MIDDLETOWN - The coexistence of Naval Weapons Station Earle, and 13 communities in its vicinity - and the development that shapes it - undergo discussion Thursday evening in the Poricy Park Nature Center on Oak Hill Road.

Naval Weapons Station Earle
Naval Weapons Station Earle (Google Maps Street View)

Residents and stakeholders can viw the draft Joint Land Use Study from 6:30 until 8:30 PM, and can also add their comments and recommendations, according to Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry.

"This study is important to many residents of Monmouth County, as it affects 13 of our municipalities," Burry said in prepared comments. "I encourage our residents to attend this meeting to learn about the study and have their voices heard."

Base and county officials take roles in the study, which focuses primarily on Colts Neck, Howell Township, Middletown, Tinton Falls and Wall Township, and secondarily on the larger Military Influence Area of Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Eatontown, Farmingdale, Freehold Township, Keansburg, Neptune and Ocean Township.

Aspects of the report, upon which the panel's recommendations are based, concern existing conditions, climate resiliency requirements, and interactions between base and community officials.

Written comments are being accepted through December 14 at the Monmouth County Division of Planning.

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