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Are you experiencing knee pain symptoms such as popping, clicking, bone-on-bone grinding, achiness, or sharp stabs? You're not alone in this journey. Knee pain affects nearly 25% of adults in the United States, causing discomfort, swelling, and chronic pain that can hinder everyday activities like childcare, walking, and exercise. Shockingly, recent statistics from The American Academy of Family Physicians indicate a 65% increase in diagnosed knee pain cases.

In a world where invasive surgeries and prescription painkillers are often the default solutions, it's crucial to explore the effective non-invasive options that are available. These alternative treatments provide relief without the associated risks of surgery.

Today, many doctors still recommend invasive surgeries and prescription painkillers rather than exploring non-invasive options. While those treatments are needed in some circumstances, there are alternative treatments available that can help you overcome knee pain without needing to go under the knife.

NJ Sports Spine and Wellness' advanced knee pain treatment in Howell, NJ gives men and women suffering from knee pain hope. Instead of relying on surgery, our team of doctors and physical therapists use non-invasive, highly effective treatments to help heal prevalent conditions such as:

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Arthritis

Soft tissue injury

ACL tears

MCL tears

Patella dislocation

Misalignment of the kneecap

Patella tendonitis

Jumper's knee

Osgood Schlatter's Disease

Knee

With the right treatment,

many people can reduce their pain and improve their function, allowing them to return to normal daily activities. Plus, by taking preventative measures and seeking prompt care from our team, it's possible to reduce your risk of developing chronic knee pain and other painful knee conditions. If you've been searching for a non-invasive way to eliminate knee pain and get back to an active life, your journey to recovery starts here.

Let's take a closer look at some of the knee pain treatments available at NJ Sports Spine and Wellness, which all serve as great alternatives to knee replacement surgery.

Physical Therapy:

Optimizing Musculoskeletal Health with Conservative Care

The field of Physical Therapy (PT) aims to rehabilitate individuals who have experienced injury, illness, or disability by restoring their mobility and function. Physical therapists cater to patients of various ages and capabilities, ranging from young athletes to senior citizens, in order to help them surpass physical limitations and improve their standard of living with advanced knee pain treatment in Howell, NJ.

At NJ Sports Spine and Wellness, our physical therapy program was founded on a patient-centric philosophy, where physical therapists work closely with patients to get a deep understanding of their goals, preferences, and capabilities. In doing so, they can create a tailor-made treatment strategy to address their unique knee pain with the goal of avoiding a knee replacement. Treatment may involve exercises that are therapeutic in nature and can include:

  • Joint mobilizations
  • Soft tissue mobilization using cupping
  • Graston technique
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Stretching of associated muscle groups

Joint Mobilization for Knee Pain

This unique knee pain solution involves physical therapists using skilled manual therapy techniques to help improve your joint range of motion while simultaneously reducing your knee pain.

During joint mobilization, a physical therapist applies targeted pressures or forces to a joint in specific directions to improve its mobility. The intensity of the force applied can vary, and it is adjusted based on the patient's comfort level. Joint mobilization is generally pain-free.

STM

Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM)

Soft Tissue Mobilization is a manual therapy technique that involves stretching and applying deep pressure to rigid muscle tissue. This helps to relax muscle tension and move fluids that are trapped in the tissues that cause pain and inflammation. This effective form of physical therapy is often used as an advanced knee pain treatment in Howell, NJ for treating knee strains, knee sprains, knee pain, and more.

Graston

The Graston Technique

The Graston Technique involves the use of handheld instruments to identify and break up scar tissue through specialized massage. During a Graston Technique session, physical therapists use convex and concave tools for cross-friction massage, which involves rubbing or brushing against the grain of the scar tissue. This process re-introduces small amounts of trauma to the affected area. In some cases, this process temporarily causes inflammation, which can actually boost the amount and rate of blood flow in the knee. This process helps initiate and promote the healing process so you can get back to a normal life.

Massage

Soft Tissue Massage

Soft tissue massage is a less intense form of massage than it's deep-tissue relative. Instead of focusing on slow and firm strokes to reach the deep layers of muscles and tissues, this massage technique uses a variety of pressures, depths, and durations. Soft tissue massage is helpful in alleviating different types of knee aches, pains, and injuries. Soft tissue massages can also help reduce stress, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.

