Beach Haven Taking Time With Zoning Ordinance

The Seaside Haven Borough Council appears to be in no hurry to finalize a new zoning ordinance that would outcome in modifications to the company zone along Bay Avenue.
At the summary of a distinctive conference held by using Zoom on Monday, Feb. 21, officials indicated they would be ready to meet up with individually with business enterprise house owners who had problems about the ordinance, which was in the beginning introduced more than the summer season. But the council tabled it in September immediately after critics complained it was as well intrusive.
The new ordinance would prohibit various takes advantage of in the enterprise zone alongside Bay Avenue, such as single-spouse and children detached dwellings, multi-family detached dwellings, two-family detached dwellings and accommodations and motels. The spot covers 12th Avenue to Pearl Road and stretches in the vicinity of the Holgate border.
Flats are permitted, but they can be positioned only earlier mentioned professional models that occupy at minimum the overall initial floor.
What some have regularly objected to is a stipulation that if an individual required to provide a organization, the home would remain a business enterprise and could not be transformed into a household dwelling.
That was introduced up by Bonnie Lenhart, chair of the land use board and longtime co-owner of  Rommel’s Liquor Retailer.
“I’ve experienced far more than 50 years’ practical experience in this town and I really don’t want another person to convey to me what I can or simply cannot do with my residence,” she mentioned. “This is far too restrictive. If I’m not able to promote my house to another enterprise, I must not be produced to do it.”
John Hailperin, president of the Beach Haven Taxpayers Affiliation, explained proscribing the use of commercial properties cuts down its price to probable buyers and buyers. He mentioned the group’s management is against the ordinance.
“There is no indication about the potential valuation of the property or enhanced taxes,” he mentioned. “It is challenging for us to know the true financial effect.”
Ken Muha, a member of the land use board and operator of the Bagel Shack, claimed the borough should “incentivize companies as a substitute of placing a lot more limitations on them.”
“I’m extremely concerned about the path that this is heading,” he stated. “This ordinance is an overreach, and what is the hurry to get this finished?”
Resident Steve McGlynn claimed, “We have to appear very long phrase in preserving the firms mainly because if you do not protect it, you are likely to get rid of it.”
In a report accompanying the ordinance, Borough Engineer Frank Little wrote that the proposed zoning alterations are meant “to re-energize Beach Haven’s town heart and advertise uninterrupted commecial progress by reducing household makes use of that are devoid of a organization or mixed use developing.”
“The classic experience of a most important avenue in town presents a special option for the region to satisfy a dual function as a social district for community gatherings and hub of activity for commerce and residential living which can be attained as a result of both public and non-public expense. The fundamental goal of this zone alter is to guide revitalization and redevelopment of the borough’s organization district, thereby reigniting its worth as a group asset, particularly for modest enterprises,” Small wrote.
Mayor Colleen Lambert stated the borough “is not striving to ram it down anyone’s throat” and that the borough should “still do extra homework” ahead of adopting the ordinance.
“I have satisfied individually with some company owners, and will proceed to do so if they have fears,” she stated. “Some people may possibly feel far more relaxed in a one-to-one particular placing than speaking at a community meeting.”
Councilwoman Nancy Taggart Davis said it was “really disappointing” that couple small business house owners had been in attendance. “I was expecting to hear a whole lot additional comments. I have been in support of this ordinance and believe that that if you provide your small business, it really should be to a further enterprise. It would also be a very good thought to do some a lot more analysis and discover out what other shore communities are carrying out.”
Councilwoman Jaime Baumiller explained, “I do concur that we need to take a beneficial solution. I do care about this town, and the firms enjoy a huge aspect. It is what separates us from the relaxation of the Island cities.”
— Eric Englund

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