The helipad saga continues in Colts Neck, as the township claimed a victory in Superior Court when a judge upheld the Zoning Board's right to deny an application from Trump National Golf Course.
In July, 2011 the Colts Neck Zoning Board denied an application from the golf course, requesting a variance to build a helipad on its property. Golf course officials then went to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, which granted conditional approval for construction.
The course also appealed the Zoning Board's decision to state Superior Court, which recently ruled the township and board members were within rights to deny the application, according to the News Transcript.
Superior Court Judge Lawrence Lawson said he saw no reason to put the helipad on the golf course property. The conditional construction granted by the NJDOT states the helipad would only be used by mogul Donald Trump and others designated by Trump, a move Lawson said gave the helipad little reason to exist.
However, golf course officials are arguing the helipad would be used for emergency services by the township, a claim the Colts Neck Police Department stood behind through a letter presented to the Zoning Board, according to the News Transcript.
Township officials say the next step is to appeal the conditional construction approved by the NJDOT.
The current township zoning laws do not allow helipads, citing reasons such as noise pollution.