BARNEGAT, NJ -A series of related changes to Barnegat’s local code updates the list of conditional use permits for properties located in commercial zones.

Barnegat Township Committee members voted to rename §55-19 of the Barnegat ordinances to “C-N Neighborhood East of Parkway.” Section 55-57 will now be known as “C-N Neighborhood West of Parkway”.

Conditional use permits for the east side of the GSP already included motels/hotels and assisted living facilities prior to the changes. The amended ordinance now requires that hotels and motels be located on property directly accessed by a County Road and within 1,000 feet from the Garden State Parkway.

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Other changes related to these types of conditional use pertain to building height, front yard setbacks and allocation of space for assisted living facilities.

Reception and banquet halls are only permitted as an accessory use to a hotel.

Motels/hotels and assisted living facilities did not exist as a permitted conditional use on the west side of the GSP. The newly amended ordinance mirrors the language found for the east side of the parkway. It adds additional details, including some related to Pineland Development credits.

The Pinelands Commission plans to conduct a public hearing on the ordinance changes on Wednesday. The new conditional uses cannot go into effect until the Pinelands Commission approves them.

“Neither type of use becomes a permitted use under the changes,” explained Township Attorney Christopher Dasti. “Both would be conditional uses requiring applicants to meet certain criteria.”

The first reading of the proposed ordinance changes first came in August 2020. Barnegat resident Charles Cunliffe asked if the modifications related to a proposed or existing project or development requiring the amendments.

Dasti said that he was unaware of any proposed development at that time.

Mayor Al Bille, who also sits on the Planning Board, confirmed today that no applicant has come before the board or the township committee with a proposal for a hotel or assisted living facility.

Although no application has been submitted for approval, Cardinale Enterprises owns the property located to the rear of Wawa on Lighthouse Drive. A website maintained by Cardinale Enterprises contains three 2016 conceptual plans for a project entitled Barnegat Crossing III

Drawings map out the proposal for a hotel, banquet hall, restaurants, and retail space. Residential buildings are on two of the plans. The third references construction of an assisted living, nursing, and independent living facility. Four three-story buildings would accommodate 392 beds.

A notation on the Concept Plan points out that ordinance amendments will be required as far as residential units with no first-floor use and allowances for a five-story hotel.

According to public records, Cardinale & Barnegat Crossing Association paid $2,500,000 for the 1.56 acre of land that includes the 775 Lighthouse Drive address. The purchase was made on December 14, 2016.

Cardinale also owned the property where Barnegat 67 now stands, as well as the future home of Coastal Woods, a condominium project due to start soon. He sold both to other developers.

Contacted earlier this week, Vito Cardinale of Cardinale Enterprises, said he was unavailable for comment. No news if his company plans to hold on to this project and submit it for approval to the planning board.

A sign on the Lighthouse property announces the availability of retail, office, and medical space. Interested parties are directed to contact Cardinale Enterprises.

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