11/21/2016: Asbury Park Press reports on S&A lawsuit on behalf of Orthodox Jewish school against Howell, N.J.
A discrimination lawsuit filed against Howell Township by an Orthodox Jewish group seeking to build a religious school with dormitories is on hold while a federal judge determines whether to allow the case to proceed. The dispute concerns whether Howell’s zoning officer and zoning board improperly rejected an application for an educational facility at 344 Old Ford Road, according to the May 5 lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. The lawsuit alleges the denial was “motivated by hostility toward ultra-Orthodox Jews.”
K. Kachmar, "Orthodox group presses Howell over religious school denial," Asbury Park Press (Nov. 21, 2016)
05/02/2016: S&A files suit on behalf of Jewish congregation against Howell Township for rejecting educationality facility based on its religious curriculum
An Orthodox Jewish congregation has filed a federal lawsuit against Howell Township and its zoning board of adjustment, saying the township's denial of its plan to build a religious education center was motivated by religious "hostility." . . . .
Howell Township Council in May of that year revised land-use requirements that "severely restricted" where schools could be located — a move motivated by "animus toward ultra-Orthodox Jews," it says. Among other things, it says, the revamped ordinance required new schools to provide New Jersey Department of Education-approved curricula, which the religious school could not. Then, in Jauary 2016, the township removed "educational facilities" from the zoning classification that covered the Ford Road property "specifically to target Orthodox Jews in general and the plaintiffs in particular," the lawsuit says.
T. Darragh, "Orthodox congregation sues township over zoning denial," NJ Advance Media (May 4, 2016)