Advanced Mechanics and Technology:

The Future of Knee Pain Therapy

While knee pain is a common symptom that affects millions of Americans every year, no two cases of knee pain are ever exactly alike. Some types of knee injuries require non-traditional solutions. At New Jersey Sports Spine and Wellness, we offer a range of treatments that leverage mechanics and technology to help patients recover from injuries while treating inflammation and pain as well as resolve the root cause of the pain.

AlterAlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill is equipped with NASA Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology, which is a precise air calibration system that uses the user's actual body weight to enhance rehabilitation and training. By utilizing a pressurized air chamber, the AlterG allows patients and athletes to move without any pain or restrictions.

This advanced knee pain treatment in Howell, NJ uniformly reduces gravitational load and body weight up to 80% in precise 1% increments. The results can be incredible, with patients reporting benefits such as:

  • Restoring and building of knee strength
  • Restored range of motion in the knee
  • Better balance
  • Improved knee function
  • More

What Makes the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill So Effective?

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill can monitor various metrics such as speed, gait pattern, stride length, and weight distribution. With real-time feedback and video monitoring, your rehabilitation team can promptly and accurately identify issues and pain points or monitor your progress throughout your knee pain rehabilitation journey.

One of the key benefits of this cutting-edge equipment is that it replicates natural walking and movement patterns without the artificial feel that hydrotherapy or harnesses create. This makes it an excellent choice for faster recovery after knee injuries or surgeries, as it allows for early mobilization while also preserving strength. Furthermore, it is ideal for sports recovery as athletes can use it for physical conditioning maintenance.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Howell, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Howell, NJ

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Our advanced treatment modalities for knee pain include laser therapy, which harnesses the revolutionary power of light through photobiomodulation (PBM). LiteCureâ„¢ low-level laser therapy is available for acute and chronic types of knee pain and can be hugely beneficial when coupled with physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic care, and sports recovery care.

Understanding Photobiomodulation (PBM)

PBM is a medical treatment that harnesses the power of light to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities. The photons from the light penetrate deep into the tissue and interact with mitochondria, which results in a boost in energy production. This interaction sets off a biological chain reaction that increases cellular metabolism. Utilizing low-level light therapy has been shown to:

  • Alleviate knee pain
  • Speed up tissue healing
  • Promote overall health and wellness
  • Expedite knee pain injury recovery
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Exclusive Access to

Pain Management Professionals

At NJ Sports Spine & Wellness, we know that every patient requires a personalized approach to chronic knee pain and condition management. Sometimes, our patients need access to pain management professionals, who can offer relief in conjunction with physical therapy and other solutions like low-level laser therapy.

Two of the most common services we offer for pain management includes acupuncture which can assist in avoiding knee replacement surgery.

Acupuncture is a common treatment for knee pain that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in your knee. This ancient Chinese medicine has gained popularity in Western culture due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions with minimal side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to release various biochemicals, including endorphins and other neurotransmitters. The release of these chemicals helps to reduce inflammation, decrease pain perception, and improve overall blood circulation.

Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in treating knee pain caused by a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and injuries related to physical activity like running. Acupuncture can also help reduce inflammation, improve muscle function, and decrease pain perception, making it a viable treatment on its own or as an addition to traditional treatment methods like physical therapy.

When undergoing acupuncture, a professional acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific acupoints on the skin. These needles are left in place for roughly 20 to 30 minutes and may be gently stimulated for an enhanced effect. Patients might experience a slight tingle or warmth at the needle insertion site, but overall, acupuncture is considered a painless procedure.

Acupuncture has been a trusted and effective treatment option for thousands of years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has even funded research studies to explore its efficacy for a range of medical conditions. To learn more about acupuncture for knee pain, contact NJSSW today.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Howell, NJ

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a common treatment for knee pain that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in your knee. This ancient Chinese medicine has gained popularity in Western culture due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions with minimal side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to release various biochemicals, including endorphins and other neurotransmitters. The release of these chemicals helps to reduce inflammation, decrease pain perception, and improve overall blood circulation.

Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in treating knee pain caused by a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and injuries related to physical activity like running. Acupuncture can also help reduce inflammation, improve muscle function, and decrease pain perception, making it a viable treatment on its own or as an addition to traditional treatment methods like physical therapy.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Howell, NJ

What Happens During Acupuncture Therapy for Knee Pain?

When undergoing acupuncture, a professional acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific acupoints on the skin. These needles are left in place for roughly 20 to 30 minutes and may be gently stimulated for an enhanced effect. Patients might experience a slight tingle or warmth at the needle insertion site, but overall, acupuncture is considered a painless procedure.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Howell, NJ

Is Acupuncture Actually Effective for Knee Pain?

Acupuncture has been a trusted and effective treatment option for thousands of years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has even funded research studies to explore its efficacy for a range of medical conditions. To learn more about acupuncture for knee pain, contact NJSSW today.

Avoid Knee Replacements with Advanced Knee Pain Treatment in Howell, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Howell, NJ

When it comes to knee pain therapies and treatments, getting a knee replacement should be last on your list. Why put your body through such trauma if you haven't tried other non-invasive treatment options? Whether you're an athlete trying to work through a knee injury or you're over 65 and are dealing with osteoarthritis, NJ Sports Spine and Wellness can help.

It all starts with an introductory consultation at our office in Matawan or Marlboro. During your first visit, we'll talk to you about your knee pain symptoms, the goals you have in mind, and the advanced knee pain treatments available to you at our practice. From there, it's only a matter of time before you get back to a healthy, active lifestyle.

Every day you wait can worsen your knee condition. Contact us today and let our team help get you on the road to recovery and life with painful knees.

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School bus crashes into Howell home after driver apparently fell asleep

HOWELL, New Jersey (WABC) -- A school bus crashed into a home in Howell, New Jersey on Tuesday morning, after the driver apparently fell asleep behind the wheel.It happened on Asbury Road around 7:15 a.m.A woman and two children inside the home at the time of the crash were not hurt but the driver did suffer cuts to his face.Fortunately, there were no children on board the school bus when it went into the home.Police said the bus was leaving Howell High School in the Freehold Regional District, and headed toward t...

HOWELL, New Jersey (WABC) -- A school bus crashed into a home in Howell, New Jersey on Tuesday morning, after the driver apparently fell asleep behind the wheel.

It happened on Asbury Road around 7:15 a.m.

A woman and two children inside the home at the time of the crash were not hurt but the driver did suffer cuts to his face.

Fortunately, there were no children on board the school bus when it went into the home.

Police said the bus was leaving Howell High School in the Freehold Regional District, and headed toward the Marlboro school district.

The driver, who works for Jay's Bus Service, apparently was exhausted and fell asleep and the bus went out of control and slammed into the house.

The driver hit a utility pole, a mailbox, and somehow avoided slamming into two trees and continued right into the house.

So far, there is no word on how fast the bus was traveling at the time, but the impact rocked the house.

Authorities say there is no indication that the driver was impaired -- he simply dozed off.

There is major structural damage to the two-story wood frame home. Crews are working remove the bus, which is burrowed into the ground and the house.

The family will be forced to stay somewhere else until the home is deemed safe.

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Howell Power Outages Nearly Fully Restored

Howell says all but about 126 customers have power restored, down from 3,700 reported earlier on Monday.Patch Staff|Updated Mon, Dec 18, 2023 at 6:00 pm ETHOWELL, NJ — The township reports that all but about 126 customers of JCP&L have had power restored.Things were "back up and running," said Howell Office of Emergency Management Director Victor Cook Monday evening.JCP&L had estimated about 11,000 customers were without power in Monmouth County after heavy storms overnight, includ...

Howell says all but about 126 customers have power restored, down from 3,700 reported earlier on Monday.

Patch Staff

|Updated Mon, Dec 18, 2023 at 6:00 pm ET

HOWELL, NJ — The township reports that all but about 126 customers of JCP&L have had power restored.

Things were "back up and running," said Howell Office of Emergency Management Director Victor Cook Monday evening.

JCP&L had estimated about 11,000 customers were without power in Monmouth County after heavy storms overnight, including 3,700 without power in Howell earlier on Monday.

