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 2022:

  • January 12th
  • February 9th
  • February 23rd
  • March 9th
  • March 23rd
  • April 13th
  • May 11th
  • June 8th
  • July 13th
  • August 10th
  • September 14th
  • October 12th
  • November 9th
  • December 14th
  • January 11, 2023

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., 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 Steven Willenborg 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, Class IV 12/31/2025
David Vasa Member, Class II 12/31/2022
Mayor Richard Corcoran Member / Governing Body Liaison 12/31/2024
Council Member Marie Devenezia Member / Governing Body Liaison 12/31/2022
Jack Venturini Alternate, Class IV 12/31/2022
Adam Schnitzler Alternate, Class IV 12/31/2023
Steven Willenborg 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.