Thursday, November 29, 2012
Two approved ordinances include other zoning changes.
City Council voted on Thursday to rezone two commercial properties that have sat vacant and unsold for extended periods of time. Council unanimously passed the second and final readings of two ordinances — one rezoning part of the 300 block of West Avenue (the bay side) that includes a long-closed Wawa, and the other rezoning part of the 1500 block of Haven Avenue (the ocean side) that is home to the closed Peter Lumber Company. The second ordinance included several other zoning changes in addition to the 1500 block of Haven Avenue. THE WAWA BLOCK The Wawa Food Market at the corner of Fourth Street and West Avenue remains unsold, because Wawa (at least initially) would not sell to anybody who would develop a competing coffee shop or …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Storm costs, waived permit fees, vacant Wawa and Peter Lumber properties and a police boat are among agenda items.
City Council meets again at the Ocean City Free Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 29) as flood repairs continue at City Hall. Council has a full agenda (see attached PDF for supporting documents) and will consider an ordinance raising the required first-floor elevation of new Ocean City homes and a resolution asking for more sand for the south end of the island. But here are five other agenda items that might be of interest.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The changes are scheduled for a second and final vote on Nov. 29.
City Council moved Tuesday to rezone two commercial properties that have sat vacant and unsold for extended periods of time. Council passed the first readings of two ordinances — one rezoning part of the 300 block of West Avenue (the bay side) that includes a long-closed Wawa, and the other rezoning part of the 1500 block of Haven Avenue (the ocean side) that is home to the closed Peter Lumber Company. The second ordinance included several other zoning changes in addition to the 1500 block of Haven Avenue. Second and potentially final votes on the ordinances are scheduled for Nov. 29. THE WAWA BLOCK The Wawa Food Market at the corner of Fourth Street and West Avenue remains unsold, because Wawa (at least initially) would not sell to …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The mayor issues a public statement on Monday, Oct. 22.
Monday, October 22, 2012
STATEMENT BY MAYOR JAY A. GILLIAN ON MASTER PLAN RE-EXAMINATION REPORT I would like to thank the Planning Board for their time and efforts in completing a comprehensive Master Plan Re-examination Report. This work, which began back in August of 2011, involved many hours of study and discussion by the board members and their professionals. Overall, the report provides an opportunity to enhance and promote what makes Ocean City a desirable community for both resident families and visitors to our resort. I especially appreciate those sections of the report that accomplish the following: In the coming weeks and months, the administration will work with the Planning Board and City Council to enact significant portions of the report. We will do…
Check to see if your street is affected.
Less than a week after the Planning Board approved an updated Master Plan, City Council will get to work on turning the recommendations into law. At a public meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall, City Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance that would make several zoning changes. The changes were suggested in the Master Plan, a massive document that serves as a guideline for zoning and land-use decisions. The Planning Board approved a scheduled five-year update of the Master Plan on Oct. 17. City Council's regularly scheduled Thursday meeting was moved up by two days because of the Halloween Parade scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Other rezoning …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Despite a host of questions from the public, the board OKs a re-examination of the city's Master Plan.
In a 7-0 vote on Wednesday evening (Oct. 17), the Ocean City Planning Board approved its Master Plan Re-Examination, a massive document that guides zoning and land-use decisions and has been more than a year in the making. Board members Sally-Jo DeLussa (former chairwoman), Marc Shuster, Gus Bruno and Joseph Sheppard were not present. The board listened to about 90 minutes of public comment before approving the plan with little discussion. The Master Plan does not change any 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. Ocean City’s current comprehensive master plan was adopted in 1988 and most recently re-examined and …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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 …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
With owners suing for the right to make improvements, the Ocean City Planning Board will suggest a reprieve for existing Beach and Dune Zone houses.
Six homes built on the beach in Ocean City will win a small victory if the Ocean City Planning Board approves its updated Master Plan on Wednesday. The update recognizes the right for these Beach and Dune Zone homes to exist. The homes were built long before the establishment in 1988 of a zone that does not permit any residential or commercial uses. In some cases, they were constructed even before the creation of the current bulkhead line that separates the beach from the streets. While the creation of the new zone did not force owners to give up their homes, it did make them "nonconforming" — meaning expansions, improvements or rebuilding (in the event of destruction) cannot be completed without obtaining a use variance approval from the…
Friday, October 12, 2012
Check to see if your street is high on the priority list for repairs. Look for an updated Master Plan and more.
Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo reported that an updated version of the Master Plan Re-Examination is posted on the City of Ocean City website in advance of the Wednesday, Oct. 17 meeting when it could be approved by the Planning Board. He also said an updated Road Ratings report is posted. The rating system determines priorities for street improvements in Ocean City. City Council approved the final reading of an amended ordinance that requires irrigation system workers to be "properly licensed." The local ordinance mimics a state regulation but gives Ocean City the teeth to enforce it. Violations will be punishable by a $250 fine for a first offense and subsequent $500 fines. City Council voted unanimously to appropriate $…
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The Planning Board solicited public comment at a meeting Oct. 3 at the library.
About 30 members of the public attended a Planning Board meeting on Wednesday night at the Ocean City Free Public Library to offer input on the city's "Master Plan," a document that attempts to bring order to the city's growth and development. With about 20,000 properties crammed onto an island of about seven square miles, the quality of life of existing residents was a common theme. Planning Board member Marc Shuster made an impromptu statement before public comment that seemed to reflect many of the statements that would follow. Acknowledging that he was a leader in the effort to define a new Hospitality Zone catered to commerce and visitors, Shuster urged the board to redouble its efforts to serve year-round residents. "This potential …