The outage area involved Aldrich Road west of Route 9 and the north side of Route 9 from The Villages down to the Jackson Mills Road area.

Intersections at Georgia Tavern, Casino, and Strickland were affected earlier Monday but Victor Cook of the Howell Office of Emergency Management said only one remained on generator power (at Georgia Tavern Road) as of 1 p.m., and that was back in normal operation by Monday evening.

Find out what's happening in Howellwith free, real-time updates from Patch.

JCP&L Spokesman Chris Hoenig said there were 11,000 customers without power in the entire county.

Crews were already removing a tree that hit a line in Howell early Monday afternoon.

The JCP&L outage map showed scattered outages in Holmdel and Hazlet, with Marlboro, Freehold and Howell hit hardest, JCP&L said earlier Monday.

Hoenig said although the map shows estimated restoration time as 2 p.m. Dec. 20, most customers will be restored well before then.

"We work from the largest outage to the smallest, so it's those single customer ones that are unfortunately last in line. But the vast majority get back well before then," he said.

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Howell To Consider Rural Estate Zone For Victory Road In January

HOWELL, NJ — The last Township Council meeting of the year, as promised, saw the adoption of ordinances modifying certain zoning changes - with the exception of one ordinance that would have allowed warehouses on Victory Road as a conditional use.Instead, there are plans to introduce an ordinance in January that would change Victory Road to ARE-6, or Agricultural Rural Estate, 6-acre lot.An ordinance introduced in October proposed changing the entire SED (Special Economic Development) zone near Oak Glen Road, Victory Road...

HOWELL, NJ — The last Township Council meeting of the year, as promised, saw the adoption of ordinances modifying certain zoning changes - with the exception of one ordinance that would have allowed warehouses on Victory Road as a conditional use.

Instead, there are plans to introduce an ordinance in January that would change Victory Road to ARE-6, or Agricultural Rural Estate, 6-acre lot.

An ordinance introduced in October proposed changing the entire SED (Special Economic Development) zone near Oak Glen Road, Victory Road and County Route 547 to SED-1.

SED-1 would have still permitted warehousing as a conditional use as well as many other commercial/industrial uses, Community Development Director Matt Howard has said previously. But this change would have helped "avoid creating nonconforming uses" within the zone.

The four members of the Council at the meeting however, unanimously voted to reject the ordinance. (Mayor Theresa Berger was not in attendance).

Instead, an ordinance keeping most of the parcels in the area as SED-1 but separating out parcels on Victory Road to be zoned ARE-6 (Agricultural Rural Estate) will be introduced in January.

The rejection of the ordinance - with the hoped-for change to ARE - was met with applause from the audience, as many of the attendees are residents of the Victory Road area hoping to control warehouse development there.

One resident, Betty Velez, presented the Council with a map of the area, showing farms, non-manufacturing businesses and other use - all, she said, not compatible with warehouses.

"We are very pleased with the Council's decision to rezone the SED lots to ARE6 in the New Year," Velez said in a statement after the meeting.

She presented the map at the meeting as a visual aid, she said.

"Due to the complexity of zoning, we felt a visual aid would be beneficial to all and serve as evidence of the rural nature of Victory Road," she said, adding that both Howell and Monmouth County sources were used to develop the map.

The governing body is expected to introduce the new ordinance for the area (all SED-1, except Victory Road going to ARE-6), at its next regular meeting after the Jan. 2 reorganization meeting of the Township Council.

The introduction of that and several other ordinances relating to farm uses is expected to be introduced at the second meeting in January, Howard said.

The ordinance introductions had to be postponed to January after the Nov. 28 meeting was cancelled for lack of a quorum. Ordinances can not, under state law, be introduced in one year and adopted in the next.

See this past Patch article for a full story about the land use ordinances, including those now to be introduced in January.

Regarding the existing application for the AAVRHW Property - or Victory Road, plans call for a 203,802-square-foot structure with 25 loading dock spaces, two drive ramps, 68 trailer parking spaces, as well as 73 passenger vehicle parking spaces, according to the application.

That application is grandfathered in and will not be affected by any potential zone change, officials - and residents - have noted.

