This Redevelopment is for an area comprised of 155 parcels on portions of 31 tax blocks known as Blocks 40.01, 41, 42, 45, 46, 47, 52, 53, 54, 58,
59, 63, 64, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 80, 81, 82, 83, 88, 89, 94, 95, 96, 96.01, and 114 (heretofore referred to as the “Redevelopment Area”) in the Borough of Highlands. The Redevelopment Plan provides an overall vision for the Redevelopment Area, as well as general recommendations and specific development regulations. It supports and enhances the Borough’s ongoing efforts to improve the Bay Avenue corridor and adjoining areas and
to attract additional public and private investment.
The Redevelopment Plan provides development regulations for the Bay Avenue corridor between South Street and Gravelly Point Road and certain adjoining areas, including use and bulk standards for the area, as well as site, building design and other regulations typically found in a Redevelopment
Plan. But it also provides a vision, goals and general recommendations for the Redevelopment Area, all of which build upon prior efforts for the Central Business District and nearby areas.
The low-lying portions of Highlands Borough are continuing to deal with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy over five years after it made landfall. One Bayfront property impacted by Sandy is the “Captain’s Cove” Marina site. This long, narrow marina property saw significant damage and it has yet to be
restored to its pre-storm condition.
In order to address the condition of the Captain’s Cove site, the Highlands Borough Council adopted a resolution on December 7, 2016, which directed the Borough Land Use Board to conduct a preliminary investigation and hold a public hearing to determine if the property qualifies as an area in need of
redevelopment in accordance with the standards in the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law (“LRHL”).
In December of 2016, the Mayor and Council of the Borough directed the Land Use Board, in Resolution 16-228, to undertake an investigation of the area of Block 105.107, Lot 1.1, the Shadow Lawn Mobile Home Park on Ocean Boulevard, to determine if it met the statutory criteria as found in N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-5 to be designated as an Area in Need of Redevelopment. The Land Use Board after conducting the required investigation and holding a public hearing, recommended that the area met the statutory criteria. The Mayor and Council accepted this recommendation in Resolution 18-069, that the area was found to meet the necessary statutory criteria, and the site was designated as an Area in Need of Redevelopment in March of 2018.