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Second lawsuit filed against Forestburgh over Orthodox Jewish development plans

Second lawsuit filed against Forestburgh over Orthodox Jewish development plans

WOODSTOWN A second civil rights action has been filed in US District Court against Forestburgh by attorneys for two limited liability businesses, a Rabbi, and his wife. The case claims that the town discriminates against Orthodox Jews who want to build or purchase properties in the municipality on a continuing and persistent basis.

The lawsuit claims that in 2011, the town approved a Texas developer’s plan to rezone a 3.3-square-mile tract of land for more than 2,000 residences and backed the idea.

The town’s stance on the project changed after it was sold to Orthodox Jewish developers in 2020. Massive opposition to the project was mounted at every turn, with building permits being denied, astronomical new fees being imposed, and various procedural irregularities being used as a means of halting the development.

According to the lawsuit, the town board’s actions are in violation of both the US Constitution and the federal Fair Housing Act.

The lawsuit claims that the town changed its local ordinance in an attempt to remove the project’s approved zoning status, making it nonconforming and intended to permanently stop any portion of the project from proceeding.

In order to render the statute unconstitutional and stop its enforcement, the developers are requesting a federal court injunction.

There is currently an ongoing lawsuit that was filed in December 2022 against the town and several officials.


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