THE CHALLENGE: Essex County proposed a 500 seat amphitheater which would have destroyed 2.5 acres of land inside the South Mountain Reservation.
THE RESULT: The project was put on indefinite hold and the NJDEP issued warnings to the County that no construction can proceed without required permits.
THE CURRENT CHALLENGE: Multiple projects are currently proposed to chip away at the reservation. We are remaining vigilant. But, we need your help to hire experts to assist us in moving towards full protections.
Our legal team sent a notice of intent to sue if development proceeded on areas our environmental consultant determined were wetlands. Our complaint prompted the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to conduct its own off-site evaluation. And their findings backed up ours!
At the August 11, 2021 West Orange Planning Board meeting, the attorney for Essex County stated, “There are no legal boundaries to the zoo. It is part of the reservation.” This is a historic Reservation intended to be preserved for the generations. So our work continues until boundaries are defined and expenditures for preservation replace the county’s multimillion expenditures on wreak-creation alone.