FREEHOLD, NJ – A public hearing on the Coastal Monmouth Plan, a regional planning effort currently under way, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 19, in the Monmouth County Planning Board Conference Room, second floor of the Hall of Records Annex at One East Main Street.

The plan will establish a set of planning alternatives and help the county’s 30 coastal municipalities – both individually and from a regional planning perspective – manage development, conserve open space, explore redevelopment opportunities and address the impacts of future growth on infrastructure, the natural environment and overall quality of life.

“It’s necessary to have a clear vision of what we can do to enhance the quality of life for residents as well as improve the business climate for the coastal region,” Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry said. “This plan focuses on hubs of economic activity that support the arts, entertainment and culture while looking to protect environmental centers for conservation, recreation and educational purposes.”

The draft plan is available for viewing on the Planning Board section of the county Web site at visitmonmouth.com.

“The public is urged to offer comments on this final draft plan, Freeholder John D’Amico Jr., a Planning Board member said. “To date, the public comments have been a valuable part of this planning process and we are looking forward to the adoption of the Coastal Monmouth Plan.”

Public input was gathered and public meetings were held since kickoff of the project in 2006.

For those unable to attend, written comments related to the plan may be submitted through July 16. Comments may be mailed or faxed to Geri Elias, secretary to the board, Monmouth County Planning Board, Hall of Records Annex, 2nd floor, One East Main Street, Freehold, NJ  07728.  The fax number is 732-409-7540.  Comments may also be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Initiated by the Monmouth County Planning Board, the Coastal Monmouth Plan was launched in 2006 with help from Maser Consulting, P.A. and stakeholders.

For more information about this event or the Coastal Monmouth Plan project, contact the county project director Joe Barris at 732-431-7460 or visit the county Web site at visitmonmouth.com.