CONDO PLAN CHANGE APPEARS ON FAST TRACK

carriage-park-hearingRosemary Brewer, above, voiced frustration at Tuesday night’s planning board hearing over a townhouse development proposed in Little Silver. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A previously approved but unbuilt townhouse development near the railroad tracks in Little Silver that local opponents had hoped to get a second shot at derailing is all but a done deal thanks to two-year-old state legislation, town officials say.

At Tuesday night’s planning board hearing, borough planner Richard Coppola said the 39-unit Carriage Park project on Eastview Avenue does not fall under the municipal land use law — the state’s usual planning guide — but rather, a newer one commonly referred to as the conversion law, which board Attorney Michael Leckstein said handcuffs the board and reduces its power.

“What this statute has done,” Coppola said, “is taken the rug from under the planning boards, or under the towns, and just pulled it.”

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