The Brick Township Council is one step away from passing landmark legislation that will protect the community from high-density residential development on several properties while also providing a means to improve businesses on three busy roads.
“Over-development has been a major source of concern for many years and it has accelerated recently as our community is feeling the impact of the explosive growth of neighboring towns,” said Mayor Ducey. “This ordinance eliminates rules that permit high-density apartment and condominium complexes on certain large tracts in Brick Township. It also creates a Village Zone that will provide business and property owners along Herbertsville, Mantoloking and Drum Point Roads to improve their properties and in turn, the aesthetics of the community.”
If passed, the ordinance will create a Village Zone that includes properties with frontage on Herbertsville, Mantoloking and Drum Point Roads. Properties in the Village Zone will be permitted to have a maximum of two (2) one-family residential units in conjunction with a non-residential permitted use.
In addition, the ordinance calls for the elimination of the current Mixed Use Overlay Zone. This zone was created in 2007 and allowed for high-density residential and commercial development on the same lots. The Mixed Use Overlay Zone permitted this development on four large properties in Brick Township. These include the former Foodtown property, the Riverwalk at Brick plaza, the triangle on Route 88 and Burrsville Road and the New Visions property.
“The only property of the four that has residential development is the property behind the Chambers Bridge Post Office known as New Visions. While we already prevented residential development on the former Foodtown site, this ordinance will make sure that the other two properties never have residential development,” said Mayor Ducey.
The ordinance also makes it easier for property owners to improve their homes or businesses on those roads. The ordinance eliminates non-conforming uses on the specified properties meaning a limited number of residential units will now be allowed in the zone. This eliminates the need for homeowners and business owners to seek variances before the Board of Adjustment to complete upgrades or improvements.
The ordinance will also eliminate so called ‘split zones’ on the impacted properties. Currently, many of these properties are split in half with a business portion and a residential portion. This split requires variances for any type of expansion or change. The ordinance permits both residential and commercial uses on the entire lots in the Village Zone.
The ordinance will also correct zoning designations that are creating hardships for homeowners. A number of single-family homes in the affected areas are currently located in business zones. This ordinance will change the zoning designations of those parcels to make them conforming uses.
“This ordinance is a great thing for Brick Township. It helps property owners along these roads and will make it easier for them to improve their properties,” said Mayor Ducey. “At the same time, it eliminates the threat of construction of large scale apartment buildings. I commend the Council and our Land Use staff on their work in putting this ordinance together.”
The ordinance passed on first reading during the September 25 Council meeting. The ordinance will be on for second reading at the October 9 Council meeting.