The Brick Township planning board has approved the construction of three homes adjacent to an existing residential street off Herbertsville Road.
The original proposal from Pinnacle Commercial Development, Inc., of Point Pleasant, called for a single lot to be subdivided into three properties at 600 Herbertsville Road – the entrance to the Yellowbrick Road community, roughly across from the Herbertsville Fire Company headquarters.
The existing development, approved in 1988 and constructed in the 1990s, contains 31 residential lots. The property proposed for the latest development was an oversized parcel created at the time of construction from parent lots. There is one existing dwelling on the property which will be completely demolished, as well as any of its remaining accessory structures.
Residents of Yellowbrick Road, at an initial hearing on the matter, expressed concern over proposed lot sizes and driveways into the new homes. The proposed new lots mostly complied with the township’s zoning ordinance, but would have been undersized in terms of width. While 100-feet in width is required, the new lots were pitched to the board at 91-feet, 81-feet and 97-feet wide, respectively.
Ultimately, township officials favored a plan that would allow the three homes to be built with a shared driveway between two of them off Herbertsville Road, and a single driveway leading to Yellowbrick Road. The revised layout necessitated no variance relief, complies with all width and depth regulations, as well as setbacks are required in Brick Township’s zoning ordinance. An access easement provides both homeowners on the Herbertsville Road side with use of the shared driveway.
The property is located within the R20 zone, which calls for single-family homes built on lots with at least 20,000 square feet in area. According to property records, the plot was purchased in Dec. 2021 for $440,000.
The approval was adopted at the Aug. 24 meeting of the planning board.