In June we posted an article about plans to add a third floor to the Pizza building at #58-60 Main Avenue. The link is below.
In that post we said,:
“Are we witnessing the intentional progressive increase of density on Main Avenue that will make our downtown more congested with more parking troubles? Are we witnessing an acceleration of illegal approvals by Township officials beginning lately with Mary’s Place, then the rebuilding of #50 Main Ave, and now #60 Main Avenue?
“Every one of these projects has been done or will be done without following State RSIS parking regulations. And what about handicapped access for all these projects, and has the Township’s zoning been properly implemented for these deals? And what other such plans are in the works around town?”
On November 29 we received an email from an anonymous neighbor who was sent a “notice of public hearing to property owners.” He/she said:
“I received this letter on Friday about them adding a 3rd floor to 58-60 Main. This means more construction, more parking congestion as well as destroying the views some of the neighbors currently have.
“I don’t know if there is anything that can be done to stop it but I wanted to let you know this is already scheduled for a hearing. Your blog is a great place to spread the news of what is happening around town.”
Here is the notice. Click on it to enlarge it.:
Editor’s note: This building is non-conforming. We think it may be illegal to allow that third story because that addition will also be nonconforming. It will create greater density, greater parking problems, and more traffic congestion–all of which will make conditions worse, not better, on Main Avenue in that commercial area.
Zoning approvals are supposed to make things better with the exception of special circumstances, which this plan is not.
If you oppose these variances, you would have to go to the hearing and bring a land-use lawyer with you. But you may be talking yourself into a law suit.
It’s a job for the Home Groaners Association, but they will never step to the plate for the town in matters such as this.
So if no one goes to the meeting to oppose the plan, it will go through even though it violates the State RSIS law about off-street parking for that building and even though the permission will not “advance the intent and purpose of the zoning law,” which is what the NJ Municipal Land Use Law requires for such a non-conforming addition to an existing non-conforming building. (MLUL 40-55 D70-c)
The Planning Board will do what it always does by giving permission to allow more residential units in a neighborhood without requiring off-street parking. It’s the way things are done in Ocean Grove.
Take a look at Asbury Park where nothing gets built without providing off-street parking.
–Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger
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