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Councilman Says 'No' to College Expansion Bill

New Jersey communities are under attack by a fast-moving bill in the New Jersey legislature that would exempt private colleges from abiding by local zoning bards, giving them unfettered authority to build new facilities like student dormitories, classrooms or stadiums, locate new theaters or retail facilities, or establish new parking facilities without any input from local taxpayers.

This bill would stifle the voice of those who will be directly and negatively impacted by decreased property values, increased traffic congestion and new construction that may alter the character of and quality of life within their community forever.

Bill Number A-2586, which passed the Senate (S-1534) on June 28, 2012 despite bipartisan opposition from Mayors and legislators who represent the communities most at risk, will be heard in the General Assembly this fall.

The Coalition for Safe Neighborhoods was created in response to this fast-tracked legislation. They are working to quickly mobilize concerned residents, elected officials and other community leaders from around New Jersey into one unified voice committed to stopping this ill-conceived bill before it’s too late.

What A-2586 Means for Your Community

  • Exempting private colleges from zoning approvals could apply not only to that school’s current campus, but also any future property that the school decided to purchase, even if it’s in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
  • This bill would fast-track campus expansion projects, such as new housing, large sports arenas or parking decks without regard for traffic congestion or quality of life concerns.
  • It will take away important citizen input over decisions affecting their community, and jeopardize property values of homes located nearby new, undesirable campus expansion plans.
  • If passed, unchecked college expansion, will jeopardize property values, increase traffic   congestions, silence objections from residents, negative impact on property values.

Again, if this bill is passed in Trenton, it would give  private colleges a permanent rubber stamp of approval to build and expand regardless of the obvious negative impact not only on current campus footprint, but on any property college wants to purchase now or in the future….even if it’s in the middle of a residential neighborhood!

Help stop this bill before it is too late!!!!

Contact our Assembly Members using the following information: Bill opposed to A-2586

Assembly member Mary Pat Angelini 732-974-1718 and Assembly member Caroline Casagrande at 732-866-1685 or www.safeneighborhoodsnj.com.  

 

Steven Cioffi

West Long Branch Councilman


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