The developers of the site are meeting resistance from residents opposed to the "mega-warehouse." Ten residents in the area have hired an attorney to rebut traffic and engineering experts for the developer.

There is not a specific date as yet for the next discussion of the application, but residents should check the Jan. 4 Planning Board agenda when that is posted, the staff said, to see when the project is next expected to before the board.

The matter was first scheduled before the board in November 2022 and has had many continuations, although there also has been past testimony and many exhibits and site plan drawings submitted for various aspects of the project. You can refer to the Planning Board agenda to links to the exhibits, including a rendering of the proposed building.

Residents say the warehouse, among other issues, will endanger road safety and create storm water runoff problems and affect the quality of life in an area of private homes. Some houses in the area are rural, on several acres of land, and farms in the area include horse farms, produce farms and even an alpaca farm.

Note: This story has been updated with a map and additional comments from resident Betty Velez.

Where To See Santa In The Howell Area This Christmas Season

HOWELL-FARMINGDALE, NJ — Visits and pictures with Santa are treasured traditions for many Howell and Farmingdale families. For them, there’s nothing quite like seeing jolly old St. Nick live and in person.In Howell and Farmingdale , kids can catch up with Santa at these events:Dec. 2: The Howell Heritage & Historical Society invites the public to celebrate the holiday with photos taken in a festive setting - the Old Ardena Schoohouse. Visitors can meet Santa and view the schoolhouse's updated in...

HOWELL-FARMINGDALE, NJ — Visits and pictures with Santa are treasured traditions for many Howell and Farmingdale families. For them, there’s nothing quite like seeing jolly old St. Nick live and in person.

In Howell and Farmingdale , kids can catch up with Santa at these events:

Dec. 2: The Howell Heritage & Historical Society invites the public to celebrate the holiday with photos taken in a festive setting - the Old Ardena Schoohouse. Visitors can meet Santa and view the schoolhouse's updated interior on Saturday, Dec. 2, according to its Facebook site.Visitors can have photos taken at no cost, but must bring their own cameras. And while free, donations to the upkeep of the site are always welcome, the organization says.Here is the schedule:

The Old Ardena School house is at the corner of Old Tavern and Preventorium Roads.

Dec. 3: Farmingdale is now included on the Operation Toy Train route for the first time and, as an added attraction, Santa will be along for the ride. The "Santa Train" will be making its first stop in Farmingdale on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. before it moves up the line to Freehold and Manalapan. Operation Toy Train will be in Farmingdale at the Main Street Grade Crossing at 87 Main St.

Dec. 10: The township Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony will be Sunday, Dec. 10 at Alfred C. Sauer Park at Echo Lake. The free event takes place from 4:30 pm to 7 p.m. and includes lots of activities, including a visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elf. There are hot drinks and cookies, games, a petting zoo and more. Shuttle bus from parking at the Howell Commons Shopping Plaza (Old Navy/The Salon Professional Academy) for transfer to the event.

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Dec. 2, 3 weekends through Dec. 16, 17: New Jersey Museum of Transportation presents the Christmas Express with Santa, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Fare is $7 for all. is Located at Allaire State Park on Route 524, Wall. Click the museum's Facebook site for details.

Dec. 10, 17: Historic Allaire Village - Christmas at Allaire from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 10 and 17. See the Village transformed into an enchanting showcase of holiday cheer. Visit includes a surprise visit by Santa Claus. Tickets can be purchased in advance for just $8 per person (children 2 and under admitted for free) or at the door (if available) for $10 (children 2 and under admitted for free). Advanced purchase is highly recommended. See the Village event website for more details.

And you can find other chances to meet with Santa:

Freehold Raceway Mall, 3710 Route 9, Freehold Township offers "Experience the Magic of Santa." Children can visit Santa’s winter wonderland at the Lower Level, Zara Court. A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase.

Here's how to go about making an appointment: Pre-Booking your visit is recommended to help reduce wait time and it's easy.

There are also special holiday events:

Santa Cares: In partnership with Autism Speaks, the mall has reserved a time for special sensory-friendly Santa experiences. Sunday, Dec. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Pet Night: Bring your favorite pets to see Santa and support the Humane Society with any photo experience on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 4. Please enter and exit via the lower level entrance by Old Navy just prior to, and immediately after, your Santa visit.

