OCTOBER 28, 2019...
OCEAN TOWNSHIP'S PLANNING BOARD MEMORIALIZED THE RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE DEAL RD/HWY 35 DEVELOPMENT, ALLOWING DEVELOPERS TO CLEAR CUT 4,000 TREES, TO MAKE ROOM FOR A 24/7 GAS STATION WITH 12 PUMPS FOR GAS & DIESEL PLUS CONVENIENCE STORE, 114 ROOM EXTENDED STAY HOTEL, A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT, WITH DRIVE-THRU LANES, A BANK, MIXED USE RETAIL AND 70+ URBAN TOWNHOUSES WHICH WILL BE BUILT RIGHT NEXT TO AN URBAN JUG-HANDLE WHICH WILL BRING HIGHWAY SPEED TRAFFIC, INCLUDING COMMERCIAL TRUCKS INTO THE CENTER OF THIS DEVELOPMENT. THERE WILL BE NO SIDEWALKS, OR SPEED BUMPS, OR PROPER PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS. THIS IS A GREAT SAFETY CONCERN FOR OCEAN TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS ON ALL LEVELS .
MY NAME IS JACQUI WENZEL AND I STARTED A CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS TOWARD THE DRAMATIC ZONING CHANGES THAT WERE REQUIRED & APPROVED BY OCEAN TOWNSHIPS MAYOR & COUNCIL, SPECIFIC TO ONE DEVELOPERS NEEDS, WITH THE PASSING OF ORDINANCE #2303
TODAY WE ARE CHALLENGING THESE ZONING CHANGES IN AN APPEAL, WHICH WAS ACCEPTED
BY THE APPELLATE DIVISION IN TRENTON, AWAITING A HEARING.
IF WE WIN OUR APPEAL AGAINST THE ZONING CHANGES IN #2303, WHICH WERE FORCED THROUGH THE APPROVAL PROCESS, OCEAN TOWNSHIP'S MAYOR AND COUNCIL WILL HAVE TO RESUBMIT ZONING CHANGES MORE IN LINE WITH OCEAN TOWNSHIP'S MASTER PLAN.
THE CURRENT ZONING CHANGES TRANSFORMED 13 ACRES OF LOW IMPACT COMMERCIAL USEAGE ON RT.35 ONLY AND 40 SINGLE FAMILY HOMES ALONG DEAL ROAD, INTO HIGH DENSITY COMMERCIAL USE, WHICH IS SUBSTANTIALLY INCONSISTENT WITH OCEAN TOWNSHIPS MASTER PLAN.
THESE CHANGES THREATEN NEW JERSEY'S COASTAL WETLANDS AND NEIGHBORING HOMES ALONG POPLAR BROOK WITH STORM WATER RUNOFF. AT THE OCTOBER 7TH MEETING, A MAJORITY OF THE PLANNING BOARD VOTED YES, WITHOUT TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE DETRIMENT THIS PROJECT WILL HAVE ON THE GENERAL WELFARE OF OUR COMMUNITY.
CONCERNING TRAFFIC SAFETY, THE PLANNING BOARD WAS NEVER SHOWN ACCIDENT REPORTS, SUPPLIED BY OCEAN TOWNSHIP'S POLICE DEPARTMENT, WHICH DOCUMENTS AN AVERAGE OF 3 CAR CRASHES A MONTH AT THE INTERSECTION OF DEAL RD & HWY 35. THEY WERE ALSO NOT PERMITTED TO VIEW IMPORTANT VIDEO FOOTAGE OF POPLAR BROOK.
WE HAVE 45 DAYS TO APPEAL THE PLANNING BOARDS VOTE, BEGINNING OCTOBER 28, 2019-ENDING DECEMBER 11TH 2019
IT IS MY CONCERN AND THE CONCERN OF MY NEIGHBORS, THAT WE DO ALL WE CAN TO PRESERVE THE HISTORIC SITE, WHICH WAS FOUND ELIGIBLE FOR LISTING IN OUR NATIONAL REGISTRY OF HISTORIC PLACES AND IS ONE OF ONLY TWO LEFT IN MONMOUTH COUNTY, WITH THIS LEVEL OF HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE.
