Good News in TR – 1400 Acre Rezoning Strengthened !

Save Barnegat Bay has assisted Dover Township in strengthening the rezoning of 1400 acres around Fischer Blvd, Church Road, and OCC, which may help the ordinance stand up against court challenges.

Save Barnegat Bay has, over the couse of sixteen months, assisted the Township of Dover in reviewing their Master Plan and in addressing the issue of rezoning the Fischer Boulevard and Church Road areas.

After much work, the Township on Tuesday,March 25, repassed the rezoning ordinance that had originally been passed in the spring of 2002. This time the Township avoided alleged procedural irregularities that had caused some parties to appeal the original rezoning to Superior Court.

This ordinance reduce the allowable density to one house per three acres in an area of approximately 1,400 acres.

This would have numerous positive environmental effects such as reducing the amount of polluting runoff passing into Silver Bay and Barnegat Bay, and creating less traffic on our already clogged roads.

It would make certain high density residential proposals, as well as the celebrated Home Depot proposal, impossible without a use variance from the Zoning Board.

Save Barnegat Bay has greatly enjoyed working with the citizens of this part of Dover Township, who did most of the work themselves. We are especially happy to and for Mr. Frank Kenny, who played an important leadership role in this effort.

Read more in the Ocean CountyObserver.

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