11/18/2015 - Planning Board Activities
On 18 November the Township Committee introduced an ordinance to update our Land Use Ordinance (chapter 109). This is the culmination of many months of work by the Planning Board in consultation with the Public, our Planner, Engineer, Attorney and Zoning Officer. We updated the ordinance for a variety of reasons: First of which is feedback from the Zoning Board of Adjustment (the body that adjudicates variances); Second, from our own experiences hearing applications we found that the ordinance was out-of-date; Third, we wanted to provide our Zoning Officer with a more useful tool – giving him latitude as well as explicit instructions accordingly. It is now comprised of a one-page table, a series of definitions, and a series of conditions. Throughout our deliberations the Planning Board has maintained the basic tenet of preservation of property rights while being mindful of the impact on the neighbors. Feel free to check out the new ordinance on the township website or contact a member of the Planning Board for more information.