JACKSON, NJ – Hailed by Mayor Michael Reina as a large exclusive community by the Orthodox Jewish community complete with basement apartments, the Jackson Planning Board is to decide tonight whether or not it will follow the guidance of Judge Troncone and vote again on a project that it denied last year.
Jackson Parke South went before New Jersey Superior Court and Troncone issued a directive for the council to take another vote. The Planning Board has been discussing the matter in a private executive session meeting for nearly two hours and is expected to reveal their verdict shortly. The planning board claims it denied the project, which was approved two years earlier by Mayor Michael Reina when he executed his signature on an ordinance that was rejected by Councilman Barry Calogero.
Calogero and Reina were at odds over the matter in 2017. Now, time has shown that Calogero’s no vote on the matter was the prudent action to take as that ordinance may force the town to accept the project.
Here’s how you can listen in and participate in the meeting:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on April 20, 2020 the Jackson Township Planning Board (the “Board”) shall hold a public meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Board will convene the meeting and then convene an Executive Session to discuss pending litigation entitled: In the Matter of the Township of Jackson, a municipal corporation of the State of New Jersey and El at Jackson, LLC, Plaintiff, v. Township of Jackson Planning Board, Docket Numbers: OCN-L-1879-15, OCN-L-822-92 and OCN-L-271-20-P.W. The Board expects to take action after the conclusion of the Executive Session.
Recognizing declarations by the Governor of New Jersey that the current COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) outbreak constitutes an emergency, and given the attention to the potential impacts of COVID-19, there have been directives to local governmental units of options available to ensure the regular operation of local government; see e.g., Executive Order 103 (Governor Murphy 3/9/2020) and Executive Order 107 (Governor Murphy 3/20/2020). As mechanisms have been used by local governments during emergencies understanding that in-person meetings are not permitted, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:55D-11 and 12 and the most recent guidelines provided by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (Division of Local Government Services), see e.g., https://nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/pdf/GovConnectNotice-NewRemotePublicMeetingsGuidance.pdf and see Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustments-Operational Guidance – 04/02/2020 https://www.nj.gov/govconnect/news/general/#3, the public meeting and executive session will be held by online/virtual means and telephonically only. This public hearing is by Court Order as well. During the public hearing, any interested party will have an opportunity to view the hearing in its entirety, be heard (ask questions, provide comments or offer evidence) by visiting https://webinar.ringcentral.com/j/1491056774 and following the instructions provided to join the online/virtual meeting by virtual means, or by participating telephonically by calling +1(646) 357- 3664 and entering the following access code 149 105 6774. Participating via online/virtual means or telephonically is free of charge to the public. The executive session will be held utilizing a secure link.
Members of the public interested in asking questions, providing comments, or offering evidence concerning an application can do so during the public hearing.