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Manalapan planning board will examine sites for possible redevelopment designation

MANALAPAN – Acting on the direction of the Township Committee, the Manalapan Planning Board will conduct a study of certain properties in the municipality to determine if those parcels qualify to be a redevelopment area as defined by the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.

State law permits a municipal governing body to authorize its planning board to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether any area of the municipality is an area in need of redevelopment, according to a resolution committee members passed during a recent meeting.

The Township Committee has authorized the Planning Board’s study to focus on 23 properties which are primarily on the Route 33 corridor.

According to the resolution, “the present buildings and improvements or lack thereof at the
aforementioned properties by reason of obsolescence; and/or general deterioration;
and/or conditions that impede the assemblage of land for development; and/or
conditions which discourage the undertaking of improvements; and/or obsolete layout
or non-existence thereof may be detrimental to the public health, safety and general
welfare of the community, thereby requiring redevelopment to better serve the township.”

Committee members authorized the Planning Board to conduct a preliminary investigation of 23 individual lots to determine whether all or some of those properties should be designated as an area in need of redevelopment.

The Planning Board will engage the services of professional planner Jennifer Beahm, and other professionals, to assist in the creation of a redevelopment study, according to the resolution.

The preliminary investigation will result in a public hearing being conducted by the Planning Board and notice being provided to all affected property owners as to whether any or all of the properties being examined should be designated as a “Non-Condemnation Redevelopment Area,” according to the resolution.

The board will report its findings and recommendations to the Township Committee for possible additional action.

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