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Monmouth University Volunteers Seeking Worksites for The Big Event
Monday, 29 September 2014
West Long Branch, N.J. - Monmouth University’s Student Government Association is looking for worksites for The Big Event. Now in its 15th year, the... Read More...
IMAGE County Reminds Drivers that Kozloski Road Speed Limit is 50mph
Monday, 29 September 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ – Today, MonmouthCounty traffic safety crews placed four variable message boards along Kozloski Road (CR 55) between the State Highway... Read More...
IMAGE Iselin Man Shot Once in the Abdomen after Grabbing for Officer’s Weapon
Monday, 29 September 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ - An Asbury Park police officer was injured during an altercation with a knife-wielding Middlesex County man who was shot by a... Read More...
IMAGE County Provides VA Access to Veteran Inmates Through Videoconferencing
Monday, 29 September 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ - Sheriff Shaun Golden is leading the way when it comes to assisting veterans upon release from the Monmouth County Correctional... Read More...
IMAGE Poetry Reading by Saliba Sarsar at Monmouth University on October 6
Monday, 29 September 2014
West Long Branch, N.J. - Political Science Professor and author Saliba Sarsar will give a poetry reading on October 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE What’s Living in Raritan-Sandy Hook Bays?
by Joe Reynolds
Sunday, 28 September 2014
On Sunday, September 28, volunteers with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council, an all-volunteer environmental group dedicated to restoring Raritan... Read More...
IMAGE Wakefield Gets SA Chapters Running
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 27 September 2014
My featured person this week, Margery Wakefield, of Lansing, Michigan, has had lifelong struggles with schizophrenia, a mental health disability. For... Read More...
IMAGE Life in the Tidelines near NY Harbor
by Joe Reynolds
Thursday, 25 September 2014
There’s a nor’easter heading our way, but the other day it was sunny, calm, and lovely out. Trying to take advantage of the pleasant weather... Read More...
IMAGE Climate-change Campaign’s Dark Side
by Woody Zimmerman
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Global Warming is a “new kind of morality,” said British Channel 4’s 2007 documentary, “The Great Global Warming Swindle.” The dark side of... Read More...
IMAGE Steinbach Tackles Paranoid Schizophrenia
by Daniel J. Vance
Sunday, 21 September 2014
He began hearing voices in his head at age 15. Said Charles Steinbach, of Grand Junction, Colorado, in a telephone interview: “It started with... Read More...

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HIGHLANDS, NJ - In a unanimous decision issued March 14, 2011, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that a controversial Highlands ordinance, which rezoned a small area of land to permit high-rise development, is invalid.  In December of 2007, despite staunch opposition from neighboring property owners, the Highlands Borough Council enacted Ordinance O-07-07 which authorized a high-rise, high-density residential development at the current site of the Shadow Lawn Mobile Home Park, which adjoins the Eastpointe condominium complex.  The invalidation of the ordinance has dealt a serious blow to Highlander Development Group, LLC, whose  17-month long application before the Highland Planning Board to build three ambitious 16-story complexes in the zone had been approved.   R. Armen McOmber, an attorney who practices with the firm of McOmber & McOmber, P.C. in Red Bank, successfully argued the appeal on behalf of a neighboring property owner.

The Appellate Division ruled the rezoning ordinance was invalid because the Borough Council “largely ignored” the findings and recommendations of the Planning Board when making its decision and that this “willful disregard” is contrary to New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Law.  The Appellate Division refused to allow the Borough Council to remedy its misstep stating:  “Moreover, we believe that a remand to the governing body would be futile - a vain effort to backfill the missing acknowledgment, and we decline to order a do-over.”

“Thankfully, there are public minded citizens who when they believe that a municipality has done something wrong, are willing to step forward and challenge the actions of the municipality,” McOmber said.  “In this case, Mrs. Jennings was successful.  We were delighted to represent her throughout the entire proceedings and believe that ultimately the decision of the Appellate Division was right on point.”

Pauline Jennings, the Plaintiff in the matter, stated that “I am very happy that justice prevailed and that my position that the Borough Council erred in rushing through the adoption of the Ordinance was fully vindicated by the Appellate Division.”

 

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