A MAJORITY OF OUR TOWN'S RESIDENTS VOTED 2/1 TO APPROVE AN OPEN SPACE TAX TO PROTECT WHAT LIMITED FOREST WE HAVE LEFT. TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS WOULD LIKE OCEAN TOWNSHIP TO UTILIZE THAT TAX, COMBINED WITH FUNDING OFFERED BY MONMOUTH CONSERVATION FOUNDATION, AND OTHER GREEN ACRES ORGANIZATIONS TO PRESERVE THE HISTORIC NATIVE AMERICAN SITE, THE WETLAND FOREST AND THE WILDLIFE INSIDE, FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR ANY LEVEL OF SUPPORT YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO HELP IN OUR APPEAL AGAINST THE PLANNING BOARDS DECISION TO APPROVE THIS HIGH DENSITY COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT.
ALL DONATIONS COLLECTED BY THIS POST ARE DEPOSITED INTO THE SAVE32ACRES BANK ACCOUNT c/o Jacquelyn Wenzel. CHECKS WRITTEN FROM THIS ACCOUNT HAVE GONE 100% TOWARD LEGAL REPRESENTATION, COURT FILING FEES, A TREE EXPERT TO EVALUATE THE CONDITION OF THE TREES, POSTCARD MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS & LAWN SIGNS TO RAISE AWARENESS.
With the joined effort of all who oppose this oversized development, I believe we can protect this land for generations to come
OCEAN TOWNSHIP'S MAYOR & COUNCIL HAD TO APPROVE & ADOPT ALL ZONING CHANGES IN ORDINANCE #2303, in order to CUSTOMIZE THE LAND USE of the UNDEVELOPED
32 acres of the Historic Native American farmland, to meet the needs of the proposed developer's plans.....
WHY DID THEY DO THAT????
WHY DIDN'T OUR MAYOR ACCEPT THE OFFER FROM MONMOUTH CONSERVATION FOUNDATION?
In the 1930’s, Matilda Woolley, then in her seventies, provided information as to the connection between the Woolley's and the original Native American inhabitants. Mrs. Woolley was the daughter-in-law of Edwin Woolley. In the late 1840’s, it was Edwin Woolley who discovered the Indian cave dwelling which had been used by a pioneer property owner. Matilda Woolley reported that the 1847 home(the current museum) was built on original 1667 foundation stones. Those field foundation stones remain to this day and is made of potential Native American filler materials. That entire house foundational area and its three wells should be examined and protected. Mrs. Woolley also refers to a large, but lost, collection of Indian relics accumulated during Woolley use of the property. She indicated that the Woolley's owned the property during the time of the Indian occupation. She indicates that the Indians were friendly and may have eaten with her ancestors. Obviously this represents the earliest of European CONTACT experiences and vice versa. Trading of materials was common. Besides an uncommon amount of bog iron on the property, Matilda Woolley revealed that the tract contains marl deposits. When those clay deposits were agitated for fertilizer, numerous native American relics were recovered. The marl also contained an abundance of Bone artifacts. She did not know what kind of bones these were but they were likely dinosaur fossils(since marl is a natural preservative), or of Native American origin. Matilda was convinced that the small pioneer cave dwelling discovered by Edwin Woolley was a common Native American sweat lodge. Very limited archaeological study has been given to the large Woolley Tract. A large L-shaped border of the property is under State review. Artifacts recovered in the late 20th century are consistent with Matilda Woolley’s assertions. The remaining undeveloped portion of the Woolley tract should be thoroughly examined for information important to the history of the Historic/Contact period, its relevance to the OT 170th anniversary observance, and the property’s potential to yield information important to paleontology. It’s pretty clear that the site has importance on a local, state, and national level.
