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Mixed Used Development Ordinance For Route 34 and Broad Street Approved by Council

The borough council voted to approve the ordinance at their Oct. 2 meeting.

Two pieces of property at the intersection of Route 34 and Broad Street were rezoned for mixed use development at the Matawan Borough Council meeting Tuesday night.

The council voted to approve the mixed use development ordinance, which amended the zoning of Lots 6 and 7 on Block 40 from highway improvement (HI) and industrial (IND) to mixed use development (MUD).

Lots 6 and 7 include the field behind the Walgreens on Route 34 and Broad Street and stretches to the Matawan Municipal Community Center.

The ordinance was reviewed and prepared over several months by the Unified Planning/Zoning Board before being passed to the council. The council held two public hearings on the ordinance during their meetings on Sept. 24 and on Oct. 2.

No one addressed the council during either public hearing.

The four page document is specific, governing every detail of a potential mixed use development, from permitted commercial uses to how a building constructed on the site should look.

To read more about the ordinance, click here.

Burt Macklin October 04, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Im glad they were able to rezone that area. Eventually it will need to be developed but at the moment, i believe the town should be more concerned with improving our exisiting commercial areas and properties to attract businesses because there are too many vacant shops and old outdated buildings. With property taxes as high as they are, the town should be doing more to protect the values of our homes and improving the quality of life.
JosephGhabourLaw October 04, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Burt: In short, those with deep pockets need to come in first - such as in Red Bank, Asbury park, etc. - before the cost and regulatory hassle of rehabing individual buildings is acceptable to smaller investors. While NJ was a pioneer in rehab codes for older buildings, doing such work still is not easy. Therefore, individual buildings in downtown Matawan won't attract investment until either: the economy rebounds (or) a large mixed-use project arrives on these Route 34 lots and/or adjacent to the train station.

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