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DEP Rejects Permits for 1800 Home Lakewood Development Plan

TRENTON – The State Department of Environmental Protection rejected permit applications on for a controversial Lakewood development plan that would have seen 1800 homes constructed on the site of the Eagle Ridge golf course.

GDMS Holdings, LLC., which applied for the permits, wanted to build an 1800 home development project on the site of the golf course.

State officials rejected the application for the permit on the grounds that they failed to comply with impervious cover and storm water regulations, among other regulations aimed at protecting sensitive habitats.

Opponents of the project noted Lakewood’s difficulties with overdevelopment, sprawl and demand on the township’s infrastructure, which has already been pushed to the limit with past development.

Following the DEP denial, environmentalists chalked it up as a victory.

“The DEP’s rejection of the CAFRA and Wetlands permits for 1,800 homes at Eagle Ridge is a victory for the environment. Instead of siding with developers, DEP decided to stand up for sound planning, clean water, and environmental protection,” Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club said in a prepared statement.

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