New A.C. Master Plan Loosens Up Longtime Zoning Restrictions

Will it spur some much-needed development? The city hopes so.

This week the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the body that controls Atlantic City’s Tourism District, gave the green light on changes to the city’s master plan that will unwind some longstanding zoning restrictions.

The board says it approved the amendments to do away with some barriers to development and over the next year will develop more land-use ordinances to attract new businesses, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

Under the amendment, vacant land in the southeastern inlet near the former Revel casino will be turned from exclusively casino commercial to mixed-used residential. But there’s still a minimum density zoning requirement in place, according to the Inquirer, which will prevent people from buying the land to build beach houses, for example.

The revised plan also deems Kentucky Avenue an entertainment district and the Ducktown section of the city as an arts district. Areas around the Atlantic City Expressway and its waterfront have been labeled as spots for potential retail development.

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