Streetscape Measures Required in New Beach Haven Ordinance

Also, Later Construction Work Start Times Implemented
By Eric Englund | Nov 20, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Beach Haven — New construction or substantial renovation projects within the Beach Haven business district will be subject to streetscape improvements, according to an ordinance introduced last week by the Beach Haven Borough Council.

Borough manager/clerk Sherry Mason said the catalyst for the measure was the recent pavers and plantings installed at the Bay Avenue side of the Beach Haven Elementary School.

“That looks very attractive and we’d like to use that as a model for the rest of the downtown area,” she said.

The business district runs from north side of Pearl Street to the municipal boundary at 12th Street.  Substantial improvements are defined as 50 percent of the value of the structure as determined by the borough assessor.

“The property owner or owners shall install streetscape improvements in accordance with the specifications set forth in this chapter being consistent with the borough master plan adopted in April 2018 and in coordination with and at the direction of borough engineer,” the ordinance says.”

Requirements include brick paver material installed along the frontage area, at least one recycled plastic lumber bench seat, at least one commercial self-watering garden planter planted seasonally and improved street lighting.

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the next meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.

The council also adopted an ordinance setting forth later morning start times for construction and landscaping work.

The new measure said that on weekdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, construction (including excavating, demolition, alteration or repair of any building, and landscaping including installation of pavers and masonry work) can begin at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. start on Saturdays.

In the off-season, permitted starting times for construction and landscaping work is 7 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays. In both cases, work must end at 6 p.m.

No work is permitted on Sundays.  —E.E.

 

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