Princeton, N.J. residents upset over proposal to exempt colleges from land use laws

Princeton, N.J. residents criticized proposed legislation that would exempt private colleges and universities from following local land use laws for construction projects.

October 18, 2012

Princeton, N.J. residents criticized proposed legislation that would exempt private colleges and universities from following local land use laws for construction projects. One resident pointed to a gigantic book storage facility Princeton University is building as an example of what could happen if local zoning can be ignored.

“This legislation is completely anti-democratic,” said a city councilor. “It cuts communities off at the knee caps in terms of how neighborhoods can respond to unchecked growth.” Supporters of the bill say the legislation would allow them to move forward more quickly with construction projects and avoid delays.

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