Zoning shenanigans continue in another residential American neighborhood where Muslims plan to change the landscape forever. Preserve Liberty Corner (NJ), Stop the Mosque
BERNARDS TWP. – A debate over parking standards for a proposed mosque in Liberty Corner continued before the Planning Board on Tuesday, Feb. 5, as the proponent’s traffic consultant disputed the threshold set by the board’s staff.
Henry J. Ney, a traffic engineer hired by the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (ISBR), said that while the staff projected a need for 110 parking stalls, he believed 70 would be “the maximum demand.”
Ney said the ISBR’s proposal for 50 parking stalls would therefore be adequate so long as it “banks” surrounding grass areas for up to 20 additional, future stalls.
But board members questioned the methodology behind the figure, which Ney based on parking counts for mosques with similar worshipping space in Franklin Township in Somerset County and Toms River in Ocean County.
Board Vice Chairman Jeffrey Plaza observed that the Franklin mosque had “disproportionately” lower numbers, and he asked if the numbers for the Tom River mosque would produce a standard “close” to the staff’s.
“A little lower,” replied Ney.
With the board having had little time to review the data, the planners asked Ney to return for another hearing in which he could be questioned more thoroughly.
After two hours of testimony, the hearing – the sixth on the proposal – was carried to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at town hall on Collyer Lane.
The ISBR is seeking to raze a house on 4.3 acres at 124 Church St., located roughly opposite the Liberty Corner Firehouse, and build a two-story, 4,250-square-foot facility for 142 worshippers.
Residents in the area have voiced concerns about the project, saying a facility with five daily prayers, parking stalls and lights is inappropriate for a residential area. But township zoning allows houses of worship on residential tracts of three or more acres.
As we noted previously here,
…what Jersey suburb do 150 people arrive in just 50 cars? There will be at least 100 cars if not many more. Not to mention potential cabbies trekking Muslims to the area.
Someone present at the meeting reported, “Many residents questioned him [Ney] to the point where he exploded in anger.” He must have a lot riding on this deal.
There’s another Mosque planned in an upscale residential New Jersey neighborhood a few miles away, which is just a few miles away from a 30,000-square-foot, $7M mosque in Franklin Township, not far from the Muslim Center of Middlesex County. It’s creeping in NJ.
And why should mosques concern all Americans?