Phase 1 Waterfront Redevelopment Plan

The redevelopment of the blocks within the Phase 1 portion of the Downtown Waterfront Redevelopment Area with residential units above retail services within walking distance to the Toms River Bus Depot and the existing Downtown Core is appropriate for the community and essential to making Toms River’s downtown a true 24/7 center. It would serve as a catalyst for additional rehabilitative efforts within Downtown, including Block 658.01, which was added to the Downtown Waterfront Redevelopment Area to enable a direct pedestrian connection to the Downtown Core from Iron Street.

The Toms River Township 2017 Master Plan and the incorporated Downtown Master Plan support the concepts of sustainable design as a response to combating suburban sprawl and reducing the Township’s “carbon footprint”. Because of the significance of the Downtown Waterfront Redevelopment Area as part of the historic center of Toms River Township, this redevelopment plan leans on the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) rating system as a guide for design standards that will promote sustainable design of the Phase 1 area.

The Plan begins with what will be developed along the south side of Water Street between Highland Parkway and Main Street and extends up Irons Street where Washington Avenue is envisioned to extend as a retail lined pedestrian walkway to connect the current Downtown Core to a new redevelopment parcel consisting of the two parking lots on the west side of Irons Street. This approach fits perfectly within the objectives of the various Prerequisites and Credits of LEED ND and ensures that the redevelopment will produce valuable positive ratables for the Township, serve as a catalyst for economic investment in other properties in the area.

The Phase 1 Waterfront Redevelopment Plan was introduced by ordinance of the Township Council on November 27 and is expected to be reviewed by the Planning Board at their meeting of December 20th at 6PM. The public hearing on the Plan is expected to be held by Township Council on December 26 at 5PM.

 Waterfront Phase 1 Redevelopment Plan 10-06-17

Water Street Waterfront Redevelopment Phase 1 Plan V1 Model

Transit Village Model Rendering

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Downtown Core Redevelopment Plan
The redevelopment plan (Plan) for the Downtown Core Rehabilitation Area advances the goal of revitalizing Downtown Toms River into a true center for Toms River Township that builds on its inherent historic and riverfront character.    
The purpose of the Redevelopment Plan is to serve as the principal tool to guide the revitalization of the Downtown Core Rehabilitation  Area.  The Downtown Core Rehabilitation Area will be reinforced as a compact community of higher density housing types in new or rehabilitated/expanded buildings with ground level retail or office uses, where appropriate, and within walking distance of employment and services, bus routes, recreation spaces, and civic uses The infill redevelopment and rehabilitation of the Downtown Core is appropriate for the community and essential to making Toms River’s downtown a true 24/7 center for cultural and heritage tourism, entertainment, employment and  mixed-use neighborhoods.  The Plan identifies three surface lots, two that are publicly owned and one that is privately owned, that would supplement the supply of public parking and serve as a catalyst for economic investment in the construction or expansion of properties in the area.
The Rehabilitation Area that led to the development of this Redevelopment Plan includes the properties between Route 37 and Huddy Park and Robbins Parkway, south of Water Street and between Main Street and Hooper Avenue. 

Downtown Core Redevelopment Plan Adopted 2-26-19

Downtown Core - Toms River

Downtown Core Redevelopment Plan Model - Facing North




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