TOWNSHIP LOOKING TO CREATE VILLAGE ZONE; ORDINANCE WILL ALSO PROHIBIT HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL COMPLEXES

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.

 

ANNUAL TRUNK OR TREAT TO BE HELD ON OCTOBER 19

Brick Township will host our annual Trunk or Treat and Halloween Spooktacular on Friday, October 19 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Drum Point Sports Complex. Residents are invited to participate by bringing their car, truck or van to the complex, decorating them and handing out treats.

“The Trunk or Treat is one of our most popular events and is one that I look forward to every year,” said Mayor John G. Ducey. “I am always impressed by the creative decorations on the cars and the costumes. I really look forward to this event every year and I know many residents do also.”

There are still openings for families, groups and businesses who would like to participate by decorating a vehicle and handing out treats. Trophies will be awarded to the best decorated vehicles. Anyone interested should call the Recreation Department at 732-262-1073.

“We are always looking for more cars for the event. The more trunks we have, the more fun it is for the kids,” said Mayor Ducey.

The Recreation Department is also seeking donations of candy. All candy donations will be distributed at the event and will help ensure all children receive candy. Candy donations can be brought to the Recreation Office, 270 Chambers Bridge Road, or brought to the event.

In addition to the Trunk or Treat, there will be a costume parade with trophies awarded to best costumes in various age groups, a hayride and more.

The Trunk or Treat and Halloween Spooktacular is open to Brick residents only and is FREE to attend. Pre-registration is required for all vehicles and for the costume parade. Costumes are required to take part in the trunk or treat. For more information or to register please call the Brick Recreation Office at 732-262-1073.

The rain date for this event is Friday, October 26.

RECYCLE COACH NOW AVAILABLE TO BRICK RESIDENTS

The Township of Brick has made a tool available for residents that will assist with recycling and waste disposal. The free Recycle Coach platform is a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

With Recycle Coach, residents can:

  • Stay organized with custom curbside collection and events calendars
  • Receive collection reminders and real-time updates on service disruptions
  • Become recycling experts with a comprehensive “What Goes Where?” search tool, including local disposal information and collection requirements for common and uncommon items
  • Take the “What Type of Recycler Are You?” quiz for useful recycling tips and tricks
  • Use the problem-reporting tool, equipped with geolocation, to notify municipal customer services about issues like missed collections

Residents can access Recycle Coach from desktop computers, mobile devices, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Officials hope the platform can help increase recycling rates and decrease contamination in the community’s recycling stream. Recycle Coach can be found on the Public Works/Recycling page on the township website. The Recycle Coach app can be downloaded wherever apps are available.

TOWNSHIP TO WAIVE PERMIT FEES FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

In an effort to assist residents whose homes were damaged by flooding caused by a massive rain storm, Mayor John G. Ducey and the Township Council are waiving the permit fees for those victims as they begin the rebuilding process.

Brick Township experienced historic-level rain on Monday, August 13. An estimated eight inches of rain fell in a short period of time causing significant flooding in the community. One of the hardest hit areas was the Greenbriar One active adult community. According to the Brick Township Building Department, over 170 homes have been identified as having been damaged in the storm as of August 28.

“The residents whose homes were damaged in the storm face a long road back. Many of those residents are senior citizens on fixed incomes. We want to help them to the best of our ability and one way we can is by waiving fees for the rebuilding of their homes,” said Mayor Ducey.

The Council will vote on a resolution at their August 28, 2018 meeting that will authorize the waiving of fees required by the Township Code and Uniform Construction Code for any home that sustained flood damage caused by the August 13 rainstorm. The fees would be waived through November 1. Waived fees will only apply to permits that are issued to repair damage sustained in the storm. Fees for permits for improvements unrelated to the storm will still be applied.

While the township fees will be waived, applicants will still be responsible for any nominal state fees. The township has no authorization to wave any required state fees.

The resolution will also authorize the refund of any permit fees paid from the date of the storm through the adoption of the resolution for homes damaged during the storm.

At the same meeting, the Council will vote on a resolution asking the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the Ocean County Engineering Department to conduct an independent study on the August 13 storm and the impact that the recently completed Garden State Parkway had on the flooding.

