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Engineering Testimony to Continue in Monday Planning Board Hearing

July 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The hearing for a mosque on Mountain Top Road will continue Monday as residents will have the opportunity to question engineer George Folk.

The Al Falah Center put in an application for a mosque on the former Redwood Inn site on Mountain Top Road. The planning board has been holding hearings since January, with testimony from applicant experts.

The planning board was ordered by the courts to hear the application while litigation continues concerning a lawsuit filed by the Al Falah Center in 2011 after the township approved an ordinance prohibiting houses of worship from residential areas, including Mountain Top Road. That ordinance, which was approved after the application had already been filed, would have required the application to be moved to the zoning board.

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The most recent hearing was held at the end of June with landscape architect Brian Bosenberg discussing the number of trees to be removed and replaced from the property. As part of the plan, the applicant will be removing 11 Evergreen trees and 20 desiduous trees, replacing them with 23 Evergreen trees and 20 desiduous trees. There is also a plan for buffers with Evergreen trees, and a fence dyed in an earth tone.

Residents expressed concerns about whether seven trees proposed in the right of the way at the parking lot will actually keep the lights from cars from shining in their properties across the street from the property. They also said they do not like the idea of having such a large fence facing their properties.

The meeting concluded with Folk discussing engineering plans, and he will be available for questions at Monday's meeting.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the municipal building on Commons Way.

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