Planning Board

Meetings

  • 7:30 pm
  • 2nd Tuesday 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

  • Clifford Williams, Chairman
    Term: December 31, 2022
  • John Palko, Vice-Chairman  
    Term: December 31, 2022
  • Eric Wilsusen, Mayor
    Term: December 31, 2019
  • Kim Finnegan, Councilwoman
    Term: December 31, 2019
  • Chief William Craig
    Term: December 31, 2019

Alternates

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

Professionals

  • Robert Deutsch
    Term: December 31, 2020
  • James Hine
    Term: December 31, 2022
  • Robert VanderPloeg
    Term: December 31, 2019
  • Peter Sedereas
    Term: December 31, 2019

Attorney
Robert Correale, Esquire
Brady and Correale, LLP
100 E Hanover Avenue
Suite 201
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
Phone: 973-267-3500
Fax: 973-267-5326 

Staff

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

Engineer
John Ruschke, P.E.
Mott MacDonald
412 Mount Kemble Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 908-238-5000
Fax: 973-267-2890
Email John Ruschke

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

Overview

Planning Boards are responsible for generating and updating a community's Master Plan. Other functions of the Planning Board involve subdivision and site plan review, creation of the official map and associated zoning ordinances and review of the capital improvements program for the Township. The Board is also empowered to review and approve "C" variances (departures from zoning ordinances) in conjunction with development applications. The Planning Board is involved in review of other state or federal programs or plans. The Board also assembles data for planning purposes and performs other advisory duties upon request by the Township Committee.

Master Plan

The Master Plan is a comprehensive, long-range plan intended to guide the growth and development of a community. It contains elements that provide for: 

  • Community Facilities
  • Future Economic Development
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Open Space
  • Recreation
  • Transportation

Land Use Plan

A primary element of the Master Plan is the Land Use Plan. This element serves as the basis for development of the Township's zoning ordinances, a set of local regulations that provides for controls on how the land in Jefferson is developed, occupied or utilized. The Land Use Plan is also implemented through a zoning map of zone categories as recommended in the Land Use Plan. Some areas in the Township have been upgraded in zoning protections due to extensive wetlands, environmental issues and/or lack of sewer service in area.

Reviewing Major Subdivisions & Site Plans

The Board is heavily involved in reviewing major subdivisions and site plans and finalizing the land use regulations that will support the zoning ordinances of the community. Subdivision review is required whenever any lot, tract or parcel of land is divided into two or more lots, tracts and parcels. Site plan reviews are required when someone proposes development for anything other than an individual lot application for detached one or two dwelling units.

Plans for development are available for public inspection in the Land Use Department located at the Municipal Building. The Planning Board meets regularly. Public participation is always encouraged and welcomed at these meetings.

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