The Planning Board is in charge of permitted activities within the construction department. Their essential duties are to deal with policy (the Borough’s Master Plan) and the implementation of that policy through the zoning, site plan and subdivision ordinances. These ordinances establish ground rules which must be met by an applicant. If the applicant meets the requirements of the particular ordinance, the board must approve the subject application. However, a site or subdivision plan can be denied if it does not fulfill a specific requirement of an ordinance. The Planning Board is also charged with periodically formulating a plan to meet the mandates of the NJ council on Affordable Housing, as an element of the Master Plan.
The Planning Board meets twice monthly, usually on the first and second Tuesdays. However, the meeting schedule may vary due to Borough holidays and other conflicts and is set at the first meeting of the year, held in early January. All meetings are open to the public and are held in Council Chambers, Municipal Center, 360 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, NJ, beginning at 8:00 P.M.
Notices of impending action by the Board generally appear in the legal notices section of the Courier-News (Bridgewater) but may also be published in the Newark Star-Ledger or the Daily Record (Morristown).
Bob Lesnewich, Chairman
Mark Germansky, 2nd Alternate
John Keane, Vice Chairman
Allen Morgan, Mayor
Denise Torsiello, 1st Alternate
Steve Warner, Attorney
Secretary to the Board: Margaret Koontz, 908-665-1124, fax 908-665-8361
Office Hours: 8 AM – 1 PM, Monday – Friday
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Meetings for the Year 2021
Planning Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes