ATLANTIC CITY — In an effort to streamline the development process, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved Tourism District master plan amendments they hope will attract new businesses.
The board approved the amendments during its hearing Tuesday afternoon. They will be used to develop land-use ordinances over the next year.
“We want to make it easier,” said Chairman Robert Mulcahy. “Developing the ordinances will take some time, but we will hope to do it this year.”
The city and authority have been criticized for bureaucratic red tape. The plan proposes more permitted uses in zoning areas around the city, a move officials said they hope will eliminate the need for hearings and will reduce bureaucracy.
Under the amendment, new zones would allow mixed uses in the Southeast Inlet, entertainment along Kentucky Avenue, art studios in the Ducktown section and retail development around the Atlantic City Expressway and its waterfront.
“The key is getting people back into the city,” said Lance Landgraf, director of planning for the authority.
The land-use regulations’ 25 objectives include providing a zoning scheme to catalyze development and maintain public confidence in the casino gaming industry as a unique tool of the city’s urban redevelopment.
The authority was given control of the Tourism District in 2011, when the state increased the authority’s power. The district includes the entire Boardwalk, the Marina District, Gardner’s Basin and 10 roads that lead into the district, including several on the city’s northern end. The rest of the city is under city zoning jurisdiction.