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The Highlands Law, Unconstitutional?

   

Photo of the Newburgh Beacon Bridge Oxford (Warren County) committee votes against Highlands
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
By JAMES S. YOUNG
The Express-Times

OXFORD TWP. -- The Township Committee passed a resolution Monday opposing the Highlands bill.

The resolution supports a suit both Warren and Hunterdon county freeholders
filed against the state last month, saying the Highlands Preservation Act is
unconstitutional.

Mayor Alex Lazorisak said that under the Highlands bill the township will lose
out on about $6.5 million it would have received from Coachlight L.L.C, which planned to build an age-restricted community on 150 acres owned by the township. Under the Highlands bill, development will not be permitted on a vast majority of the land.

The legislation designates areas for preservation and development planning within 800,000 acres across seven counties.

"We're going to continue fighting the Highlands act," said Lazorisak, who was sworn in for a three-year term Monday during the reorganization portion of the meeting.

Lazorisak said other goals for 2005 include working on a rehabilitation and development plan for downtown and trying to control sewer rates dictated by the Warren County Municipal Utilities Authority.

Phillip Rosenberg was again appointed deputy mayor. Angelo Accetturo is the other councilman for the three-member committee.


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