CRDA Land Use

The Land Use Regulation and Enforcement Division of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority held its first public hearing at City Hall in Atlantic City on Thursday.

ATLANTIC CITY — The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority held its first public land-use hearing Thursday inside City Hall since relocating last month.

The CRDA zoning operations were moved in response to a recommendation made in the state’s transition report on returning Atlantic City government to local control.

The recommendation was intended to streamline land use and zoning services for residents, developers and other property owners in the Tourism District.

“This is a great step forward between the CRDA and the City of Atlantic City,” said Lance Landgraf, land-use hearing officer, at the start of the meeting.

Since 2011, CRDA has regulated zoning and land use in the Tourism District, which includes most of the city’s Boardwalk, marina and commercial areas. The transition report, co-authored by Special Counsel Jim Johnson, who was appointed by Gov. Phil Murphy to formulate a specific plan for Atlantic City, noted that the separation of planning and development processes between the city and CRDA was a major hurdle in the resort’s ability to effectively implement public policy.

Mayor Frank Gilliam, who publicly announced the move following a meeting with CRDA in late September, was briefly present at Thursday morning’s hearing.

Gilliam offered his administration’s support before departing.

The agenda for Thursday’s hearing included only two items for the CRDA Land Use Regulation and Enforcement Division to consider.

The first was an application for conditional use and site plan approval, as well as minor variances, for Mr. B’s Auto Service on Fairmount Avenue. The repair shop was seeking approval to modify its garage to allow for serviced vehicles to pull through the bay and directly out onto Georgia Avenue. Additionally, the applicant needed relief for minor variances, which were in question due to work done on the property in prior years without approval.

The second agenda item was an application from the owners of the soon-to-be-opened Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall. The applicant presented minor site plan changes to the board, including increasing the height of the Tennessee Avenue sidewalk-fronting fence and installing a roof over the outside bar.

Both items are likely to appear before the full CRDA Board of Directors for approval at the next public meeting Dec. 18. Board meetings are held at CRDA’s main offices on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Contact: 609-272-7222 ddanzis@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressDanzis

I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.

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