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Toms River Councilman Mo Hill

Toms River: Hill opposes zoning changes for Houses of Worship

By David Wildstein, September 16 2019 9:54 am

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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.”

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4 thoughts on “Toms River: Hill opposes zoning changes for Houses of Worship

  1. I am taking Mo’s word for this now since we really have no choice now. Mo has told me that the zoning will be maintained and not granted for shrinking. Its been many years since we have lost an election to a completely Dem table. I have to hope he’s a man of his word and will not disappoint us again with smaller crowded neighborhoods, over populations, massive developments with streets to small to get a fire truck and massive traffic problems.

  2. Why would you trust him? He’s been on the inside during the past several years of increased development in north TR that has already altered the way of life for thousands of people.

    He had his chance. It’s time to go on a new direction. Vote for Petro

  3. Seriously Mo is doing serious harm with this line of thinking. The town has already lost a fight that their actions broke anti-bias laws. How much are they going to spend re-litigating? The Orthodox need to be within walking distance from their place of worship.

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