“Citizens have raised legitimate questions about how much of the flooding if any was caused by the Parkway construction and widening. The worst flooding was adjacent to the Parkway and the new exits and entrances along Burrsville Road,” said Mayor Ducey. “The Turnpike Authority and County Engineering Department have an obligation to find out if the flooding was worsened by their projects and if so, what they can do to help prevent this in the future.”

TOWNSHIP BREAKS GROUND ON PARK RENOVATION

Mayor John G. Ducey will be joined by Council members, township officials and residents at the ceremonial ground breaking for the Bernie Cooke Park renovation project on Wednesday, August 15 at 9am. This will be the sixth park renovated since Mayor Ducey took office in 2014.

“The renovation of Bernie Cooke Park has been a long time coming. We are excited to finally break ground and get this project underway,” said Mayor Ducey. “We are confident that when this project is complete and the park is open to the public, it will be a very popular place for our residents.”

The ground breaking ceremony is open to all and Mayor Ducey encourages residents, particularly residents of the Parkway Pines neighborhood, to join him at there.

The renovation of Bernie Cooke Park will include a multi-purpose field with an infield for baseball/softball, a basketball court, a concrete skate park, two age appropriate playgrounds for children up to 12 years of age, a bicycle training course for young people a walking/jogging path. A new parking area will be constructed and the park will have new fencing and landscaping. The park will be ADA-compliant and accessible to all.

The cost of the renovation will be $1,613,688. The winning bid was submitted by Precise Construction of Freehold, NJ. Precise Construction previously completed the Herbertsville Park, Angela Hibbard Park and Hank Waltonowski Park renovations. CME Associates designed the park and are serving as consulting engineers on the project.

The renovated project is expected to be open in the spring.

Park and playground renovations completed under Mayor Ducey include Windward Beach playgrounds, Herbertsville Park (formerly Colorado Park), Lake Riviera Park, Angela Hibbard Park and Hank Waltonowski Park. Future renovations are slated to take place at Bayside Park and Cedar Bridge Manor Park.

TOWNSHIP CONTEST IS LOOKING FOR YOUR BEST PHOTOS OF BRICK

The Brick Township Recreation Department is inviting residents to submit their best photos of Brick Township for the Take 5 Photo Challenge. The contest was conceptualized by Council Vice President Lisa Crate, as a way to encourage people to take pride in their hometown.

“There are so many incredible places and people that make Brick special,” said Council Vice President Crate. “This is the perfect opportunity to not only show off your photography skills, but also to celebrate what makes our town exceptional. I’m excited to see the many faces and places that make Brick the best place to live on the Jersey Shore!”

Residents wishing to participate can submit up to five photographs taken in Brick Township. Photographs must be printed out in an 8×10 format, unframed with a matte or gloss finish, and have your name, address and a brief description on the back. All of the submitted photos will be on display at a special gallery night on Thursday, October 18 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Prizes will be awarded to the photographers of the three best photos.

The Take 5 Photo Challenge is free to participate and is open to residents of all ages. The deadline for submissions is October 1. Submissions can be dropped off at the Brick Recreation Office, located at 270 Chambers Bridge Rd., or mailed to Brick Recreation Department, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ 08723 ATTN: Take 5 Photo Challenge.

TOWNSHIP ENCOURAGING YOU TO “PICK UP BRICK”

Throughout the summer, the Township of Brick will be supporting the “Pick up Brick” anti-litter campaign. The campaign will include three components:
Education- Sharing best practices to eliminate litter
Enforcement- Highlighting consequences for littering or not adhering to township code
Action- Environmental Commission led clean-ups, establishment of an email address where residents can report areas in need of attention and volunteer for community clean-ups.

“We all know how beautiful Brick Township is and how fortunate we are to live here,” said Mayor John Ducey. “With that good fortune also comes the responsibility to be good stewards for the land and waterways that provide such wonderful quality of life. The ‘Pick up Brick’ campaign will help encourage us all to take steps to ensure trash and debris end up in the appropriate place and not along our roadsides or in our waterways.”

Residents are encouraged to email pickupbrick@bricktownship.net to report areas that are in need of attention as a result of trash and debris. Individuals and groups can also email to volunteer for community clean-ups led by the Township Environmental Commission and Clean Communities Coordinator.

According to information from the National Homebuilder’s Association litter in a community can reduce home values by as much as 7%. Additionally, litter can have a detrimental impact on economic development, on tourism and can strain municipal resources such as Public Works, Code Enforcement and Parks Department staff.

