Colts Neck officials are continuing resistance to a proposed helipad at the Trump National Golf Course on Trump National Boulevard.
The course applied for a variance in June of 2011 to , a move the Zoning Board denied. Golf course officials then went to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, which controls air space in the area.
On March 1, township officials received notice that the DOT granted conditional approval for construction. Conditions of the permit include that the helipad only be used by Donald Trump, his family, or a designee, with only 48 non-emergency landings per year.
The Trump National Golf Course also appealed the Zoning Board's decision, which is now before a state Superior Court, according to the News Transcript.
“The Township Committee has now reviewed the state approval and has authorized its special counsel, Michael Steib, to appeal this approval,” Mayor Jarrett Engel said in the News Transcript. “…The committee has also directed that the pending appeal in Superior Court regarding the (zoning board) denial of the helistop continue and be vigorously defended.”
Engel said the township will battle the judge's decision if approval is granted, saying in the News Transcript that the state "overstepped its bounds."