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.