For more information on the “Pick up Brick” program call 732-262-1050 or email pickupbrick@bricktownship.net

TOWNSHIP TO HOST FLOOD INFORMATION SESSION

The Township will be holding an open house to provide information to residents on flooding, flood risks and prevention, flood insurance, the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System, and various other flooding related topics on Tuesday, July 17 from 6pm to 8pm at the Civic Plaza, 270 Chambers Bridge Road.

Professionals from the Municipality, as well as invited representatives from various agencies will be on hand to assist residents. They include:

  • FEMA – Map Specialists, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Division
  • NFIP – National Flood Insurance Program
  • SMARTVENT® – Risk Reduction Plus Team
  • NJDEP – State Floodplain Administration
  • Brick Township Floodplain Management & Engineering Department

Property owners will have the opportunity to discuss and inquire about mitigation options and explore potential improvements that can be made to lower flood insurance premiums.

Additionally, representatives from Rowan University will be on hand. The University was awarded a grant from New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for a study titled: Impact-Based Decision Making Framework for Community-based Resiliency Planning under Extreme Storm Events. As part of this grant, Rowan University research team will be producing flood information products that residents can access to gain a better understanding of flood risks and steps they can take to protect themselves and their property.

For more information contact the Land Use and Planning Office at 732-262-1344.

MAYOR URGES GOVERNOR MURPHY TO VETO BILL

Mayor John G. Ducey is calling on Governor Phil Murphy to veto Senate Bill 2, which was passed by the Senate and Assembly. The bill strips adjustment school aid from over 100 districts, including Brick Township and redistributes it to other districts around the state. Under the plan, Brick will lose approximately $22.5 million in adjustment aid.

“This bill is an affront to our community, our schools and our taxpayers. Eliminating aid from our schools will have a severe impact on Brick Township in terms of higher taxes and poorer education for our schoolchildren,” said Mayor Ducey. “I implore Governor Murphy to do the right thing and veto this bill.”

Senate Bill 2, which was sponsored by State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (3rd District) will eliminate adjustment aid from the Brick Township public schools over the next seven years. That money would then be redistributed to districts that are said to by underfunded. According to the state’s formula, Brick Township is considered a ‘wealthy’ district.

“Our schools are trying to provide our students with a great education in as affordable way as possible and this bill is going to make that task even harder,” said Mayor Ducey.

Brick Township is also still dealing with the financial impact of Superstorm Sandy. “Our ratable base is still down over $309 million dollars from before the storm which is still impacting the taxpayers of our town. To add this to their burden is quite frankly unacceptable,” said Mayor Ducey.

The increases caused by this bill will hit older residents particularly hard. According to the last census, here in Brick Township there are 18,067 residents ages 60 and over – nearly 25% of the entire community.

“A significant number of our older residents are retired or are on fixed incomes. The massive school tax increases that will be caused by this legislation will have a severe impact on their quality of life,” said Mayor Ducey.

Mayor Ducey encourages residents to share their views on this legislation with Governor Murphy by calling the Governor’s Office or reaching out via social media including Facebook and Twitter.

DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT TICKETS OFFERED BY RECREATION DEPARTMENT

The Brick Township Recreation Department is pleased to offer discount tickets to several regional attractions. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Recreation Office while supplies last. This year’s offers are:

  • Adventure Aquarium, Camden NJ – $21.50 (over 12), $17.50 (2 – 12 years)
  • Morey’s Piers, The Wildwoods, NJ – $59.75 (flexible combo 48” and over), $46.25 (flexible combo under 48”)
  • Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ – $45 ( adult theme park), $35 (adult Hurricane Harbor), $21.50 (parking pass for either theme park or Hurricane Harbor)
  • Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Allentown, PA – $45 (adult regular season)
  • Hershey Park, Hershey, PA – $54 (adult ages 9 – 54), $41 (ages 3-8 & 55-69)
  • Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, PA – $20 (adult/child. Under 2yrs is FREE)
  • Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, Seaside Heights, NJ – $29 (Breakwater Beach all-day), $52 (Ride & Slide Same Day)
  • Medieval Times, Lyndhurst, NJ – $35 ( General admission)

For more information, please call 732-262-1073.