By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger
In a notice to the members today, the OGHOA announces that an “application for a variance to allow construction of a driveway at #27 Heck Avenue has been filed with the Neptune Township Zoning Board of Adjustment. ”
The HOA goes on to say that curb-cuts for driveways are forbidden under the Neptune Township Land Development Ordinance. The say, “Variances like the one sought for 27 Heck Avenue degrade the integrity of Ocean Grove’s unique streetscape. They are the proverbial ‘slippery slope,’ and once granted are difficult to deny to other applicants.”
Obviously they are opposed to this variance and they ask that citizens should attend the ZBA meeting on April 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm.
If you want to read the entire HOA analysis of the situation, you can click on the link below:
Unfortunately the HOA essay fails to explain the unique nature of the property at 27 Heck Avenue, as shown in these two photographs. Where did that large lot (Heck to Main) come from, and what was planned for the remaining space which seems to be too small for houses ?
Nor does it tell us more about the issue such as who the owner is and what is behind this particular variance application. Do they also want a garage? And what’s planned for the Main Avenue side of that lot next to# 26 Main Avenue (shown above.)
They really should do a more complete job of explaining the situation so that Grovers who wish to attend the meeting can have more background information.
Blogfinger has not investigated this matter, so if any of our readers know about the circumstances, please comment below. We are limited in our availability, so maybe the HOA will finally do its job and get involved in every land use mess that is identified in the Grove. Nothing less should be considered if this historic town is to be saved.
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Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.