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Land Use & Planning

Land Use & Zoning Officer:  Tom Leach
Phone: 908-526-1300 x139

The Municipal Land Use Law, N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et. seq. is the New Jersey statue governing land subdivision and land use in the state.  It is the cornerstone upon which all municipal land regulation is built.  The underlying purposes of zoning and land regulation are focused in the public health, safety, morals and general welfare.  The Municipal Land Use Law (“MLUL”) authorizes municipalities to adopt zoning regulations governing the density, lot area, floor area ratio, bulk and other related standards for commercial and residential properties.

In New Jersey, the municipal Planning Board prepares a master plan in conformity with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-28 et seq.  The governing body then adopts zoning standards which implement the master plan land use recommendations.

Municipalities also include in their zoning ordinances regulations governing such things as accessory structures (sheds, pools, etc.), outdoor storage and parking.

The enforcement of the local zoning ordinances is in the purview of the Zoning Officer, who is usually appointed by the governing body.  Violation of the zoning ordinances may be addressed in Municipal Court or by injunctive relief at the Superior Court level.

Planning Board meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm in the Municipal Building.  The Planning Board Secretary may be reached at ext. 152 for additional details.

Board of Adjustment meetings are held the 1st Tuesday and 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the Municipal Building.  The Board of Adjustment Secretary may be reached at ext. 152 for additional details.


Click here to access Branchburg Township's Zoning Map