The Planning Board meets in the Millstone Township Meeting Room, 215 Millstone Road, Millstone Township, NJ on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm.
The Planning Board is responsible under state statute for preparing and adopting a Township Master Plan and for reviewing any and all land use development within Millstone Township, including alterations/additions to the schools, utilities and municipal agencies. The Planning Board is charged with approving all subdivisions, site plans, planned development applications and conditional uses which conform to Township land use ordinances. The Planning Board is also responsible for reviewing all ordinances proposed by the Township Committee that deal with land use, specifically Chapter 84 of the Township Code, as well Municipal Land Use Law, Chapter 291, Laws of N.J. 1975.
The Planning Board is made up of nine members and two alternate members who are all appointed by the Mayor. In addition, the Planning Board hires its own consultants at the beginning of each year when it reorganizes.
What is the Master Plan?
The Master Plan and its amendments are available to view or to purchase through the Land Use Office.
The Master Plan is comprised of a report or statement of land use and development proposals with maps, diagrams and text presenting a statement of objectives, principles, assumptions, policies and standards upon which constituent proposals for the physical, economic, and social development of the Municipality are based; a land use plan element taking into account and stating its relationship to the statement above and other Master Plan elements provided for and natural conditions, including but not necessarily limited to topography, soil conditions, water supply, drainage, flood plain areas, marshes and woodlands; showing the existing and proposed location, extent and intensity of development of land to be used in the future for varying types of residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational, educational, and other public and private purposes or combination of purposes and stating the relationship thereof to the existing and any proposed zone plan and any proposed zone plan and the zoning ordinance; and showing the existing and proposed location of any airports and the boundaries of any airport safety zones delineated; and including a statement of the standards of population density and development intensity recommended for the municipality.
The Master Plan which is written every six years is re-examined at intervals within that time period. The Planning Board holds a public hearing before the adoption of or amendments to the Master Plan by the Township Council.
Planning Board Application Process
The Land Use Office disseminates Planning Board Applications and associated instructions to residents, developers, attorneys, engineers and others for subdivision of land or for preparation of commercial site plans. When an application is filed, the Planning Board Secretary distributes copies of the application and associated plans to the Planning Board professionals for their review.
Applications for major subdivision and site plans are done in two phases where the applicant must first attain preliminary approval and meet all the conditions associated with that approval before applying for final approval. The actual processing time of any given application is dependent on the developer and the outside approvals that are needed. It is not unusual for an application to take one and a half to two years before final approval is granted.
The Public is informed of Planning Board requirements by either meeting with the Planning Board Secretary or by purchasing a copy of the Land Use Ordinance Book in the Land Use Office. Decisions of the Planning Board can be appealed to the Governing Body or through the Court System. After an approval is given, if a resident feels that a developer is not complying with the resolution of approval, they are asked to contact the Code Enforcement who is responsible for assigning inspectors to watch over all construction projects. Non-Compliance is generally not an issue since compliance issues are handled at the Technical Review Committee level. For additional information,
please call 732-446-1936.
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Related Planning Board links:
NJ Planning officials www.njpo.org
NJ State Office of Planning www.state.nj.us/osp/osphome
The Planner Web www.plannersweb.com
Planning & Architecture Internet Resource Center www.cyburbia.org