Sunday, December 20, 2015

New Jersey Synagogue Files Court Appeal of Zoning Decision

The Clifton Journal reported Friday that the Clifton, New Jersey Orthodox Jewish congregation, Shomrei Torah, has filed an appeal in state court of a zoning decision that severely limits the size of the synagogue that Shomrei Torah plans to build.  Plans to turn an existing house into a synagogue by building on an addition were rejected.  The city's planning board voted 7-0 to limit the size of the proposed synagogue to 7,000 square feet in area or 35 feet in height-- a 57% reduction in the originally proposed square footage in order to insure that the synagogue meets requirements for number of parking spaces and conform the building to the neighborhood.