Council votes to ban dorms, fights discrimination claims

(Credit: News 12)

JACKSON, N.J. - (AP) -- Leaders in an Ocean County town have voted to ban the construction of dormitories after months of heated debates.

The Asbury Park Press reports ( ) that the Jackson Township Council voted to ban the construction of dormitories in a public meeting Thursday night. Two council members explained that the new ordinance, which also includes schools, is not discriminatory but based on curving suburban sprawl.

Opponents of the new ban say it is anti-Semitic. The area has a growing Jewish Orthodox community. Jewish residents question why dormitories are singled out.

Supporters of the ban say Orthodox communities in neighboring Lakewood have built yeshivas which have added to overall crowding. They say the ban is an attempt to protect quality of life in the town and reference crowding in neighboring Lakewood.


Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press,

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

The Majestic Lanes bowling alley was damaged when 1 Driver crashes into Woodbridge bowling alley
Mikayla Raji, 8, paid for a Jamesburg police 2 Girl whose father was killed in line of duty buys officer dinner
Preston Taylor admits his involvement in the disappearance 3 Childhood friend admits helping to dispose of missing woman’s body
Computer issues have prevented some Newark city employees 4 Computer issues prevent Newark city employees from being paid
Students, parents and faculty at a Bayonne high 5 Bayonne's Marist High School faces fundraising deadline to stay open

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.