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Lakehurst to Investigate Lot Creation Near Lake Horicon

Redevelopment agency authorized zoning officer to investigate lot creation

Lakehurst's redevelopment agency will allow the borough zoning officer to investigate whether some land near can be turned into lots and sold off. 

"There's always been something that's been on my mind, where we could create some lots by the lake," said zoning officer Danny Barker at February regular meeting last week. "It would be revenue."

Barker said it is possible that 260 feet of frontage on the corner of Union Avenue and Lake Street, across from the borough's board of education office, could be subdivided into smaller lots. Currently, the land is occupied by trees and playground equipment. 

"There's just a little bit of the playground equipment that would have to be moved," Barker said. "Very little."

The redevelopment agency discussed whether it would be possible, and if developing the land would be detrimental to views of the lake. 

"How close would it be to the water with wetlands?" asked Mayor Harry Robbins, who serves as redevelopment agency chairman. Certain state Department of Environmental Protection rules outline what land near fresh water can be developed and how much of a buffer is required between the water and construction. Barker said that other areas surrounding the lake already have been built upon so environmental concerns may not be a problem.

Borough attorney Sean Gertner advised the agency that it needs to check the history of the land.

"You have to check to see how it was acquired," said Gertner, who added that Lakehurst may not be able to sell the land if the borough came to possess it through funding from the state's Green Acres Program.

"It's worth looking into," said agency member Glenn McComas, though he added that development could take away one of the few views of the lake from Union Avenue. 

The agency voted to authorize Barker to do a sketch and, if the agency wants to move forward, a recommendation would be made to the governing body to complete a title search of the land. 

Barker said that he would prepare a sketch and do some preliminary investigation into the ownership history of the property which will be completed for the redevelopment agency's March regular meeting. 

T C February 07, 2012 at 06:41 PM
My thoughts exactly as above! The lake is a beautiful piece of nature in our town and to knock down the trees in front so someone can build what 1 or 2 houses? Come on! Look at the townhouses that some are already in foreclosure with signs on the outside!
rob mauceri February 07, 2012 at 11:48 PM
What a stupid idea. This shouldn't even be under concideration. That's just ging to cause an issue when it comes to town celebrations such has the 4th of july. The land is there for recriatonal use. This town really needs to stop build what it dosnt need.
Eileen Robbins February 08, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Next Wednesday at 7:30 PM there will be an informal public meeting with the Mayor. Come to the Lakehurst Community Center to express your concerns.
Mark Wendell March 08, 2012 at 12:14 AM
How many lots could be made from the 260 foot frontage anyway??? A bizzare idea. How much tax's could result from the devolopment of what looks like 2 lots???? GREED
Gregory Kyriakakis March 08, 2012 at 01:56 AM
The borough has abandoned this idea. Here is the update: http://manchester-nj.patch.com/articles/lakehurst-scraps-plans-to-research-lot-creation-near-lake-horicon

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