OCEAN TOWNSHIP: A presentation for a new land development project in the beginning stage - a concept level plan for the area of Highway 35 and Deal Road- will be offered to residents and interested parties on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Ocean Township High School auditorium. It will be a revised plan reflecting changes since the Spring 2017 similar public presentation, an open forum.
The earlier plan proposal was at the auditorium by Mr. Maurice Zekaria, a local resident and principal for developer Paramount Reality LLC. The unusual public discussion was made before a possible filing with the township Planning Board so as to encourage early public feedback.
Some members of the public have said they were not aware of the Spring meet, others did attend and feedback has been voiced, mainly at Ocean Council meetings. Mayor Chris Siciliano has aided public awareness by helping Paramount facilitate rental of the OTHS facility.
Absent the LLC 's filing with the Board, Council has voiced no position.
Earlier this year the Council simultaneously, began working on review of the town's land use rules, the Master Plan, to bring it up to date. The State requires it every ten years to keep current. A recent change was made in the area that includes the area the LLC concept plan.
There also have been one-on-one group discussions with the LLC since Spring by residents and interested individuals, and the developer again rented the auditorium for January 29 to invite public awareness and answer questions. Technical experts of the developers will be there.
The Ocean Environmental and Shade Tree Commissions have also been tracking activities and offered information of concern to the two entities. Part of their concerns included assuring the LLC was aware of development impact on the township Tree Canopy and other considerations, appearance being one. Readers can find info on the Ocean web under" Commissions, Environmental", click Urban Tree Canopy. Assessment.
Public concerns have included historical importance of the area and special aspects of significance. The concept remains as such, and if plan acceptance is accomplished, the purchase and filing may go forward.