AC Primetime Radio PODCAST: Why does Atlantic City’s Tourism District need it’s own Master Plan and zoning rules? No better person to ask than Lance Landgraf, Director of Planning for the CRDA – Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.
Listen to the ACprimetime Radio Podcast interview from March 17, 2017. Here are some items & questions discussed:
What does a CRDA Director of Planning do? What is a Master plan? What is ZONING? Why is it so important?
How does your work as CRDA Director of Planning…. compare or differ from what Elizabeth Terenik does… as the City of Atlantic City’s Director of Planning? Is there overlap? Maybe some friendly conflict on occasion?
Master plans are updated approximately every 10 years. Last one for the Atlantic City Tourism District was 5 years ago.
Share a specific example of what NEW… POSITIVE stuff can be done….with a new Tourism District masterplan.
Gardner’s Basin & Caspian Point are two Atlantic City areas RIPE for development, especially with a newly rebuilt Boardwalk leading there. How does the CRDA play a role with something like that?
CRDA assisted with zoning issues in a previous attempt….from a different developer/investor group, to turn the old Atlantic club/Hilton/original Golden Nugget into a water park.
Do preliminary plans from R & R Development Group…conform to previous CRDA approvals for a waterpark at Atlantic Club? Did you already have a peek at what R&R Developers want to do?
So Atlantic City investors doesn’t waste time buying a property, does CRDA provide preliminary approvals….prior to major purchases?
Do you review and OK their plans…BEFORE they close on building? How does that process work?
‘Land banking’ is often seen as a negative, but it’s often a necessary tactic to create an attractive canvas for development.
Loss of ratables is probably the biggest negative while that land/parcel is ‘banked’. Please explain the rationale behind land banking. Revel district. Potential use of Eminent domain. Thoughts?
Re-zoning has raised some eyebrows…..concerns over Real Estate values being affected….which is normal. How does the CRDA respond to those concerns?
Which districts see MOST substantial ZONING changes?
- Resort Commercial District & Central Business District
- Ducktown Arts District & Thorofare Waterfront District
- Resort Commercial Development District
- Multifamily Low-Rise Apartment Residential District
- Lighthouse One District –Lighthouse Two District
- Beach District, Marina District, Bader Field District
How do we grow AC as tourism destination….and a place where millennials want to buy a home, raise a family…..while addressing social / economic needs of current AC residents?
AC is on an island of Casinos, potential Waterparks, Restaurants, attractions… and residential neighborhoods. How does CRDA reduce chance of residential disruption…..from our fast growing/evolving…..really important…..casino industry & tourism district?