Long Beach Township Rescinding Bulkhead Height Rule


Juliet Kaszas-Hoch
January 13, 2022

RECONSIDERING: The municipality adopted an ordinance very last Oct that modified bulkhead demands for lagoon and bayfront attributes, but introduced recently that it would annul the measure. (Photograph by Jack Reynolds)
Next months of dialogue amongst Extended Beach Township officers and inhabitants, the municipal board of commissioners made the decision to rescind Ordinance 21-27C, adopted last Oct, “which changed laws relating to bulkhead design specifications for lagoon and bayfront properties as a problem of certificates of occupancy,” as the municipality defined.
The township manufactured an introduction to rescind the measure at the Jan. 5 conference (moved from Jan. 3 thanks to inclement temperature) with 2nd looking at scheduled for the Feb. 7 conference.
“In the meantime,” the township “will not be implementing any of the adjustments that were being provided in Ordinance 21-27C,” as the municipality states on its web-site, longbeachtownship.com.
In accordance to the new evaluate, house owners earning significant enhancements to a home on the bay or lagoon – meaning any new development or other do the job that requires a certificate of occupancy – would have experienced to fulfill specific bulkhead height requirements: 7 ft (NAVD 1988) for bayfront houses in the southern sections of the municipality, 6 toes for any properties on the bay in the northern portion of the township and 6 toes for properties on a lagoon.
In advance of the annulment of the ordinance, the bulkhead peak mandate was also established to utilize to residence resales commencing Feb. 1 of this yr.
The township had hoped escalating bulkhead heights would help mitigate flooding troubles, in mix with other measures. Mayor Joseph Mancini also pointed out the state will finally mandate bigger bulkhead heights, so the township experienced aimed to get in entrance of that directive.
A amount of inhabitants, although, opposed the ordinance, citing issue about h2o dispersement, as some pointed out, and the simple fact the alterations would have been designed in a piecemeal method.
The board of commissioners meeting on Monday, Feb. 7 will be held at 4 p.m. at the municipal complicated in Brant Seashore.  —J.K.-H.

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