OCEAN TOWNSHIP: Ocean's Town Council has proposed a new ordinance, 2303, and has sent it to the Planning Board for review at the November 27 Board Meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
The ordinance is a first change in the master plan since Council started to take a re-look at the town and its ad hoc changes that have come bout by growth and usage variances over the years, a worthwhile effort to catch up to actual use and look ahead to future developments. One new development in consideration is by Paramount LLC at Highway 35 and Deal Road, in the Concept stage at this time. The ordinance change and the ordinance seem to have a same course, if Planning agrees when Paramount goes formal with a filing for development.
Paramount held a meeting at the high school last Sprung to let the public know of its plans and get feedback. No official application has been made yet, as Paramount is still "on hold" pending its assessment of the viability that its plans will be accepted by Planning.
Council has had some contact with the developer when the public meeting was requested, helping the company to find its way through to the reserving of OTHS for the public show of its plans. An unusual approach by the LLC which is operated by local residents who grew up here and wanted the town to know in advance what was on the horizon.
While residents have said to Council that the meeting was not made aware to all, Council and Mayor Siciliano did make announcements yet the meeting itself had only about 100 in attendance, not many. The open nature of he meeting allowed questions to most questions, yet some had no response due to the details to then available.
A resident on Deal Road has been pursuing the progress and like others has concerns about what will happen to the area in general as details are not yet known. One proposal was for Ocean to purchase the land as open space, a recent ordinance provision allowing that possibility. Costs may be high.
Some words have been shared with the governing body about the plans with thoughts exchanged but lacking details since Planning must first take a look and then formal procedures initiated.
The Ocean Environmental Committee has not been closely, directly involved, nor Shade Tree as nothing official has been submitted pending Planning Board filing.
November 27 will be the PB look at the Ordinance 2303 which Council put before the public at its November 9 meeting, the "first intro" to be followed next meeting according to procedures for ordinance approvals.