Master Plan Vote Set for Tonight

The Planning Board is scheduled to vote on a set of new recommendations for Ocean City zoning and land use.

A final public hearing and potential vote by the Planning Board on adopting an updated Master Plan is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight (Oct. 17) at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

The Master Plan does not change zoning ordinance or city regulation — it serves merely as a set of recommendations. Any proposed ordinance amendments must be approved by City Council at a later date.

Visit the city's Master Plan Re-Examination Report page to see the proposed changes and accompanying documents.

The Planning Board is in the final stages of a re-examination process, mandated by state law, that asks a community to evaluate how well its Master Plan and existing zoning regulations fit current land-use conditions. 

Ocean City’s current comprehensive master plan was adopted in 1988 and most recently re-examined and amended in 2006. 

The plan addresses everything from city gateways to building heights (first-floor and top floor). A sampling of amendments follows:

  • Changes to Drive-in Business, Office and Bank Zones downtown
  • Changes to the Beach and Dune Zone.
  • Changes to the Gardens 75/7000 Zone
  • Changes to the North End Neighborhood Zone
  • Changes to zoning on the 300 block of West Avenue that's home to a former Wawa
  • Changes to zoning on the 1200 block of Haven Avenue that would allow two small single-family homes on a lot that would have formerly accommodated a single duplex
  • Changes to multi-family zoning on Simpson Avenue between 15th and 17th streets
  • Changes related to Brown's and Oves restaurants
  • Changes in Ocean City's Central Business and Hospitality Zones

See the Master Plan Re-Examination Report page for full detail.

Fred Miller October 17, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Changes to the Beach and Dunes Zone--I don't think so! See you tonight at the Ocean City Free Public Library!
Eric Sauder October 17, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Gee I wonder if it will pass :) I have to start working on my Christmas list too. Fred check out the two stories Cindy Nevitt did on the re-exam on shorenewstoday, one on the coastal cottage concept and the other on conflict of interest. Sorry Doug but I don't think either will be printed and I simply want to let people know they're out there.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »