15 Apr 2020

Zoning Board of Adjustment to hold Zoom meeting


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            PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment will convene a remote meeting on April 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (The Board had previously advertised the said meeting, but the within notice is being re-advertised so as to publicize the remote nature of the same.)   Due to Coronavirus / COVID-19 Borough and State Directives, the said meeting is being held remotely, through a web-meeting conference communication system.  The remote meeting format will allow Board Members and the Public to simultaneously hear, listen to, participate in, digest, observe, comment on, and / or otherwise object to any and all Board decisions / actions.  The remote meeting format, as aforesaid, will allow the Borough’s Zoning Board to conduct business, without violating any Executive Orders, without violating any COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol, and while still complying with Prevailing Provisions of New Jersey Law.  (Please note that the Board Secretary, or an Agent thereof, will be physically managing / operating / organizing the remote meeting, from the Borough Council Chambers / Municipal Court, located at 601 Main Street, Belmar, NJ, but, per Prevailing Coronavirus Regulations, Public access to the Municipal Building is not currently permitted.)

            Members of the Public are welcome to, and encouraged to, participate by observing / participating in the remote meeting. The meeting will be held via Zoom. You can access the meeting through the Zoom App via a smartphone or tablet, via a special link on your computer, or by telephone. For anyone interested in observing and/or otherwise participating in the remote web-meeting, the instructions / directions can be obtained by contacting the Board Secretary at aclaudio@belmar.com, 732-681-3700 ext. 225 or by visiting www.belmar.com or the Borough’s Facebook the day of the meeting.

            Members of the Public who have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the web-meeting process, or the remote meeting format, should contact the Board Secretary at (732) 681-3700, Ext. 225 (during regular Borough hours) or aclaudio@belmar.com.  In the event no one is present to immediately answer the phone (because of Coronavirus scheduling issues), Members of the Public are encouraged to leave a message and call back. 

            Likewise, Members of the Public should also feel free to contact the Board Secretary, at the above-referenced number, if they have any other questions, issues, concerns, or barriers to participation / observation. 

The Agenda for the April 23, 2020 meeting, to the extent known, includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Potential adoption of Minutes;

Adoption of Resolution Conditionally Approving the Andrew and Andrea Bast Application (113 6th Avenue, Belmar, NJ) (Block 60, Lot 9);

Adoption of Resolution of Conditional Approval for the SAJ, LLC (219 Fourteenth Avenue, Belmar, New Jersey) (Block 141, Lot 6);

Adjudication of the Len and Kristen Forsyth Application, 1599 Maplewood Road, Belmar, NJ, Block 229, Lot 1, Bulk Variance relief associated with proposed improvements (including a porch) to an existing single-family dwelling;

Adjudication of the Michelle Fontanez Application, 214 13th Avenue, Belmar, NJ, Block 121, Lot 16.01, Variance relief associated with a request to install a number of improvements to an existing single-family dwelling, including an addition, garage, and pool;

Adjudication of the Daniel DeFranco Application, 1905 Surf Avenue, Belmar, NJ, Block 191, Lot 14, Appeal of the zoning officer decision relative to a second driveway / curb-cut at the site;

Potential discussion on the format for future Board Meetings in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic, and Governmental Orders / Restrictions associated therewith;

Potential Executive Session, if necessary;

Public participation; and

Discussion and / or potential action on such other matters as may be presented to the Board.

            Members of the Public can access certain non-privileged and otherwise available information, by visiting the Borough Website at www.belmar.com under “Meetings Agenda’s & Minutes”. (The application information/plans are or will be available for public inspection, on the Borough Web-site, at least 10 days in advance of the remote Hearing.) (In special circumstances, Members of the public are also free to contact the Board Secretary to discuss if any other special/ reasonable accommodations can be effectuated to facilitate public review of pertinent documents.)

            Members of the Public should notify the Board Secretary, in advance, if possible, via e-mail or phone call, of any anticipated intention to undertake cross-examination, introduce evidence, and / or otherwise make public comments / statements in connection with a particular Application.  The purpose of such notification is  to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that the technological needs of all are accommodated, and so as to furthermore ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that any additional  documents to be identified/ referenced at the remote meeting can hopefully be available for review by all participants and other members of the public.

            Formal action will be taken at the meeting, and, as indicated, the Public is encouraged to listen, observe, and participate.

             Minutes of the meeting will be kept and ultimately made available to the public. If the technology so allows, recordings or reproductions of the meeting can likely be viewed at future dates as well.

            Members of the Public are also encouraged to visit the Municipal Website www.belmar.com or the Borough’s Facebook page for any additional information, changes, and / or updates.