· Engages and considers the surrounding communities
Sparta Township describes our Community as “…a thriving community situated in rural Sussex County, New Jersey approximately 45 miles northwest of New York City. Sparta covers more than 38 square miles with rolling hills, beautiful lakes, picturesque farms, and inviting residential developments.” (SpartaNJ.org).
With community awareness and engagement severely decreased during the pandemic, development pressures drastically increased and now threaten the town fabric so proudly described above.
SRD was formed to ensure that the community is fully aware and has a voice so that thoughtful discussion and engagement may take place in future development schemes of Sparta, NJ and surrounds. We seek to ensure the long-term viability of the aforementioned “38 square miles of rolling hills, beautiful lakes, picturesque farms, and inviting residential developments.”
Members/Ambassadors and a Facebook discussion group of over 1,000 Members who have
joined together to encourage responsible development that protects our people, our
resources, and our future.
EXPERT: Town Planning
(Hired April 5, 2022)
Engaged in private consulting as a land use planner since 1981 representing municipalities, development boards, developers, and neighborhood associations. Work performed in OVER 200 New Jersey Municipalities. Expert testimony presented in Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union, Mercer, Morris, Monmouth and Sussex Counties Superior Courts and before the New Jersey Meadowland Commission (now New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, various appraisal commissions, and the New Jersey Tax Court.
He will provide background on prudent town planning and zoning and opine about whether Sparta’s municipal land use code and Ordinance 21-01 contemplates Diamond Chip’s proposed use as a permitted, conditional or prohibited use.
(Hired July 5, 2022)
President of an environmental consulting firm specializing in regulatory compliance and contaminant hydrogeology, assessing and remediating contaminated soils, ground water, hydrogeological impacts and soil vapor.
He will opine on the potential negative impacts to water quality, groundwater recharge and the Aquifer.
EXPERT: Land Use Law
(Hired May 20, 2022)
Robert F. Simon’s practice includes land use regulation before local zoning and planning boards; real estate-related litigation including land use, tenancy, tax appeal, condemnation, and title actions; and commercial and residential real estate transactions. Mr. Simon has also been qualified as an expert witness in real estate litigation matters by the Superior Court and District Court of New Jersey.
Mr. Simon is handling the Complaint Neill and Anand filed in Superior Court challenging the Zoning Board’s denial of their application for interpretation.
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