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Trump Gets Helistop at Golf Course After Colts Neck Loses Appellate Decision

Colts Neck Township lost its appeal in state court on Wednesday.

Donald Trump can now land his helicopter in Colts Neck, after a state appellate court granted the golf course owner and real estate mogul a restricted-use license to build and run a helistop at Trump National. 

The battle between Trump and Colts Neck Township has been in court since 2011, when the township denied a variance application before the Zoning Board, leading Trump to apply directly to the county and the Department of Transportation for a variance.

Calls to Colts Neck Township and to Trump National Golf Course were not returned in time for publication.

The DOT conditional use permit says the helipad can only be used by Donald Trump, his family, or a designee, with only 48 non-emergency landings per year. Colts Neck challenged the permit in April of this year.

In an opinion from the State Appellate Court, judges point to the county planning board decision to allow the helipad. 

A township zoning ordinance created after Trump's application now prohibits the construction and use of helipads, due to the "rural character of the area."

In the spring, a State Superior Court ruled that the township zoning board was within its rights to deny the application at a local level.

The township then appealed the DOT's decision to grant a license to Trump.

The appeal also alleged that the DOT failed to provide information to local residents and authorities about the helipad application and license.

But the State Appellate Court found the DOT had significant findings and evidence to back up a decision to grant a restricted use license to Trump.

It further state that residents who made written complaints about the application had no significant personal property interest in the case, and would not be directly impacted by the helipad.

"There was sufficient, credible evidence in the record to support the [DOT] decision to grant Trump's application for a Helistop-Restricted Use license," the decision stated.

The helipad will in the middle of Trump National, north of its clubhouse and according to the court decision will be designed to look like grass. The primary path of transportation will take Trump's helicopter over Route 18 and U.S. Naval Weapons Station Earle.

Patch will update this story if the township or golf course comments on the matter.

Follow the story on Patch:

Trump Wants Helistop in Colts Neck Oct. 2011

Colts Neck Continues Battle Against Trump Helipad April 2012

Colts Neck Claims Victory in Court v. Trump Helipad May 2012

Mike Rath December 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM
That's OK Colts Neck--You only live there...Maybe you'll get to visit the mausoleum soon...
Kerry McConway December 13, 2012 at 11:46 PM
see money does buy you everything. Even if it means trounces those who actually pay taxes to live there!
cynicinmarlboro December 14, 2012 at 12:31 AM
"It further state that residents who made written complaints about the application had no significant personal property interest in the case, and would not be directly impacted by the helipad." I guess quality of life doesn't count. Of course, the judge probably doesn't live aroud here either so the noise wouldn't bother him. Maybe we can all petition Trump for earplugs - as if he would. It's not in his best interest. Amazing what that man gets away with. Now if he would just do something about that horrid combover!
Mike Rath December 14, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Isn't it annoying when $ is "trumped" by more $$???
Marlboro Mann December 14, 2012 at 02:38 AM
The rich get richer and the poor get screwed.
StephieG December 14, 2012 at 04:12 AM
I don't think that 48 times per year is going to destroy someones quality of life.. ColtsNeckers need to relax and realize that life doesn't revolve around you.!! It's on a Golf Course for God's sake... Not in someones backyard.. I have helicopters that fly over my house and I haven't gone in to a depression over it..
cynicinmarlboro December 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Stephie, how many helicopters have you heard? I hear maybe a handful throughout the whole year when I am home (no telling how many when I am not here) and that really doesn't bother me. However, 48 times (IF that number is even accurate) will be concentrated in the nicer weather months. That alone is enough to change the quality of life, especially as these flyovers will be lower and louder. It is NOT only on the golf course that this will occur. They have to GET to the course.
NJarhead December 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM
"The primary path of transportation will take Trump's helicopter over Route 18 and U.S. Naval Weapons Station Earle." Umm, I seriously doubt he has permission to fly over Earle.
KMom December 14, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Actually it WILL be in some people's backyards! Take a ride over and look at the location they are talking about. The people that bought homes on the golf course paid alot for what they wanted, NOT to live next to a heliport. Turning this into sour grapes because people have money is ridiculous. No one thinks life revolves around them but if you paid over $1MM for a home I don't think you would want a helicopter landing next to it. Having a helicopter fly over your house once in a while and having one LAND next to your house 48 times a year are completely different. I don't think you would be happy about it either.
Edward Dooley Jr. December 14, 2012 at 02:06 PM
What a bunch of wimps. We live in a +55 community and have choppers that come in and out to a pad right next to us everyday and sometimes twice a day. In fact one is coming in right now as I post. Subtracting weekends that is 260+ landings per year. There are a lot of other problems Colts Neck Residents should be concerned about than a few chopper landings. If you don't like it, MOVE...
Wendy December 14, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I would hope he doesn't.
Marlboro Mann December 16, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I am so sick and tired of hearing the same crap all the time everytime local government tries to destroy our quality of life. We should not have to move because of heliports, cell towers, low income housing, billboards and other crap placed in our midst. We did not pay two cents for our homes. Its about time that our so called elected officials became sensitized to our needs and stop ruining property values of hard working taxpayers. If they cannot support the people for whom they represent, perhaps they are the ones who should move.
rob February 28, 2013 at 07:12 AM
Trump purchased a bankrupt and poorly run facility and turned it into a really upscale course. It was an eyesore that was in seriously bad shape and now it has added value to the homes surrounding it and is kept in great condition as all his courses are. Colts Neck benefitted more than they realize. He also pays taxes to the town and sales tax to the state every year. Stop looking in the pockets of really talented people who have the ability to do something others can't. Choppers fly over my home every day and I live in CN. I thank him for investing here and not somewhere else.
NJarhead February 28, 2013 at 03:46 PM
That pad is actually west of Pier Side Earle. If you're so sure you're flying in Navy Airspace (and you fly it so often) the next time you do it, snap a photo, post it on snap fish and share it with us. There is no way a civilian helicopter can fly over a military installation without permission and certainly not a daily flight plan. Also, since this is Colts Neck, I was assuming they meant Main Side in Colts Neck where there are acres up acres of ammo dumps. I have two things over you my friend: I'm in the aviation industry and I am a veteran.
NJarhead February 28, 2013 at 04:41 PM
You can also tell your Chief Pilot that he's not supposed to be transcending a security zone. Let me know what he says. I'm guessing it'll be something along the lines of, "we're not." He can also show you the Jeppeson chart which will illustrate the restricted airspace for you. The possibilities for your education here are endless. BTW - My experience, no matter how abundant or not, is more than you have. I base my statements on a frame of reference. You base yours on an uninformed opinion. Just because you can see Earle from the air, doesn't mean you're flying in their air space.
NJarhead February 28, 2013 at 05:43 PM
I think we can all see who is living in the fantasy world there Mr. Tool. Careful not so spill the CEO's coffee sweetie.
Kaitlyn Anness March 01, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Marlboro Mann--Colts Neck elected officials spent almost a year fighting this at the state level, after rejecting it at the local level.

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