The Planning Board is currently reviewing the Woodlands Ordinance with an eye toward making
compliance easier while retaining the important safeguards that it provides. The updated
ordinance will become part of a new Environmental Features ordinance which will also include
the Stream Corridor Ordinance. This clerical rearrangement means that all development
regulations related to the environment will now be found in one place.
The “Permitted Uses Table” in the Land Development section of our local regulations (chapter
109) is under review with the goal of making it simpler and clearer. The improvements should
go a long way toward making it easier to work with the township Zoning Officer when
determining whether or not certain variances are required.
Jersey Central Power and Light recently appeared before the Planning Board to seek advice
and consent on their project to improve the Rocktown Substation located at the western end of
the township on Rocktown-Lambertville road. Recognizing the importance of this initiative, the
Planning Board and JCP&L worked cooperatively to develop site plans that adequately address
the needs and concerns of all the various parties. In a novel spirit of cooperation, JCP&L
provided escrow funds at an earlier than normal stage so that the professionals who represent
the township could work pro-actively with those representing JCP&L. According to JCP&L once
the expanded substation is commissioned, southern Hunterdon County should see significantly
improved electrical service and any outages should be shorter in duration.
For more information on these topics, please refer to the agendas and minutes posted on the
The Planning Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM at the Township