The Republican candidate for Mayor of Toms River said he will oppose proposed changes to local zoning laws reduce requirements that Houses of Worship from 10 acres to 2 in the northern part of the town, near the Lakewood border.
“My colleagues and I on the Council approved the existing zoning regulations for Houses of Worship over the last 10 years and I think we got it right,” said Hill, a four-term councilman. “I don’t know what the lawyers are thinking, but I am opposed to these changes as a Councilman and I will oppose them as Mayor if I am elected.”
The proposal also reduces zoning requirements from 10 acres to 7 town-wide.
Hill says the northern part of Toms River is already expecting substantial growth to fulfill state-mandated housing developments.
“Now is not the time to make zoning changes, ” said Hill.
The off-the-line winner of the Republican mayoral primary last June says that “zoning decisions, even for Houses of Worship, are not made with any particular religion in mind.
“We have a devout community of many religions, I am proud of that,” Hill said. “We welcome all to Toms River who appreciate our quality of life and follow our laws.”