Officials move to check newly built decks and fences

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Entering the Borough of Mantoloking. FILE PHOTO

MANTOLOKING — An ordinance amending the borough’s land-use regulations to address accessory structures, fencing and more was introduced by the council during its meeting on March 16.

The amendments change parts of chapter 30 to address issues the borough has found when landowners build new homes, additions or changes to current property plans. 

The ordinance first addresses accessory structures, specifically decks constructed attached or separate from the principal building. 

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The change gives the borough a way to follow up and ensure those building a deck follow the submitted plan. The borough’s land use officer would verify the constructed deck, making sure it adheres to the submitted plan. 

According to Councilman Doug Nelson, the borough’s planning board would find cases where applicants would not follow submitted plans. The borough had no way to follow up on the work to make sure applicants were compliant. 

“So what they did is incorporate an as-built plan, by a licensed surveyor to say what you got the permit for is what you actually built,” said Mr. Nelson.

“So don’t ask for forgiveness, because this is what you said you were going to do and you either did or you didn’t,” said Mr. Nelson.

According to the councilman, the change will help keep applicants in compliance.

The ordinance also addresses fencing in the borough, setting a similar standard for those replacing fencing.

Owners must obtain a fence permit when putting up a new fence of over 16 linear feet. 

Before completion, a final field inspection will be performed by the land use officer to verify that the new fencing was constructed following the approved fence permit. 

“If you’re going to go for a wholesale replacement of your fence, you have to comply with the current laws,” said Mr. Nelson.

The ordinance also addresses uses of accessory structures, limiting structures to two on any given lot and prohibits habitation within a structure or boat.

According to the ordinance, an attached garage may contain sanitary plumbing while a detached accessory structure may not.

Both may have sinks and/or showers that conform to the Flood Damage Prevention Code, the code states.

A public hearing on the ordinance will be held during the next council meeting on April 20.

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