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How High To Elevate Manasquan? Planning Board to Discuss Proposed Ordinance

Borough proposing new rules for property in FEMA flood zones

The next step in determing how high at-risk and flood-damaged property will have to be raised will come tonight at the Manasquan Planning Board meeting.

At its regular meeting tonight, the planning board will discuss zoning changes such as how high garages, stairways and homes need to be raised.

A proposed ordinance would establish new building codes after a storm surge from Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the borough. The new elevations are in part based on Advisory Base Flood Elevation maps from FEMA and discussion at a borough forum held Jan. 19.

The proposed changes include raising V Flood Zones to 38 feet, which is up from 35 feet. V Flood Zones include Beachfront, parts of First Avenue and Riverside in Manasquan, according to borough officials.

For the A Flood Zones — which include the so-called "fish" streets of Glimmer Glass area, Rogers and Sims — is currently at 35 feet for conforming buildings but the proposed change is 38 feet.

The borough council will vote on the ordinance after public discussion at its Saturday morning meeting, but Tuesday's planning board meeting will have board members weigh in during the public meeting as well.

Borough Attorney Mark Kitrick will interpret the proposed ordinance for the board, and the discussion is one of the last items on the planning board's agenda, which is attached to this article.

To view your homes elevation and provisional base flood elevation from FEMA, click here.

The agenda for the Planning Board and the post-forum rebuilding plan is attached to this article as .pdf files.

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charlie February 05, 2013 at 07:43 PM
So if you have a 35ft house you can elevate it 3 feet to the max of 38 ft? And if you need to/or would like to go higher you need to modify the roof line? Raising house 40k+ and modifying roof 20k+ possibly more.
Penn Cross February 05, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Elevate as high as you possibly can. Even without the high level storms, a good part of Manasquan has terrible flooding problems.
Local Reader February 10, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Manasquan is behind the times in this area. Rather than do what is right for a property owner, town government and the planning board is more interested in making sure your house height doesn't exceed their own.
DDJA March 26, 2013 at 10:47 PM
absolutely insane to make people do this....our government should be doing something along the beaches to prevent flooding. even if people elevate, you will STILL have flooding issues. they need permanent, strategic issues to avoid this type of flooding. These zones would force many people to sell....it's just toooo costly and ridiculous.
DDJA March 26, 2013 at 10:49 PM
....and this WILL negatively impact the values of home in Manasquan, once people start selling.

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