Belmar Zoning Board Approves New Construction and Addresses Notice Discrepancies

In a recent meeting, the Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment made notable decisions on property developments and addressed procedural matters. Among the most newsworthy items were the board’s approval of a new single-family home construction and the careful consideration of notice requirements for a proposed 2.5-story building, which led to the application being carried over to a later date for re-notice.

The board unanimously approved the construction of a new single-family dwelling with a focus on maintaining the character of the neighborhood while also incorporating modern amenities. The application, which involved the demolition of an existing single-family home, was thoroughly reviewed with conditions imposed on the location of air conditioning condensers, landscaping efforts, and adherence to borough regulations.

A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to the application by Victor Batista, which proposed the demolition of an existing 2.5-story multi-family dwelling and the construction of a modern equivalent. The board’s discussion centered on the classification of the proposed building and the sufficiency of the notice provided to the public. The board’s attorney, Kevin Kennedy, underlined the importance of adhering to New Jersey’s legal standards for proper notice, which includes detailed information about the hearing and availability of plans for public inspection. Due to potential technical inaccuracies in the notice, the board, upon advice from Kennedy and in agreement with the applicant’s attorney, decided to re-notice the application to avoid legal complications and ensure transparency.

Another compelling development in the meeting was when Mr. DiOrio, a member of the public, referenced a previous project, emphasizing the importance of the condominium association’s parameters in determining setbacks. Board member Chuck Ross raised concerns about the proposed expansion’s alignment with the town’s plans, which initiated a detailed review of the project’s specifics.

The board also tackled a request to revisit a previous recommendation concerning the definition of a half-story in building regulations. This discussion was closely linked to the broader theme of ensuring that new construction and renovations align with the borough’s character and regulatory framework.

In addition to the specific property applications, the board approved a resolution to dismiss an application without prejudice and discussed the need for an executive session to deliberate on matters and litigation. Moreover, the board expressed the intent to add a recommendation to the year-end report regarding the regulation of cell tower usage on commercial properties.

During the meeting, the board also highlighted the importance of diversity among its members, with a note on the absence of female representation on the board, signaling an awareness of gender balance in local governance.

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Gerald Buccafusco
Zoning Board Officials:
Mark Fitzgerald, Tony Almeida, Chuck Ross, Jim DiOrio, Phil Greig, Holly Deitz, Mike Melango, Mark O’Neill – Alternate #2, Barry Lubin – Alternate #3, Kevin Kennedy, Esq. (Board of Adjustment Attorney), April Claudio (Board of Adjustment Secretary)

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