SPOT ZONING In general, spot zoning is recognized as a legitimate exception to zoning. The business owner either seeks a permit to use his land differently than presently permitted under the local zoning law, or he requests that this zoning ordinance be changed for his intended activity. Therefore, he must get the approval of his local governmental agency before being granted the spot zoning exception. However, in some areas of the country, the courts have found spot zoning illegal on the ground that it is incompatible with existing land use zoning or with the overall community zoning plan. Whether the exception carved out is reasonable and supported by the particular facts often turns on public interest, the effect spot zoning has on the current uses of neighboring properties, and any ramifications created by the zoning.
THE DEVELOPER IS PARAMOUNT REALITY SERVICES, INC. THE DEP CAN ISSUE THE PERMIT, NOT LATER THAN 90 DAYS FROM APPLICATION. IT IS NOW IMPERATIVE THAT THE RESIDENTS OF OCEAN TOWNSHIP & OTHERS CONCERNED ABOUT THIS DEVELOPMENT, LET THEIR CONCERNS BE KNOWN.
YOU CAN DO THIS BY SENDING LETTERS TO THE THREE PEOPLE MENTIONED HERE, 1. DIANNE DOW, DIRECTOR OF DEP, 2. VINCE MAZZEI, MANAGER OF FLOOD & WATER CONCERNS, 3. CHING WAH LIANG, "THE PERSON WHO RECEIVED THE APPLICATION" MR. WAH LIANG SAID, THOSE WITHIN A CERTAIN PROXIMITY OF THE PROPERTY SHOULD HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THIS ALREADY.
MR. WAH LIANG WAS ALSO HELPFUL IN EXPLAINING WHAT AREAS THE DEP COVERS & HOW THOSE WHO OBJECT CAN PROCEED. WRITE TO ALL THREE DEP EMPLOYEES NOTED HERE BY POSTING YOUR LETTERS TO:
THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, 501 EAST STATE STREEET, 2ND FLOOR, TRENTON, NJ 08625
FOLLOW UP WITH LETTERS TO ALL THREE NOTED HERE
SEND THE SAME LETTER TO ALL 3, KEEPING YOUR CONCERNS FOCUSED SPECIFICALLY ON FLOODING & STORM WATER MANAGEMENT.
THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, 501 EAST STATE STREEET, 2ND FLOOR, TRENTON, NJ 08625
Voice your concerns about the flooding risks of clear cutting 32 acres of wetland forest, and replacing that soil with impervious ground cover.
Question the councils approval of ordinance #2303, which allows a toxic gas station to be developed in wetland territory, resulting in chemical runoff seeping into the wetlands , which drain into the Atlantic Ocean via Poplar Brook
MOST IMPORTANT, OCEAN TOWNSHIPS MASTER PLAN HAS NOT BEEN OFFICIALLY UPDATED SINCE 1990. GO TO BREAKING NEWS TO VIEW OCEAN TOWNSHIPS OFFICIAL MASTER PLAN, ALTHOUGH IT HAS HAD SEVERAL ZONING CHANGES, THE OFFICIAL MASTER PLAN IS AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENT AND SHOULD BE RESPECTED.
THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY REQUIRES A COMPLETE REVIEW AND NEW DRAFT OF THE OFFICIAL MASTER PLAN EVERY TEN YEARS.
THE PLANNING BOARD AND COUNCIL ARE MAKING SERIOUS REZONING DECISIONS, BASED ON A MASTER PLAN THAT IS 28 YEARS OLD.
WE THE PEOPLE MUST STAND UNITED, to push back against the townships decision to slaughter what is left of our historic woodland, open space, habitat for wildlife, and wetlands.
SAVE 32 ACRES aims to raise awareness, within Monmouth County, and Nationally that recent zoning changes in Ocean Township NJ, including ordinance #2303, are not consistent with the Townships 1990 Master Plan. The latest zone change, in ordinance #2303 was specific, and necessary FOR THE DEVELOPERS in order to accommodate a super size WaWa gas station with convenience Store, to be constructed in Wetlands Territory. The Official Master Plan has no commercial property on Deal Road & 13 Acres only on Rt. 35N, more in scale with a professional building/ Doctor's office.
