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Brick Tweaks Ordinance to Allow Easier Access to Raised Homes

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A house being raised following Superstorm Sandy damage. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A house being raised following Superstorm Sandy damage. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

An ordinance that could have landed many residents in front of the township’s zoning board to ask for a variance has been tweaked by the township council to ease restrictions on access points to homes.

The amendment allows for access to staircases with an entry stoop or platform up to 100 square feet in area and up to 5 feet into a required rear yard setback area. Previously, only 50 feet was allowed, Mayor John Ducey said.

“The ordinance eases restrictions so that those raising their homes do not need to go for variances before the Board of Adjustment,” said Ducey, in a statement. “This saves homeowners money on fees and experts, and also lightens the Board of Adjustment’s caseload.”

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In recent months, the Board of Adjustment has had marathon sessions as numerous homeowners have to appear at each meeting.

“Brick has faced enough aggravation and inconvenience as a result of Superstorm Sandy,” said Councilman Art Halloran, a resident of Brick’s barrier island portion, where many of the homes need to be lifted. “Hopefully this amendment will make it easier and less expensive for our neighbors who are raising their homes.”


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  • Surfrider

    Another example of gross government overreach to extort money. Never should have been to begin with. Good call Ducey. A step in the right direction.

    • llewellynh

      Some of this stuff just comes from FEMA and not many towns have the expertise or time to go through every single item of the oh-so-many. I live in Bayville and just read this and am asking our town to consider this because so many have come back and the “text book” stair cases are often frightening to look at. There are ways to do things differently and we all have to work with our towns to customize as much as possible the tons of new requirements.

  • Surfrider

    I agree. Unfortunately some of the lots are so small, then raising the home 8′ like many do so they can take advantage of space underneath, does not leave much to work with. Another tough one is the electric meter, now stairs need to be added for the readers to be able to safely get to. Not too many things look worse than that.