Why Some Wildwood Projects Will Be Put On Hold
Right now there are tons of construction projects taking place all over the Wildwoods. Some would say that this year has seen more construction then the housing boom back in the mid 2000s.
It turns out that some of these projects might have a hard time trying to get their projects going due to a New Jersey regulation.
For those who tuned in for the Wildwood Zoning and Planning meeting on March 1st, might have heard a strange regulation called a CAFRA Report. CAFRA stands for Coastal Area Facility Review Act.
A CAFRA Report, according to DEP’s (Department of Environmental Protection) webhelps to regulate “any development on a beach or dune, within 0 to 150 feet of the mean on a beach or dune, within 0 to 150 feet of the mean high water line (3 or more residential dwellings or 25 parking spaces or a public or industrial development), 0 to 500 feet of the mean high water line (25 or more 0 to 500 feet of the mean high water line (25 or more residential dwellings or 50 parking spaces or a public or industrial development), and areas beyond 500 feet (75 or more residential dwellings or 150 parking feet (75 or more residential residential dwellings dwellings or 150 parking parking spaces or a public or industrial development), within the designated CAFRA Zone.”
Yes that’s a lot to understand but to put it simply, when you have a big project near a beach you need to have the blessing of DEP in-order to move forward.
On Monday’s meeting BG Capital, who is currently working on two projects, The Residences At Pacific (2nd Street Annies, M.T. Bottles and Fairview) and the $14 million-38 swellings (the old St. Ann’s School and rectory), were ordered to stop working because they need to obtain these CAFRA Reports.
According to the DEP website, The Residences At Pacific had put in an application, (0514-21-0001.1 – LUP – 210001) for this report but has history has shown, to obtain these reports it takes much time.
For those asking, why haven’t we seen CAFRA reports before in the Wildwoods. It’s nothing new. As far as we can see most projects such as the new pump house in Wildwood or the new bulk head in North Wildwood both received these reports.
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