At their very first in-person meeting since the beginning of the pandemic, Lakewood Township’s Zoning Board tonight granted a Use Variance and Major Subdivision approval to permit construction of 43 single family homes off of the east side of Brook Road, north of Ridge Avenue / 7th Street.
The total buildable area of the tract is 12.73 acres.
According to the plans submitted, the application would develop 3 paper roads through the development.
The applicant proposed one main access road off of Brook Road, and to satisfy state requirements of a secondary access road for developments of more than 25 units, a 16-foot wide emergency access road to be constructed of gravel.
The board conditioned the approval on the secondary road being properly paved.
The plans did not propose a shul. The board conditioned the application that at least one house must be sold to a rabbi who will have a shul in his house. The developer will not be permitted to receive a Certificate of Occupancy on his final home unless one of them was sold to a rabbi who has a shul in his house.
Township zoning laws permit single family homes in this area, but only on lots of 15,000 sq foot each. The application proposes lots as small as 11,033.43 sq feet.
The application will also require Ocean County approval.
A number of neighbors spoke up at the zoning board hearing in opposition to the application. Some neighbors hired an attorney to fight the application. Some neighbors spoke in favor of the application, citing the need for additional housing in Lakewood.