I know people that live in Ocean City… love Ocean City. But, I personally don’t want to see Ventnor (where I live) or Margate, turned onto another Ocean City.
DownbeachBUZZ loves when Ventnor’s Rich Gober shares thoughtful commentary and recommendation in reference to rampant homebuilding in Ventnor and Margate.
Read excerpts from Mr. Gober:
We have master plans in our communities. Let’s stop giving variances to developers who want to build duplexes or triplexes where they’re zoned for single-family-homes only.
North Beach in Ventnor is a perfect example.
Some 20+ years ago, Ventnor had a master plan that called for single family residences only. Yet, one (particular) developer knocked down a single family home, and got approved to build a duplex.
Sure, I hear people say “there are already a ton of duplexes in NORTH BEACH now!”
Yes. That’s true. They were grandfathered in. The master plan even revisited this in the last few years. It says ‘SINGLE FAMILY’ dwellings only.
Let’s stop Ventnor and Margate Planning Boards from pandering to the “good old boys” club.
There are those who, in the name of profit, are changing the charm and appearance of housing within the Downbeach communities of Ventnor and Margate.
North Beach Ventnor
North Beach is a section of Ventnor that runs from Jackson Ave (Atlantic City border) to the North side of Surrey Ave, from the beach to the bay.
Why does this part of town need a different name? Ventnor has different names for different sections of the city. There’s Ventnor Heights, Ventnor West, Ventnor Gardens and St. Leonard’s Tract. North Beach is just one of the sections of Ventnor.
NOT Separating North Beach from Ventnor
In 2001, the Ventnor City Commission approved a plan which designated this part of Ventnor as a ‘Redevelopment Zone.’ City wanted to use eminent domain laws to acquire houses and other buildings to be knocked down and replaced with new buildings. During that time, very little was put into maintaining this section of Ventnor, either by the City or some residents. Ultimately, the plan went nowhere. In 2008, Ventnor City Commissioners ruled to prohibit the use of eminent domain for private gain.
Contact the North Beach Committee.
1. By email: NorthBeachVentnor@gmail.com
2. Website: www.NorthBeachVentnor.com
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