CREST Monthly Updates

Planning

Millstone Township, February 27, 2019, Variance Approval
Project: Variance approved related to a proposed single family house in an area of steep slopes.

Franklin Township, March 7, 2019, Site Plan Approval
Project: Site Plan Approval of a 4,999 sf cultural and spiritual center for the Adichunchanagiri Cultural and Spiritual Foundation of USA

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NJ’s Coastal Permitting Program – Buy, Build or Add On?

Are you considering buying property near tidal water? Building a waterfront home, a retail center, or marina? Do you want to put in a bulkhead or a dock? Or maybe an addition to an existing house in a coastal town? In each of these cases, New Jersey’s coastal permitting program may affect where and whether you buy, build, or add on.

New Jersey protect coastal water and the land adjacent to them under a variety of laws including the Waterfront Development Law (N.J.S.A. 12:5-3), the Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA N.J.S.A. 13:19), and the Wetlands Act of 1970 (N.J. S.A. 13:9A)

Crest Engineering can help navigate New Jersey’s extensive Coastal regulations to obtain the proper permits for your proposed projects

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Planning/Zoning

Pine Beach Affordable Housing 6-unit affordable residential project, Pine Beach, NJ  – Approval

Lakewood Affordable Housing, 8-unit affordable residential project, Lakewood, NJ – Approval

Crystal Point Marina, Pool and building addition, Minor Site Plan, Brick, NJ – Approval

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Plan for your Pool in the Winter – yes Winter.

Did you know that during the freezing cold of winter is the time to start the process of installing a pool?

In the past, one could take a copy of an old survey, draw a pool on it and get a building permit…not anymore.

Now, a plot plan for a pool is like a mini-site plan.

  • The plot plan needs to show:
    • that the rainwater drains away from the pool and the house
    • that the imperviousness of added sidewalk or concrete pool patio is not too great
    • that the pool is not too close to the house, property line or other easements
    • that a fence of the correct height encloses the pool.

So, hire CREST to prepare a pool plan now so that it can be constructed in the spring before the summer.

A good referral for me would be the owner of your pool company or your neighbor who mentioned wanting a pool.

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Planning/Zoning

Riverside Section – January 24, 2019 – Final Approval

Millstone Planning Board, Millstone, NJ – January 9, 2019 – Approval
Project: Commercial Warehouse

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Location, Location, Location…remember to check the zoning first.

If you are looking for a home for your business and you find the perfect location, you need to check the zoning to see if your business is permitted.

Many towns require a cert of occupancy for a tenant or a new owner.

Is the new Use for the location permitted in your town? if not you may need a use variance. Is there adequate parking? If not, you may need a minor site plan.

Before you lease, buy, hire CREST to conduct a regulatory investigation.

A good referral is Realtor or Land Use Attorney.

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Planning/Zoning

Millstone Zoning Board, Millstone Twp, NJ November 28, 2018 – Approved
Project: Use Variance for a Commercial Lot & Bus Park Zone with 2 front yards. Bulk Variance approved for a Generator and Use Variance Approved for a Shed in one of the front yards.

Monroe Zoning Board, Monroe Twp, NJ, November 27, 2018 – Approved
Project: Multi-use Development. Sub-divisions for financial reasons. Bulk Variance & Set Backs.

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Good Investments Take Investigation

That real estate is a good investment, good investments take investigation.

  • What is the zoning, what uses are permitted?
  • Are there wetlands, flood plains, pine lands, highlands (near Atlantic Highlands) Coastal Area Review Facility ACT (CAFRA), Riparian Buffers, Coastal Wetlands, Historic Pesticide Application, Underground Storage Tanks or other Constrain affecting the property and its usability.
  • Hire CREST to conduct that feasibility study and/or an Environmental Phase 1 Audit

A good referral would be a land use attorney or a commercial real estate broker.

CREST Monthly Updates

Planning/Zoning
Monroe Township, NJ October 25, 2018 – Amended Preliminary Approval
Project: Riverside Section Rt. 33 & Perrineville Road Warehouse 301,310 sf building with associated parking.  

Millstone Township, NJ October 10, 2018 – Residential Approval
Project: Residential home with three front yards.  Approved for Pool, Shed & ½ Basketball Court

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Buyer Beware

New Jersey has a buyer beware policy – it is up to the buyer to determine if there are issues, i.e. due diligence, home inspections, etc.

    • When purchasing a piece of property you also buy the liability of any contamination
    • Phase one environmental audit
    • Non invasive audit of published data and a site visit to determine if there is a possibility of contamination from: 
        • Asbestos
        • Lead paint
        • Historic pesticides
      • Fuel tanks
  • Banks usually require same for purchase of commercial property

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Planning

Somerville, NJ September 26, 2018 – Preliminary & Final Site Plan Approval
Project: Redevelopment of an 11.3 acre site with 159 sf building and associated parking.
Site Plan One and Two Bedroom Apartments in Townhouse Style Buildings with Amenities.

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Site Redevelopment in Somerville, NJ

On Wednesday night, September 26, 2018, Kirby Village in Somerville, NJ received preliminary and final site plan approval. The project consists the redevelopment of the 11.3 acre Baker and Taylor site with a 159,000 sf building and associated parking constructed in the 60’s and occupied until around 2002, The preliminary and final site plan approval consists of 174 one and two bedroom apartments in 15 townhouse style buildings. Amenities include a community center, a pool, a tot lot and a dog walking area. See complete site plan here.

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Planning

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When do you need CREST?

  • Purchase a home, we can determine the boundaries of the property and make sure what physical features are on or near the land such as streams, etc.
  • Lender requires a property to have flood insurance. We can determine the elevation of the nearest flood plain in relation to the property to see if the property is in the flood plain ( FEMA Elevation Certificate)
  • When you install landscaping, a fence, an addition, a pool or other improvements to make sure the improvements are on your land, not to mention the municipality’s requirements for a permit.
  • When you wish to develop the property for residential commercial or industrial use.

CREST Clients:

Private Clients

Garden Homes Princeton
George Harms Construction
Matrix Development Group
International Land Surveying
North Brunswick TOD
Regal Homes

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Planning

Monroe Township, May 24, 2018 – Approved
Site Plan Conversion from Single Home
in Neighborhood Commercial Zone
to Podiatrist’s Office

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House Rebuilds

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Are you paying TOO much?

Did you know that if you live near a flood prone area such as the shore or a river, you may be paying flood insurance and you may be paying too much? Hire CREST to conduct a flood certification to see if you home is actually in the flood plain or not.

CREST Project Profile Includes:

Churches / Temples / Mosques

St. Anthony of Padua, Hightstown
St. Joseph’s Church, Millstone
New Beginnings Christian Church, Brick
Simpson United Methodist Church, Old Bridge
Chinese American Bible Church, Freehold
Shalom Torah, Marlboro
Hindu American Temple, Marlboro
Chinmaya Mission, Cranbury
Om Sri Sai Balaji Temple, Monroe
Sarva Dharma Temple, Howell
Islamic Society of Central Jersey, So. Brunswick