Check the mall website for other shopping tips and to learn about partnership of the mall and the United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties for winter coat donations.

Monmouth Mall: Eatontown, Routes 35 and 36; Santa is now located in the common area opposite Macy's. You can make reservations here for this holiday tradition and see the full schedule. There is also an opportunity for photos for your pet. See the "Santa Paws" site to book a reservation.

Magic of Lights, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, through Dec. 30. Sundays to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays to Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy visits with Santa at Toyota Holiday Village.

Santa at American Dream: Here are the hours: https://www.americandream.com/photos-with-santa# They also offer pet photos with Santa Sundays: Dec. 3, 10 and 17 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Howell Council To Hold Hearings On Master Plan Recommendations

The Howell Township Council will meet Tuesday night, and several land use ordinances are on the agenda.|Updated Mon, Nov 27, 2023 at 8:09 pm ETHOWELL, NJ — Several ordinances that would regulate development and land use in the township are on the agenda for the Township Council Tuesday night, along with a chance for the public to comment.The Planning Board recommended changes to the Master Plan, said Matt Howard, Community Development director, "and these ordinances are modifying the overall zoning consisten...

The Howell Township Council will meet Tuesday night, and several land use ordinances are on the agenda.

|Updated Mon, Nov 27, 2023 at 8:09 pm ET

HOWELL, NJ — Several ordinances that would regulate development and land use in the township are on the agenda for the Township Council Tuesday night, along with a chance for the public to comment.

The Planning Board recommended changes to the Master Plan, said Matt Howard, Community Development director, "and these ordinances are modifying the overall zoning consistent with those recommendations."

He said the zoning changes proposed impact a variety of uses, not just one. And no zoning change is taking place to prevent, change or eliminate one specific use, he added.

Howard also noted that the ordinances being proposed do not have any bearing on any existing application before the Planning or Zoning Boards. An application is bound by the zoning laws in place at the time of the application submission, Howard said.

Ordinances that change after an application is submitted do not impact that application.

Find out what's happening in Howellwith free, real-time updates from Patch.

You can read all the ordinances on the agenda, here. The previous Township Council meeting was cancelled, so public hearings are now this Tuesday, Nov. 28. The public portion of the meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Here are some issues coming before the council:

Howard said an ordinance introduced at the last meeting was proposing to change the entire SED (Special Economic Development) zone near Oak Glen Road, Victory Road and County Route 547 to SED-1. SED-1 still permits warehousing as a conditional use as well as many other commercial/industrial uses, he said. But this change would avoid creating nonconforming uses within the zone.

However, he said an ordinance is being introduced similar to this one, keeping most of the parcels to SED-1, however the parcels on Victory Road have been separated out and are proposed to change to ARE-6. (Agricultural Rural Estate)

"The governing body will decide to adopt the first ordinance (changing the whole area to SED-1) or introduce the new ordinance (all SED-1, except Victory Road going to ARE-6). If Council introduces the second ordinance, it will be up for public hearing and adoption on Dec. 12," he said.

There are also several ordinances on the agenda related to farm activities.

These will enable farms to hold special events. In one circumstance, for events smaller than 30 guests, the farm can apply for permits through the Land Use Department of Community Development, Howard said.

For events of 31 people or more, the farm would need to apply for site plan and variance (if needed) approval from the appropriate board.

"We are proposing to make the events with 31 people or more a conditional use, which will dictate whether a use variance is needed or not," he said, adding that for those events, site plan approval will be required.

Howard explained that "one of the main conditions of these approvals is that the property is a bona fide farm with QFARM status. This means farms will need to meet the qualified farm tax assessment criteria including five acres actively tilled or six acres if a house exists, plus the income and time requirement.

"These event permits will not be issued if the property cannot achieve and maintain QFARM status as there is no legitimate tie to a bona fide farm. The separation of QFARM allows the farms these flexibilities while ensuring commercial operations do not have a loophole to occur in residential areas," he said.

Here are the explanations of the ordinances as stated on the agenda.

In all, there are eight ordinances slated for public hearing and adoption:

There are seven ordinances to be introduced, with a public hearing Dec. 12, if approved:

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