A local real estate developer has proposed subdividing a parcel of land owned by one of Brick Township’s fire companies into 15 lots and building homes there.
Arya Properties, based in Island Heights, has applied to the township’s planning board for permission to subdivide a 6.253 acre plot owned by Pioneer Hose Fire Company into 15 individual lots. The developer would also build out utilities and construct streets. The proposal would also include two stormwater basins.
According to planning board documentation filed by John Paul Doyle, Arya’s attorney, all of the proposed lots would comply with Brick’s zoning ordinance. The ordinance requires residential lots be sized 7,500 square feet in the area as part of the R7.5 zone. Two of the residential lots will be 7,588 square feet and 8,183 square feet. The remaining 13 proposed residential lots will range in size from 9,494 square feet to 16,609 square feet.
Arya will install public subdivision improvements such as roadways, curbs, sidewalks, landscaping and drainage, the filing stated. All lots are planned to front on a proposed extension of Law-Win Court, which will be located in what is now a wooded area off Drum Point Road.
The proposed subdivision would retain, on its southerly side, a 50-foot-wide buffer from separate lots fronting on Church Road. The property includes an existing 12-foot right-of-way known as Firehouse Road, which is on the northernmost edge of the property. It is presently undeveloped, but will be retained by Arya to provide an emergency access. As a result, the developer must also seek variances from the requirements of the zoning ordinance prohibiting frontage “on more than one public or private right-of-way, requiring minimum right-of-way of 50 feet; and installing curbs, gutters and sidewalks,” the filing said.
The lots having rear frontage on Firehouse Road are proposed to have fences in the front yard setback along Firehouse Road, which also requires a variance. Fences are proposed to be erected 8.5 feet from Firehouse Road where 10 feet is required.
Tax records indicate the land is still owned by the fire company. A notice of settlement was filed with the Ocean County Clerk’s office in 2015 but no sale was formally completed.
A hearing on the application will be held July 25 at 7 p.m. at the municipal complex on Chambers Bridge Road.