKWD residents...

December 05, 2016, 09:17:49 AM
Re: Take Back Lakewood
Take Back Lakewood:

Why have you not posted on your site or elsewhere about the massive mall planned for Avenue of the States? It is so not like about over-congestion and it is Pine Street is out of control, what would a mall up the road do to that road and Route 9? It's overbuilding at its worst and it will smother that section of town much worse than it already is....

Do you have a problem with a huge mall being built in that location and the over-congestion and quality of life issues that will result, and if so why not discuss?
Believe me - I'm involved. I did write about it in brief form for my column in the Lakewood weekly that will be in your mailbox Motzei Shabbos and didn't get around to writing a longer post for the website. There is so much to write about Cedarbridge and how it got to where it is today - so far from its intended use. I will write something up eventually. I've just been busy with many exciting TBL projects. Realistically, it's more relevant to discuss this mall closer to the Feb 21 planning board public hearing.

No one is even talking about the 80,000 sqft cedarbridge office/daycare building on Pine across from Albert. 2 floors daycare and 2 floors office. They claim it wont add traffic since the daycare will be servicing the people working in the office buildings.  As if the daycare will only be for the people working in the corporate park....

SP 2220 Pine Holdings, LLC
They will have the public hearing the same date of Feb 21 and the board was concerned about pickup and drop off of kids adding traffic. Oh and this is all right across the street from the cul-de-sac with 8 houses on Pine on Monday night Zoning Board Agenda.

January 05, 2017, 02:12:12 PM