Long Beach Township Land Use Board Approves Municipal Master Plan Update

Dec 20, 2017

Long Beach Township’s Land Use Board has unanimously approved the 10-year update of the municipality’s Master Plan. The update was prepared by the Master Plan Committee, comprised of members of the board, representatives from the township’s Building and Zoning  Department, local business owners and residents.

According to a municipal press release, the committee “met numerous times throughout this year to discuss the success of the township and the challenges that lie ahead. Largely, the committee recognized that the township should continue to maintain the low density and single family character which has evolved throughout the community, while encouraging concentrated patterns of commercial development where appropriate.”

Improving the township’s utility infrastructure remains a primary objective for the next decade, in addition to “ensuring that all new sanitary sewer, drinking water and stormwater infrastructure is resilient to withstand future storm events and efficient for today’s users,” the municipality stated. “These upgrades also involve the township’s ongoing commitment to continuously combat nuisance flooding in the most flood-prone areas of the community.”

Bolstered by voters’ approval of a recent referendum question related to a nominal fee for shuttle bus riders, the municipality will continue to support the Island-wide system. The program, said the township, “promotes ease of travel around the Island and will also encourage federal and state agencies in their efforts to maintain navigable waterways and marina access.”

Mayor Joseph Mancini and Commissioners Joseph Lattanzi and Ralph Bayard also remain optimistic that the sedge islands in Barnegat Bay will be utilized by the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the beneficial reuse of dredge spoil material.

As the township release notes, the governing body, with the support of the community, continues “to be forward thinking, and the Master Plan Committee feels the analysis completed, and the recommendations made with the 2017 Long Beach Township Master Plan, will foster the community’s growth and ensure that this coastal town remains a sustainable place in which to work, live and play.” —J.K.-H.

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