BRICK, NJ – A claim circulating on social media that a boys’ high school should be discussed at an August meeting of the Brick Township Planning Board is not true, township officials said Thursday.
The leaflet, which was posted to several Facebook groups and shared on Patch, claims the planning council is set to hear a proposal to turn the Temple Beth Gold property on Van Zile Road into “an illegal boys’ school. “.
The flyer says the proposal is to be discussed at the August 11 planning council meeting and urges people to come to the municipal building.
Brick Township Planning Council Secretary Pamela O’Neill, who manages the Planning and Zoning Council’s calendar, said there was not even an application filed for the site at 200, Van Zile road.
“We have no requests for the property and it is not scheduled for the Aug. 11 Planning Council or the Adjustment Council,” O’Neill said in an email to Patch Thursday afternoon.
Temple Beth Gold sold the property earlier this year because its congregation is shrinking.
The leaflet, which claimed the request had to be approved quickly due to the start of the school year in September, sparked a wave of phone calls and social media shares, with people complaining about the potential impacts on traffic and quality. of life.
Brick Township Business Administrator Joanne Bergin said the post “was inaccurate.”
“We have received phone calls regarding a post indicating that a planning board meeting was scheduled to hear a request for the Temple Beth Gold site. This post was inaccurate and created confusion,” she said. . “There is no application filed and there is no hearing date.”
The process of obtaining an application before the planning or zoning board is governed by state land use laws which include a number of requirements. The flyer claimed the owner was looking for a change in use.
This would require filing an application and, once the application is complete, a date set for the hearing.
Once the hearing date is set, the owner must notify all people whose properties are within 200 feet of the property and must provide proof that the letters were properly mailed. The hearing must also be the subject of legal announcements in at least one newspaper.
City planner Tara Paxton told Jersey Shore Online that it typically takes two to four months to complete the administrative process to the point where it gets on the agenda.
Failure to comply with any of these rules may result in automatic rejection by the planning board.
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