Proposed Ordinance to Address Abandoned and Vacant Properties
In 2004 the New Jersey Legislature passed into law the Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act in order to provide a multitude of tools to help municipalities with the issue of abandoned and vacant properties. Since the increase in foreclosures and Superstorm Sandy, many municipalities throughout the State have begun to adopt portions of the Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act into their town codes in order to deal with this growing issue that threatens health, safety and welfare of its residents and overall blight in their towns.
Within the past two months, the Borough Council has begun looking into portions of the Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act in order to remedy the town’s current issues with abandoned and vacant properties. One of the Borough’s biggest concerns is the Commercial District and the number of abandoned/vacant storefronts that have been left in disrepair along Bay Avenue, even prior to Superstorm Sandy. The Council will continue to discuss and research the possibility of amending the code to include a new Chapter on Property: Maintenance of Vacant/Abandoned Property.