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Globe Awards New Turnout Gear to Highlands Fire Department as Part of 2014 Giveaway Program
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
HIGHLANDS, NJ - Globe, in partnership with DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has made the... Read More...
Overnight Closure of West Front Street Bridge
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Work to advance replacement of span continues MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Beginning tonight, from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m., the bridge on West Front Street over... Read More...
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
HIGHLANDS, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Highlands Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent until proven... Read More...
Navesink River Aglow in Support of Riverview Medical Center
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Red Bank, NJ –  Family Fireworks on the Navesink, an event benefitting Riverview Medical Center and hosted at the DiPiero family home,... Read More...
Sermon: Spiritual Gifts
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Joanne Van Sant will be the guest preacher Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church.... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Christie Should Help Fellow Republicans
by Jack Archibald
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Governor Chris Christie  revealed quite a bit about his political ambition and philosophy this past week.  In case you haven’t been... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Tammy
by David Prown
Sunday, 20 July 2014
It's amazing to me how lame the movie selection was this week. I'm not even sure if there was anything new out...amazing. Have you noticed how I'm... Read More...
IMAGE The Importance of the Small Things, such as Commas
by George Hancock-Stefan
Sunday, 20 July 2014
I came back from a two week trip through Romania and Turkey.  It was a great trip visiting old and new churches and monasteries, and meeting in... Read More...
IMAGE Traumatic Brain Injury Was Devastating
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Four days after getting his driver's license at age 16 in 1975, Todd Bode was coaxed into joining his big brother on a road trip. The hook was that... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - July 18, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 18 July 2014
Edward Snowden says Dropbox is "hostile to privacy". That and Condoleezza Rice has been on their board since April: http://bit.ly/1rmen1c Why... 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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