BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A court date has been set in the case of Matthew Moench versus the Bridgewater Township Planning Board regarding special meetings being held to hear the application on the Center of Excellence.
Oral argument has been set for Monday at 10:30 a.m. before the Hon. Margaret Goodzeit, P.J.
The special meeting of the planning board is set for Monday at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.
Council president, and mayor-elect, Moench filed an emergency application to the court Thursday against the planning board to seek to prevent them from having special meetings to hear the application for the Center of Excellence.
In October, Moench said, the planning board planned two back-to-back meetings to hear the Center of Excellence application. But the second meeting was canceled because they failed to properly notice the public.
Then, the planning board heard the application again on Nov. 12, and announced they are having a special meeting Nov. 18 to continue the hearing with a traffic engineer.
The argument filed states that they shouldn't be allowed to file special meetings on short notice to get the application done.
Moench said he is asking the court to stop the planning board from meeting on Monday, and to further say they should not be able to have anymore special meetings on the application.
According to the court documents, Moench sent letters to the planning board prior to the initially scheduled special meeting in October, as well as Nov. 13 regarding the upcoming Nov. 18 special meeting. He said in the letters that neither instance allows the public enough time to prepare for the next meeting.
Moench said his actions through the court now are merely focused on the process of the meetings, not the merits of the application itself, and that it appears the application is being fast tracked, instead of allowing the public time to process the information and plan to be present for meetings.