Local Body Nixes NJ Off-Road Park

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A proposal to build the Atlantic Off-Highway Vehicle Park in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, took a major hit recently when the local Board of Adjustment overwhelmingly rejected the request for a use variance to allow the attraction.

A park group wants to convert the 120-acre Shoreline Materials sand mine into the ORV park. A use variance for the property would have been a first step toward creating a regional trails riding facility for dirtbikes and ATVs.

The board voted 7-1 following a five-hour hearing at which off-road riders pleaded for the park, according to APP.com.

Proponents said the facility would give youngsters a safe and controlled place to ride motorcycles and ATVs. But the board sided with critics and neighbors who said the noise, drawing in new riders and other impacts of putting the park near a residential area would outweigh the benefits.

Major considerations were noise, state environmental rules and compliance with regulations. Some local officials said the park would reduce illegal activity and host fundraisers for local causes.

— Submitted by Holly Wagner