Ocean Planning Board Approves New Cannabis and Soil Tree Removal Ordinances

The Ocean Planning Board recently approved two ordinances, one regulating cannabis businesses, and the other pertaining to soil and tree removal.

The meeting, led by Director of Community Development and Planning Administrator Ronald J. Kirk, dove straight into the agenda, discussing the two proposed ordinances. The first ordinance, number 24 2442, pertains to soil and tree removal. The ordinance, part of the chapter 9 soil and tree removal section, is actually about governing privately-owned salt storage sheds. The ordinance is a state requirement that all municipalities need to adopt, as was clarified during the meeting.

The second ordinance, number 24 2444, is a step forward for the township’s approach to regulating cannabis businesses. The board unanimously agreed that this ordinance conforms to the master plan, which recommends expanding the number of zones where cannabis operations can exist within the township. Officials further substantiated the ordinance’s consistency with the master plan, indicating that it was a clarification of the existing ordinance.

Also on the agenda was the extension of a previous approval for First French speaking Baptist Church on Park Avenue, which was passed without any objections. Other procedural matters included the approval of minutes from previous meetings and the adoption of the master plan.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

John P. Napolitani Sr.
Planning Board Officials:
Ronald J. Kirk (Director of Community Development and Planning Administrator), Claire Vilanova (Secretary to the Planning Board), David Fisher, John Duthie, Estelle Klose, Jeffrey Weinstein, Edward DiFiglia, Jemal Beale, Jack Ades, David Bodnovich, Chris Caramanica

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