Board of Adjustment

Meetings

  • 7:30 pm
  • 2nd and 4th Monday of every month
  • Municipal Building
    1033 Weldon Road
    Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members

  • Chairman Robert Vander Ploeg Jr.
    Term: December 31, 2021
  • Vice-Chairwoman Patricia Galfo
    Term: December 31, 2022
  • Guy Bakera
    Term: December 31, 2020
  • Dennis DiFrisco
    Term: December 31, 2019

Alternates

  • John Kelly, Alternate 1
    Term: December 31, 2019
  • Jim Small, Alternate 2
    Term: December 31, 2020

Professionals

  • Patty Fallon
    Term: December 31, 2019
  • James Jacoby, St.
    Term: December 31, 2022
  • Vacant
    Term: December 31, 2020

Attorney
Kurt Senesky
Schenk, Price, Smith, and King
220 Park Avenue
P.O. Box 991
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Phone: 973-539-1000
Fax: 973-540-7300

Staff

Secretary
Stephanie McCormack
1033 Weldon Road
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
Phone: 973-208-6119
Fax: 973-697-6720
Email Stephanie McCormack

Engineer
Bill Gregor
CP Engineering Services
35 Sparta Avenue
Sparta, NJ 07871
Phone: 973-300-9003
Fax: 973-300-4003
Email Bill Gregor

Planner
Jill Hartmann
21 Sparrowbush Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone: 201-818-9090
Fax: 201-995-0162
Email Jill Hartmann

Overview

The Zoning Board of Adjustment functions are very specific and different from the Planning Board in that they are required to review departures from our Township's Zoning laws. The Zoning Board of Adjustment's principal duties are to hear appeals, to grant variances from the strict application of the zoning ordinance and to rule on "use" applications.

Variance Applications

There are various types of variance applications under the jurisdiction of the Zoning Board. One variance is called an "A" variance. This type of application is filed when an applicant believes that the Township's Zoning Officer has erred in denying a request for a permit, Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or Zoning Approval Certificate. The Zoning Board will take testimony and decide a case based on proofs presented. 

The Zoning Board is also responsible for interpretations of the zoning ordinance and the zoning map on questions related to whether or not a specific use is permitted. This type of variance is called a "B" variance.

Bulk Variance

The most common type of variance heard by the Zoning Board of Adjustment is a variance from the bulk and dimensional requirements of the ordinance, referred to as a "C" variance or "bulk" variance. This is a commonly requested variance in town, generally associated with construction of single-family dwellings, accessory structures and additions. When building or expanding, a "C" variance may be needed because existing constraints of the property, size, area, shape or topographic conditions which may prevent compliance with the zoning regulations for that property. The Board then makes decisions based on documents and proofs submitted, the neighborhood setting, nature of request and many other reasons. The Board averages two to four "C" variances monthly.

Use Variance

The Board also must deal with those applications for variances where a use is not specifically permitted in the zone. This is called a "D" or "use" variance. There are six different kinds of "D" variances, but the most common "D" variance is generally a request for a use not permitted in a zone or expansion of a non-conforming use (an existing use which under today's regulations, would not be permitted in the existing zone).

Additional Information

For additional information on Planning and Zoning Boards, please visit the New Jersey Planning Officials site.