Sea Bright Planning Board Debates Property Improvement Plans

In a recent Sea Bright Planning Board meeting, rigorous debate unfolded over the construction of steps and a deck on a local property.

The main agenda item that dominated the discussion was a new application brought forth by Charles Rooney concerning the construction of steps on his subdivided property. Rooney retained ownership of a portion of the land, granting an easement to his neighbor, Elliot Stern, who intended to build steps on the property. The Planning Board scrutinized the proposal, with members raising issues about the lack of clear dimensions for the proposed steps. The board emphasized the importance of accurate measurements to ensure the steps conformed to the standard sizes of similar structures in the area. Without the presence of the builder, the board could not obtain the necessary clarification on the design, leading to a decision to defer the matter until more information could be provided.

Further complicating the board’s agenda was the debate over the dimensions of a proposed deck. Similar to the stairs, board members expressed concerns over the lack of detailed measurements in the plan and questioned how the deck’s staircase might obstruct the sidewalk. The applicant revealed that the same architect responsible for a neighboring property’s deck design was used. Nonetheless, the board postponed any decisions, requesting that the applicant submit revised drawings with precise sizes and dimensions for a review at a subsequent meeting.

During the public comments segment of the meeting, an attendee proposed the expansion of the sidewalk to better accommodate bicycle traffic. However, it was noted that there could be restrictions on increasing impervious areas on the property. This suggestion did not lead to any further public discussion or motions, yet it represented the community’s interest in balancing private property improvements with public accessibility and infrastructure development.


Each project received thorough scrutiny to ensure that any alterations to the properties would adhere to community standards and regulations.

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Brian P. Kelly
Planning Board Officials:
Frank Lawrence, Erwin Bieber, C. Lance Cunningham, Stephen Cashmore, Marc A. Leckstein, Elizabeth DeGiulio, David DeSio, Peggy Bills, Jon Schwartz, Mark Zelina, Candace B. Mitchell (Board Secretary), Benjamin A. Montenegro, Esq. (Board Attorney), David J. Hoder, P.E., P.P. (Board Engineer), Jennifer Beahm, P.P. AICP (Board Planner)

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