Planning Board

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About the Board

The Planning Board is comprised of eleven members (including two alternate members) who are responsible for generating and updating Boonton’s Master Plan. The Master Plan is a comprehensive plan intended to guide and control the current and long-range development and land use within the Town.  The Board serves as a combined Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Meetings - 7:30PM at Town Hall on the 2nd Wednesday of the month

Planning Board Public Meeting Dates 2023:

  • January 11th
  • February 8th
  • March 8th
  • April 12th
  • May 10th
  • June 14th
  • July 12th
  • August 9th
  • September 13th
  • October 11th
  • November 8th
  • December 13th
  • January 10, 2024

Planning Board Approval

Planning Board approval is required prior to the subdivision of land within the Town of Boonton as well as for any development involving any new building other than one or two-family dwellings, any new addition to an existing building other than one or two-family dwellings, any change in use of an existing building, any new off-street parking area and any land disturbance involving an area of 1,000 square feet or more, including excavation, soil removal, land filling or site clearance.

Since the Boonton Planning Board serves as a combined Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-25c., an application must also be made to the Planning Board for relief from the Zoning and Land Use ordinances of the Town, as well as appeals from the decision of the Town’s Zoning Officer.

Contacting the Board

For information regarding Planning Board matters, contact the Planning Board Secretary at or at 973-402-9410, ext. 630. To contact the Zoning Officer, email Patrick Laverty at or call him at 973-402-9410, ext. 632.

Board Members

Name Title Term Expiration
Douglas Phelps Chairman 12/31/2025
Adam Brewer Vice Chairman 12/31/2023
Richard Orlusky Member, Class IV 12/31/2024
Waqar Khokhar Member, Class IV 12/31/2024
Mark Wrobel Member, Class IV 12/31/2023
Benjamin Weisman
Member, Mayor Designee 12/31/2023
David Vasa Member, Class II 12/31/2023
Mark Wrobel Member / Class IV 12/31/2023
Council Member 
Marie Devenezia
Member / Governing Body Liaison 12/31/2023
Jack Venturini Alternate, Class IV 12/31/2025
Adam Schnitzler Alternate, Class IV 12/31/2023
Briana Clemmons Board Secretary  
Scott Carlson, Esq. Board Attorney Annual Appointment
Topology Town Planner Annual appointment
Suburban Consulting Engineers Board Engineer Annual appointment

Agendas & Minutes

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

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Annual Land Use Board Report

The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) is required to review its actions on an annual basis. This report is submitted in accordance with the requirements of the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL), N.J.S.A. 40:55D 70.1, set forth below.

40:55D 70.1: Report on variance applications, amendment recommendations. The Board of Adjustment shall, at least once a year review its decisions on applications and appeals for variances and prepare and adopt by resolution a report on its findings on zoning ordinance provisions which were the subject of variance requests and its recommendations for zoning ordinance amendment or revision, if any. The Board of Adjustment shall send copies of the report and resolution to the governing body and planning board. This report provides information on ALL applications before the Town’s Land Use Board. 

Joining the Planning Board

To be considered for a position on Boonton's Planning Board, CLICK HERE.