County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
August 30, 2022

Division of Planning releases new compatibility study
This study is a follow-up to the 2017 NWS Earle Joint Land Use report

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Division of Planning has released the Next Steps to Compatibility Planning Study which includes land use and zoning strategies to guide land use decisions that may affect Naval Weapons Station Earle (NWS Earle) and the surrounding towns.

“This study, which is a follow-up to the 2017 Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Earle Joint Land Use Study, is important to long-term success in regard to land use laws and zoning policies and regulations that will help protect NWS Earle, as well as the public’s health, safety and welfare,” said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. “The study team worked with representatives from the five municipalities that are immediately adjacent to NWS Earle: Colts Neck, Howell, Middletown, Tinton Falls, and Wall for the best possible outcome.”

“Since 1943, NWS Earle's mission has been to provide ordnance for all Atlantic Fleet Carrier and Expeditionary Strike Groups and support strategic Department of Defense ordnance requirements. It is the largest weapons station on the East Coast and supplied most of the ammunition for the Normandy Invasion as well as 90 percent of all ammunition used for Operation Desert Storm,” said Commissioner Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Division of Planning. “The facility also encompasses a total of 11,851 acres in three major land parcels, a 17-mile Normandy Road/Rail Ammunition Transportation Corridor, and a 2.9-mile-long Pier Complex in Raritan/Sandy Hook Bay.”

The study was funded, in part, by a $125,000 grant from the Department of Defense’s Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. To read the report, go to

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