OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The multi-unit development project planned for Green Grove Road, the Enclave at Ocean, a senior living development, was approved by the Ocean Planning Board during a special meeting on Jan. 9. The approval to be memorialized at a later meeting, was based on completed site plan submissions and testimony on a matter that began more than a year ago.
The development by Toll Brothers, LLC was processed through many meetings which included resident interviews by the development and numerous reviews by township officials and experts, including outside experts requested by the locals as assurance of the thoroughness and accuracy of detail specifications regarding the 75 unit project near the corner of West Park Avenue and Green Grove Road.
The special expert, Professor Bagtzoglou at the University of Connecticut School of engineering, was engaged in order to provide unbiased analysis with regard to the somewhat challenging nature of the case.
The Board had overseen meetings of its engineering experts Jim Higgins, Planning Consultant for the Ocean Board and William Fitzgerald, Board Engineer, working with township officials including Marianne Wilensky, Director, and Community Development for Ocean.
Over the year or so of the proceedings Toll Bros. met with neighbors in the immediate to negotiate how Toll might adjust their activities and work to be acceptable to neighbors, their rationale being to complete their project in a neighborhood they will be able to sell with neighbors having had their "two cents".
The Board expressed positive appreciation and were approving with several financial points being paid by the applicant: Zoning requirements met, Tree replacement required met and money paid for trees lost in the development of $634,000 to the Shade Tree Fund, $1,800,000, to the town for affordable housing and technical matters, such as drainage and flood sensitive use.
The emphasis on tree mitigation was enhanced from the Ocean Environmental Commission study delivered to the engineer to address issues of a shrinking tree canopy cover in the town.