Measures proposed for affordable housing rezoning at three sites in Wall

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Three ordinances on rezoning will be up for second reading at the Wall Township Committee's Sept. 23 meeting.

WALL TOWNSHIP — Public hearings are set for the township committee’s Sept. 23 meeting on proposed ordinances to create three new site-specific affordable-housing zones in Wall Township.

The new zones would allow residential developments of townhouses and apartments in which at least 20 percent of the units are set aside for affordable housing, in accordance with the township’s Superior Court-approved settlement agreement with Fair Share Housing. 

The ordinances were introduced on first readings at the Wall Township Committee’s virtual meeting on Aug. 26 and second readings, public hearings and possible votes on the rezoning ordinances are set for Sept. 23. 

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The proposed ordinances are for sites on Atlantic Avenue, Asbury Road and Dunroamin Road. Any specific site plans that may be drawn up in the future for these properties still would have to go through the standard planning-board review process, with public hearings, before they could be approved for construction.

The ordinances state that Wall Township “recognizes its constitutional responsibility to provide for the development of affordable housing pursuant to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Mount Laurel decisions; … and it expects that in the next several months it will be ordered by the court to provide for a substantial number of affordable units to satisfy Wall Township’s third-round Mount Laurel obligation.”

The first ordinance is for property at 5201 and 5115 Asbury Road, west of the Collingwood traffic circle. The new zone would allow 360 family units, of which 60 would be designated as affordable housing and the rest as market rate. 

The second ordinances would create an age-restricted affordable-housing zone at 1809 Atlantic Ave. The new zone for the site known as Sea Glass would allow 50 total units with 10 set aside as affordable housing and the rest market rate.

The third ordinance would create an affordable housing zone on a site at 4151 Dunroamin Road, north of the Quail Ridge Golf Center. That K. Hovnanian proposal is for 105 townhouse units, with 20 set aside as affordable housing and the rest as market rate. 

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