A Lakewood, NJ, committeeman says that the Lakewood Township Committee is against any increased density for its town.
Deputy Mayor Isaac Akerman, who is up for reelection this Tuesday, let that message be known both publicly and in an email sent at the end of October to the Master Plan Committee responsible for future development in Lakewood.
Residents have expressed concerns at Township Committee meetings and elsewhere about the unrestrained building in Lakewood, highlighting that irresponsible development has had a negative impact on the quality of life in Lakewood.
The uncontrolled development in Lakewood, residents say, is directly causing the traffic gridlock that has plagued the town, as well as a suffering rental market, with a surplus of apartments in homes owned by yungeleit, who are collapsing under their financial burdens.
The following is the text of an email sent by Deputy Mayor Akerman to a member of the Master Plan Committee:
From: “Albert Akerman” <aakerman@lakewoodni .gov>
Date: Oct 27, 2016 1:06 PM
Subject: Master Plan
To: “Justin Flancbaum”
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.