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Department of Engineering, Construction Services, Code Enforcement and Community Development

33 Washington Street
Toms River, New Jersey 08753

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 728,
Toms River, New Jersey 08754-0728
(732) 341-1000 


Community Development ext. 8351
Board of Adjustment ext. 8370
Planning Board ext. 8347
Zoning ext. 8449, 
Zoning@tomsrivertownship.com 

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
Engineering

Overview:

The Department of Engineering, Construction Services, Code Enforcement and Community Development consists of four divisions and several boards, all related to the overall development of the Township. The Department includes engineering, planning, zoning, conservation, community development, construction services, affordable housing and code enforcement. It also provides administrative services to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Environmental Commission. The purpose of these divisions and boards is to promote and ensure the reasonable and appropriate use of our lands and environmental resources.

Planning:

The Division of Planning provides administrative services to the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Environmental Commission. The full-time staff of the division includes a licensed professional planner, a zoning officer, and a certified geographical information specialist. This division handles a number of functions, including the review of development applications and variance requests presented to the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment, issuance of zoning permits, protection of trees under the woodlands management ordinance, administration of expenditures made under the Community Development Block Grant Program, overall coordination of the Township's affordable housing program, preparation and regular update of recommendations regarding the municipal Master Plan and development regulations ordinance, coordination with county and state long range planning objectives, technical assistance to the Environmental Commission, and coordination and technical advice regarding redevelopment areas in the township. In many respects, the Division of Planning is the research and recommendation arm of Township Council, providing information for council in order to assist the process of carrying out the policy objectives of the Township.

Zoning Permits:

The Zoning Officer is responsible for the review of proposed developments to determine conformity with Township zoning laws. He also can assist in interpretations of the ordinance. Sheds, additions to single family homes, and new single family homes are generally able to be issued a permit if they conform to zoning laws. Commercial and multifamily residential developments generally require approval by the Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment prior to issuance of a zoning permit.

For zoning questions please e-mail us at Zoning@tomsrivertownship.com.

Planning Board:

The Planning Board has jurisdiction to review and approve site plans, subdivisions, and dimensional variances requested as a part of those applications. Numerous functions are under the jurisdiction of the Planning Board in addition to the review of development applications, including the review of capital projects by various levels of government, preparation and adoption of a Master Plan guiding long-range goals and objectives for the Township, review and recommendation on amendments to land development and zoning regulations, and recommendations to Township Council on matters related to redevelopment.

Zoning Board of Adjustment:

The Zoning Board of Adjustment hears and decides matters that are not consistent with the zoning regulations. Individual homes that do not meet the standards of the ordinance are heard by the board, and the board hears applications where uses are not permitted by the ordinance. The proceeding is quasi-judicial in nature, and it is the function of the board to protect the intent and purpose of the zone plan while at the same time providing relief where it is warranted. Strict statutory guidelines are followed in these matters. The board is also empowered to provide interpretations of the zoning ordinance, and to hear appeals where it is alleged that the Zoning Officer or other administrative agent of the Township has made an error in the administration of the ordinance.

Environmental Commission:

The Environmental Commission has the responsibility to review and comment, where it deems appropriate, on development applications heard by the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment. It is also to maintain an inventory of natural resources in the Township, identifying those of unique environmental interest so they can be recommended for protection. Many of the functions of the commission are also carried out by regional, county and state agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

 

Resources:

Department of Engineering, Construction Services, Code Enforcement and Community Development - ADOPTED 12-12-2017 - EFFECTIVE 01-01-2018
4569-17 Chp. 348 to amend various sections of the township code - ADOPTED 12-26-2017 - EFFECTIVE 01-15-2018
Ordinance #9
Zoning Map
Typical Residential Home - Building Permit & Construction Inspection Process
Frequently Asked Questions 
Forms, Applications & Downloads

Department of Engineering, Construction Services, Code Enforcement and Community Development

33 Washington Street
Toms River, New Jersey 08753
(732) 341-1000, ext. 8335

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 728,
Toms River, New Jersey 08754-0728

Robert J. Chankalian, PE, CME
Township Engineer

Wendy A. Birkhead, PE, CME
Assistant Township Engineer

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Engineering

Overview:

The Department of Engineering, Construction Services, Code Enforcement and Community Development consists of four divisions and several boards, all related to the overall development of the Township. The Department includes engineering, planning, zoning, conservation, community development, construction services, affordable housing and code enforcement. It also provides administrative services to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Environmental Commission. The purpose of these divisions and boards is to promote and ensure the reasonable and appropriate use of our lands and environmental resources.

Engineering:

The Division of Engineering provides various services such as coordination of state and federal construction projects & grants, plan review, and design and management of township's capital construction projects. Capital projects consist of road paving and drainage improvements, park and recreation projects, stormwater management and water quality upgrades, bulkhead replacement, beach protection, flood damage prevention and public building projects.

 

The Division of Engineering also provides services to residents by assisting with FEMA flood zone determinations, plot plan reviews, and responding to general engineering and environmental questions typically related to wetlands, stormwater management and other general development questions. The division coordinates with the state and federal government on programs such as the Federal Emergencey Management Agency Community Rating System, which allows our residents to enjoy discounts on their flood insurance, as well as state mandates such as our Tier A Municipal Stormwater Permit. This program's purpose is to ensure that we do all that we can to improve the cleanliness of our streams, rivers and the bay by inspecting, cleaning and upgrading our township drainage system. This program requires continuous coordination and maintenance of items, such as catch basin and pipe cleaning, street sweeping, detention basin maintenance and outfall erosion protection.

 

For more information on any of these topics please call the Engineering Division at (732) 341-1000 ex. 8335 or reach us by e-mail at engineering@tomsrivertownship.com.

