Planning Board

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About the Board

The Planning Board is an eleven member Board (includes 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 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 strict application of 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, email Marianne Marcello at 973-402-9410, ext. 630. Email the Zoning Officer or call him at 973-402-9410, ext. 630.

Board Members

Name Title Term Expiration
Douglas Phelps Chairman 12/31/2021
Bruce MacNeal Vice Chairman 12/31/2021
Richard Orlusky Member 12/31/2020
Adam Brewer Member 12/31/2019
Jason Reineck Member 12/31/2018
Scot Looker Member 12/31/2020
Mayor Matthew DiLauri Member 12/31/2019
Alderman Jim Lynch Member / Governing Body Liaison 12/31/2018
Tamara Watts Member 12/31/2018
Jack Venturini Alternate Member 12/31/2018
Ashley Henschel Alternate Member 12/31/2019
Marianne Marcello Board Secretary n/a
Kurt Senesky, Esq. Board Attorney 12/31/2018
Jeffrey Janota (h2m) Consulting Planner Annual appointment
Joseph Vuich (SCE) Consulting 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.