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Honeywell Vote Has Resident Considering Lawsuit

Township Committee voted 4-1 in favor of rezoning company's global headquarters earlier this month.

A Morris Township resident opposed to the recent committee vote that would allow Honeywell to develop its 147-acre campus said he is considering filing a lawsuit against the township to reverse their approval, according to an NJ.com article.

Robert Burke, who has expressed his disapproval of the proposed project throughout its lengthy process, cited among concerns that Peter Manahan, chairman of a new township ethics committee that has investigated complaints against the now-approved rezoning, owns stock in Honeywell and therefore cannot be tasked with overseeing an ethics committee against them, according to the article.

Township Committee members voted 4-1 on Oct. 1 to approve the rezoning which would let Honeywell bring in 235 townhouses and expanded office and lab space on its property. on the otherwise Republican-dominated committee, voted against the rezoning.

The process to redevelop the Fortune-100 company's global headquarters has been going on for more than two years, but it wasn't until June the township planning board unanimously approved the master plan amendment, and when the Township Committee introduced the approved ordinance that conforms with the master plan.

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mark October 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM
gotta agree with AJ....... hopefully this is part of the plan !!!
Andrew Kayser October 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM
History: Originally 2 of the 5 committeemen were recused leaving 3 committeemen to vote. Than, over 30% of the landowners (only 20% needed) abutting Honeywell signed a petition which forced a super majority vote. This meant at least 4 committeemen had to approve the ordinance change. To get this Township Committee Attorney Mills invoked the "rule of necessity" that reinstated the 2 recused committeemen. This lead to the 4-1 vote approving the ordinance. Was the "rule of necessity" correctly applied? It is supposed to be used in emergencies. Was there an emergency here? Understand that the $40 million grant given to Honeywell to stay in New Jersey that they have to move on is not linked to the ordinance change.
Patriot October 18, 2012 at 07:27 PM
www.recovery.gov Check out some of the money given to "HONEYwell" by the Federal Government from '09 to 2012.
Rob Burke October 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM
That's one of the central issues that the court will have to decide. I fully expect this case to go all the way up to the NJ Supreme Court. Historically, the rule of necessity has almost never been used. It seems more relevant to issues like budget approvals, which must occur or a township would grind to a halt.
Rob Burke October 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM
And then check out all the money Honeywell donated to the Buccos...


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