Resources:

Typical Residential Home - Building Permit & Construction Inspection Process
2014 FEMA CRS Biennial Report
2015 FEMA CRS Biennial Report
FEMA Flood Insurance Information
Flood Zone Information
Frequently Asked Questions 
Forms, Applications & Downloads

Useful Links:

Soil Information
NJDEP Land Use Regulation Program
Stormwater Regulations
FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps

WHAT IS STORMWATER POLLUTION?

Water from rain and melting snow that flows over lawns, parking lots and streets is known as stormwater runoff. This water, which travels along gutters, into catch basins and through storm drain pipes and ditches, usually is not treated, but then flows or is discharged into local waterbodies. Along the way, the stormwater picks up trash (fast-food wrappers, cigarette butts, styrofoam cups, etc.) and toxins and other pollutants... Read More

A COMMUNITY AGAINST SUBSTANCE ABUSE

652 Garfield Ave.
Toms River, New Jersey 08753
(732) 341-1000, ext. 8474

Director of Health & Human Services
JoAnn Benson
jbenson@tomsrivertownship.com
(732) 341-1000 x8434

Donna Pappas, Chairwoman

Helen McGovern, Coordinator

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

The Toms River Municipal Alliance coordinates substance abuse prevention programs, activities and events throughout  the year for community members of all ages.  The Alliance often partners with the Toms River District Schools, The Township's Department of Youth Services and Senior Center, Ocean's Harbor House, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County, Children's Home Society and the Family Success Center, the Ocean County Health Department, Barnabas Health, Prevention First, and other agencies and organizations for the same purpose.  The Alliance networks with numerous social service, health care, government, non-profit and private agencies in its mission. Further community support is offered with information and referrals on substance abuse and related issues by calling the Alliance office directly.

The 2014-2019 Strategic Plan is the framework for the Toms River Municipal Alliance mission. This is a grant, funded by the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) and includes a 25% cash match from Toms River Township; State funds are generated through fines collected from those convicted of drug crimes. The Ocean County Health Department supervises this county's Municipal Alliances and compliance with their respective grants.  All programs in the Toms River Municipal Alliance Strategic Plan fall under these approved main categories: Youth Action, Family Unity, and Senior Plan.

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (S.T.E.P. ) is one of the most requested programs and is funded by a coalition of Alliances including those of Toms River, Pine Beach, and Beachwood, with additional support from Ocean lnc./Head Start and Children's Home Society/Family Success Center. This evidence based program supports the family unit with skill building education for parents, guardians, and individuals working with youth.  S.T.E.P. is a 16 hour course that also satisfies the terms of some court orders.  Courses run throughout the calendar year and information is available by calling the Alliance office directly.

Other Alliance popular programs include the Municipal Alliance Senior Health Fair, hosted annually by the Toms River Senior Center on Garfield Avenue in May.  Numerous government, non-profit and private health care and social service providers offer free health screenings, services, and information for the age specific needs of Seniors and their care givers. Admission is free and the day includes live entertainment and a picnic lunch.

For more information, a referral, request, or volunteer opportunities, please call Coordinator Helen McGovern at (732) 341-1000 x 8474. Check this site and our answering machine for periodic updates on Alliance programs and activities.

Here are some agencies with whom the Alliance networks:  

Al-Anon/Alateen
Alcoholics Anonymous

Barnabas Health

Catholic Charities
Contact of Ocean County
Elks Lodge #1875 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee
Narcotics Anonymous Nar-Anon NJ
Ocean County Board of Social Services
Ocean County Health Department
Ocean County Prosecutor's Office
Ocean's Harbor House 
Prevention First

Providence House

 

Toms River Senior Center Hosts Health Fair May 27th - Please Click Here for Flyer

 2018

 

New Year’s Day            January 1, 2018             Monday

Martin Luther King        January 15, 2018           Monday

President’s Day             February 19, 2018          Monday

Good Friday                  March 30, 2018             Friday

Memorial Day                May 28, 2018                Monday

Independence Day         July 4, 2018                  Wednesday

Labor Day                     September 3, 2018         Monday

Columbus Day               October 8, 2018             Monday

Election Day                  November 6, 2018        Tuesday

Veteran’s Day               November 12, 2018       Monday

Thanksgiving                 November 22, 2018       Thursday

Holiday                          November 23, 2018       Friday

Christmas                      December 25, 2018       Tuesday

Articles from the Ocean County Historical Society:

 

Toms River Township 250th Anniversary Clebration

From Here to Over There 

 

Important Dates in Toms River Township:

June 24, 1767
Chartered by Act of the Colonial Legislature.

March 24, 1782
Village of Toms River attacked and burned by the British.

1782-'83
Revolutionary War peace talks in Paris delayed due to British attack on Toms River.

1850
Ocean County established; Dover Township chosen as County seat.

1954
Garden State Parkway opened; Dover Township divided into eastern and western parts as a result.

1990
Dover Township census population reaches 76,371.

2000
Dover Township census population reaches 89,706.

2006
Dover Township name changed to Toms River Township.

Toms River Township Historic Preservation Commission

  • J. Mark Mutter, Chairperson
  • David P. Correll
  • Cynthia Smith
  • Kim General
  • L. Manuel Hirshblond
  • Stacy Proebstle
  • Mary Ellen Hudson

Please contact the Toms River Township Mayor's Office for meeting dates. The Commission meets at 3:30 p.m. at the Toms River Township Municipal Building, 33 Washington Street, Toms River, New Jersey

Toms River Township Historian J. Mark Mutter, Esq.

If you have important or interesting information about Toms River Township history, contact us at 33 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753.

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Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 728,
Toms River, New Jersey 08754-0728
Town Hall located at:
33 Washington Street
Toms River, New Jersey 08753
732-341-1000