Tuckerton Land Use Board Hears Multifamily Project in Residential Zone

Jun 28, 2017

A proposed multifamily residential building, “Tuckerton Terrace,” on an unimproved road between Tip Seaman Drive and Cedar Street needs a use variance from the Tuckerton Land Use Board before it can proceed.

On June 15, it was standing room only in borough hall as neighbors of the site came out to protest. “There were about 75 people,” said an eyewitness, whose home would be impacted by the change of use in a residential zone.

Charles Messano of Mantoloking is the applicant and according to plans filed with the borough, he is proposing to construct an age-restricted apartment or condo building with eight two-bedroom apartments and 16 one-bedroom apartments.

The land is 1.38 wooded acres next to a wetland and two-thirds of the property is in a flood zone.

The applicant needs a use variance because multifamily units are not allowed in a R-75 zone. Another variance would be needed because multifamily buildings in Tuckerton are limited to 12 units in one building and he is proposing 24.

The town’s engineer also noted that because 52 parking spaces would be needed to service the proposed residents, the applicant would need a CAFRA (Coastal Area Facilities Review Act) permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The applicant is asking for a waiver from preparing an environmental impact statement.

Because there were more issues to discuss, including the proposed infiltration stormwater system in a section of town where the water table is between 18 and 42 inches, the application was carried to the next board meeting on Aug. 17, 7 p.m.  —P.J.


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