The zoning board in Jackson Township, Ocean County, New Jersey has voted unanimously to reject a plan to build a 400-student all-girls orthodox Jewish high school.
The board on Wednesday night questioned the size of the land, the impact on traffic and the adequacy of the septic system.
The board first heard the application in October.
Board member Kathryn McIlhinney told the Asbury Park Press the school would change the basic character of what should remain a residential community near the Lakewood border.
The lawyer representing Rabbi Ephraim Birnbaum says he has not decided whether to appeal.
Attorney Raymond Shea had argued that opposition to the plan was based more on religious bias than problems with the plan.