Little Egg Harbor Seeks Affordable Housing Adviser

Coordinator for Rehabilitation of Substandard Homes
May 16, 2017

As part of an affordable housing plan adopted May 11, the Little Egg Harbor Township Committee is accepting bids for a housing rehabilitation program coordinator.

This position would be independent of the township government and be responsible for bringing 111 units of substandard housing up to code as outlined in the township’s affordable housing plan.

The town has rehabilitated just three units: one in 2014 using $30,275 of the Ocean County CDBG Housing Rehabilitation program, and two in 2016 spending $27,800 and $24,600 to bring two houses into compliance. The Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation funds are in the form of 10-year deferred loans.

The town adopted two affordable housing plan ordinances after public hearings. The second deals with the set-side portion of the plan that calls for developers to set aside 20 percent of their new units of market rate houses as low-and moderate-income affordable, and 15 percent of any rental units.

A public hearing on a third ordinance was carried to the June 8 municipal meeting. This rezones two large parcels on Mathistown Road (both intended for 25 units) as low- and moderate-income housing, and one parcel on Route 9 as mixed-use business and affordable housing (75 units), east of the Otis Bog extension and Cranberry Creek. The ordinance was carried because neighboring parcels were not notified of the zoning change, said Township Attorney Jean Cipriani.

In related development issues, Four Seasons at Harbor Bay is a “qualified” community because it has been built out to 75 percent and is granted the services the rest of the township has. The town will pay the cost of garbage removal, plow the roads and pay for electric street lighting. Cipriani said if the community continues with a private garbage hauling company, the township only pays what it determines it would have cost to use municipal garbage removal.

This is to comply with the Municipal Services Act of 2007, said Cipriani.

On other topics, township emergency service calls in the first quarter of 2017 were 6,492, said police Lt. James Hawkins. This is an increase of 650 since 2013 for the same period.

Two clothes bins on the Pinelands Regional school campus will be used to fund an educational drug awareness program, said Hawkins. The police department also welcomed back Patrolman Timothy Hoolihan, who had been deployed to South Korea for four months.

Two dam problems that have concerned the township this year have been partially resolved, said Township Engineer Jason Worth. The earthen dam that was breeched on Roberts’ Pond has been repaired, and the dam spillway on Great Bay Boulevard that emptied Holly Lake was due to be fixed the next week, said Worth.

East Playhouse Drive should be repaved by Memorial Day. Tree clearing along Route 539 between 5th and 6th avenues is to make way for a Dollar General store to be built in that neighborhood.

Ed Andrews, spokesperson for the Osborn Island Homeowners Association, said that group has pledged $25,000 toward the cost of monitoring the shoreline restoration project being partially paid for by a $2.1 million National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant. The overall project is now approximately $2 million under-funded. The cost has been inflated by a number of changes and requirements by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection that were not considered at the outset, including the cost of monitoring the shoreline restoration for five years. The Barnegat Bay Partnership will do the monitoring.

The township has recouped $21,000 from the Ocean County recycling program. Deputy Mayor Barbara Jo Crea thanked the residents for continuing to recycle.

— Pat Johnson

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