Streetscape Ordinance Adopted in Beach Haven

By Eric Englund | Dec 11, 2019
File 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 adopted Monday 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, which she said “look very attractive.”

The district runs from the 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.

Another ordinance adopted by the council prohibits dewatering for pool installation between June 15 and Labor Day. The former ordinance’s prohibition ran until Sept. 15.

According to the ordinance, a minimum of 48 hours’ notice to the construction department prior to the start of pumping for dewatering is required. All dewater pumping for swimming pools, including excavation and seasonal draining, shall be completed 15 days from the start of pumping.  —E.E.

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