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Local Planning

Downtown Millville during their monthly Third Friday event. Source: NJSLOM

In New Jersey, the power to plan and zone for development is largely in the hands of the state’s 566 municipalities.

The Municipal Land Use Law (NJSA 40:55D-1) grants towns the power to enact a master plan to set land-use priorities and direction, as well as adopt a zoning ordinance to dictate where and in what form development should take, all with the purpose of protecting the public health, safety and welfare of citizens.  The local zoning administrator, as well as the volunteer planning and zoning board members, have the responsibility to interpret and enforce the community’s master plan and zoning ordinance. Because development impacts do not stop at municipal borders, it is important to provide communities with the necessary guidance, tools, laws and regulations to make sound land-use decisions that reflect the broader planning context.

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Experts Agree on Action Agenda To Address State’s Water Infrastructure Problems

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New Report Highlights New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure Crisis

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Honoring Henry Coleman

A cocktail reception Oct. 30, 2014, to honor Henry A. Coleman, a dedicated public servant and a friend and trustee of New Jersey Future.

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