NOTE IMPORTANT PIE CHART FROM RUTGERS UNIVERSITY'S ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY, ON OCEAN TOWNSHIP, FROM OCTOBER 2017
This study was done before the clear cutting on West Park and Hope Road
In November 2017, Ocean Township residents agreed and voted two to one to an additional tax to protect open space.
The wetlands & mature tree canopy, protect our neighborhoods from flooding.
The WETLANDS, are an intricate part of Ocean Township's natural watershed system. Rainstorms WILL spill TOXIC CHEMICAL WASTE, from the proposed GAS STATION'S impervious ground cover, aka blacktop parking lot, into the surrounding soil, in this case surrounding wetlands, which drain into Poplar Brook, which runs through our recreational parks and neighborhood yards, into the Atlantic Ocean, 2 miles from the toxic source.
RESIDENTS MUST COME TOGETHER TO RAISE AWARENESS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT,
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT ALL WHO OPPOSE THE SLAUGHTER OF WHAT LIMITED OPEN SPACE IS LEFT IN OCEAN TOWNSHIP, SHOW A UNITED FRONT AT THE UPCOMING PLANNING BOARD MEETING.
We need clean Oceans where our children swim, and non toxic water streams running through the parks, where our children play.
A PIECE OF OUR TOWNSHIPS "QUESTIONABLE" HISTORY HAS ALLOWED FOR THIS VALUABLE , YET FRAGILE, HISTORIC WETLAND FOREST, TO RECEIVE A COMMERCIAL OVERLAY ZONE, WHICH IS DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT FROM OCEAN TOWNSHIPS OFFICIAL MASTER PLAN,
AFTER THIS ZONING CHANGE AND OTHERS, THE TOWNSHIP'S MAYOR, WAS FOUND GUILTY AND INCARCERATED FOR REZONING TOWNSHIP PROPERTIES, SPECIFIC TO MEET DEVELOPERS NEEDS.
THIS PARTICULAR COMMERCIAL OVERLAY ZONE, THAT THE MAYOR APPROVED, PERMITS THIS LAND TO BE DEVELOPED WAY BEYOND WHAT IS RECOMMENDED IN THE TOWNSHIPS MASTER PLAN.
TODAY, WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO RAISE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY, TO HIRE A LAND USE ATTORNEY OF OUR OWN, WHO WILL REPRESENT OCEAN TOWNSHIPS TAX PAYING RESIDENTS, WHO VALUE OPEN SPACE & WOULD LIKE TO STOP THIS HIGHLY COMMERCIAL PROJECT, WITH EXTENSIVE IMPERVIOUS GROUND COVER, FROM MOVING FORWARD.
JOIN US 9/23 @7:00PM, OCEAN TOWNSHIP MUNICIPLE BUILDING
This is the time for public comment, so I am sharing mine. CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL! LETS DO OUR PART TO RELIEVE GLOBAL WARMING. LET'S OFFER SOME INCENTIVE TO REDEVELOP GRUMBLING STRIP MALLS UP & DOWN RT. 35., WITH WEEDS GROWING THROUGH THE BLACK TOP PARKING LOTS, BEFORE WE CUT DOWN ANOTHER TREE...PLEASE, WE ASK THIS FOR OUR CHILDREN WHO WILL INHERT THIS LAND.
This drone video was not permitted to be shown during the public comment portion of the planning board meetings in OT. We the people remain steadfast in our determination to protect this historic 32 acre Native American Woodland, The applicant's tree expert stated, under oath, that approximately 30 or so trees are worth saving, which suggested 3,000 are dead, dying or diseased. Perhaps this is why applicant's attorney objected to WE THE PEOPLE sharing this video with the planning board.