Ocean Zoning Board Advances Multiple Residential Renovations

At the recent meeting of the Ocean (Monmouth County) Zoning Board, a series of residential renovation projects were examined and voted upon, with a focus on front porch additions, attic space modifications, and the implementation of safety features. The board carefully deliberated on several variance requests, aesthetic concerns, and the impact of proposed changes on the community. Each application was debated for its adherence to zoning regulations and potential effects on the neighborhood’s character, with the board ultimately offering positive resolutions for most cases, subject to specific conditions.

A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to an application for extensive renovations at a residential property. The proposal, which included a one-story rear addition, a second-floor addition, and the reconstruction of the front porch, sparked discussion among board members. The variance requests for the front yard setback and the necessity for a grading plan were central to the deliberations. The applicant’s architect detailed the plan to reconfigure the home’s facade to create a more spacious and visually pleasing structure. The board also considered neighbor concerns about the attic space’s potential use as a bedroom, debating the implications on parking requirements. To alleviate these concerns, the applicant agreed to document a resolution preventing the attic’s future conversion into a bedroom and proposed replacing the current walk-up staircase with a pull-down version. This modification found favor with the board.

The board also addressed a proposal to install a 6-foot solid fence within the front yard setbacks. The fence was intended to provide safety by preventing children from running onto a busy street. The board members weighed the color of the fence, its location, and the addition of landscaping to soften its visual impact. Upon agreeing to conditions, the board offered a positive resolution for this application.

Another proposal that garnered attention involved a property owner’s intention to construct a front porch to enhance the home’s aesthetic appeal and create a welcoming space for guests. The board assessed the need for a grading plan and confirmed the number of bedrooms to ensure adequate parking. The public hearing for this application was closed with a favorable outcome, as the board moved and seconded a positive resolution.

The importance of aesthetics was a recurring theme throughout the meeting. For instance, a proposal to construct a covered front porch and a two-story addition to a dwelling was discussed at length. The applicant’s attorney and their architect presented the case, and the board engaged in a dialogue about the impact of the new construction on the existing finishes. The neighbors voiced concerns over porch lighting and expressed a preference for a design feature known as the “bump out.”

A case involving a property on Howard Avenue raised concerns about bird collisions with large picture windows. The board engaged in a discussion about the proposed changes to the house, including the addition of a dormer and the height of the walls. After considering the setback requirements and the potential impact of the dormer on the overall structure, the board discussed window design solutions to mitigate the bird hazard, such as using special glass or applying stickers.

The meeting concluded with the examination of a proposed construction project that included a one-story addition and a deck to the rear of a dwelling. The board reviewed the applicant’s plans and heard testimony from their architect, who addressed concerns regarding setbacks and property maintenance. The board’s final vote favored the project, with conditions such as removing an existing shed and adjusting the garage.

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.
Zoning Board Officials:
Shawanda Beale, John Fuller, Lisa Littman, Gino Dellomo, Richard Van Wagner, Jason Chmura, Victor Ashkenazi, Gitta Kaplan, Anthony DeGennaro, Anthony Pugielli, Mark Leneski, Claire Vilanova (Secretary to Zoning Board of Adjustment)

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