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Planning Board Meeting Of July 20, 2020


  1. Anonymous wrote:

    There seemed to be two options:

    1) 2 lots on 7th, 2 conforming, 1 variance needed, normal driveways, follow master plan

    2) 3 lots on 7th, 3 nonconforming, 17 variances needed, weird alley way, against master plan

    Seemed like an obvious choice to me. What is the point of having all these rules and plans if they are going to be ignored because “North End builds nice houses”. Which is not a false statement, they do, but these lots will be subdivided forever. Why not follow the established rules?

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    #1 the vote included the conditions and changes, not 17 variances anymore. The weird lane as you call it, is a benefit provides parking for the lots without taking away any spots on 7th that would not exist if a driveway was on each because of the entry, you also don’t have to worry about walking through cars that are jammed into the driveways and taking up the sidewalk space. The purpose of these kind of boards is for when there is a circumstance that is not the norm, this lot is not the typical lot and has a non conforming in the zone, how can you argue by changing the use to be conforming into a single family homes is more suited with the goals of the master plan.

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 7:18 pm | Permalink
  3. Average Joe wrote:

    #2 Why have certain rules when town can make way above average changes. Just another way above average acquiescence. Long Branch just watch us.

    Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 5:31 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    #3 From single family homes???? You equal that to long branch. Taking a non confirming use with no parking in a residential zone out and replacing it with single family residential use.
    Your definitely not average joe, you are an above average complainer

    Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6:25 am | Permalink
  5. Sandra Caputo wrote:

    Nice that it will not be another four story monstrosity crammed with condos.

    Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 8:52 am | Permalink
  6. Silver Lake wrote:

    #1, your assessment of the lots is incorrect. There could either be three 50×100 lots facing 7th Ave., or two “conforming” lots (50×150) facing D St. I put that in quotes because the corner lot would still need a variance, as they have different requirements. So, the homes on the north side of 7th could face out to 3 attractive home fronts, or face the side of a full size home that would have it’s front on D St. I would guess that all of the homes on 7th would prefer the former. Given the alternatives, I think the plan that was approved is in the best interest of the town and neighborhood.

    Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 12:17 pm | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    #6 incorrect. As was stated by the borough planner, attorney, and a couple of the board members, all three 50×100 are non-conforming and needed 11 variances (down from the original 17). The other option was to make two 75×100 lots facing 7th. In that case, the nonconforming lot on the corner would have needed 1 variance.

    #2 the reason the alley is weird is because it is not normal in Belmar to have an alley like that. If the benefit of having three houses face 7th is symmetry with the other side of the street, then normal driveways like every other house on 7th should have been included. Can’t have it both ways imo.

    Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    #7 there are other access roads like that through out belmar and there are also access roads onto the “letter street” similar to that for the multifamily condos, townhomes, etc, on the north end of town. You may not like it but parking is a big problem in belmar, a creative solution was this access way instead of front driveways to save the parking spots for the borough, driveway aprons take up alot of space. In addition if I was a neighbor to west I would be happy because it keeps the sidewalks clear for walking down the road and view clear without having to look at a bunch of cars cramming it to spots spilling as far onto the sidewalk as they need. Not to mention it is more conforming to the master plan that does not want parking in a front yard, thats a variance. Im all for creative, practical solutions to everyday issues. Are you going to say parking isnt an issue and that parking spots would be better served to just that specific house instead of the street parking first come first serve to the entire neighborhood.

    Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

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