Union County Planning Board
The New Jersey County Planning Act, N.J.S.A 40:27-1 adopted in 1975, permitted the Board of Chosen Freeholders to create a County Planning Board of not less than five and no more than nine members. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through resolution adopted in 1976 established the Union County Planning Board pursuant to Article 27 of the County Administrative Code. The County Planning Board members consist of a mixture of Chosen Freeholders, County Engineer, and Citizen Members with a varying degree of term length depending on member type. The members of the County Planning Board are selected by the Board of Chosen Freeholders and members conduct their responsibilities according to adopted County Planning Board By-Laws.
The County Planning Board, based on the County Planning Act, include responsibilities such as the preparation and adoption of a County Master Plan with accompanying maps, charts, and descriptions of board recommendations associated to transportation, roadways, open space, and sanitary and drainage facilities as may be important to the development of the County. The County Planning Board may adopt an official County map. The Planning Board encourages cooperation with local municipalities within the County on matters that concern the integrity of the County Master Plan.
Associated responsibilities of the County Planning Board include the review of site plans and all subdivision development applications as they may affect county roads and drainage facilities as described in the County of Union’s Land Development Standards. The County Planning Board may provide recommendations in relation to State Plan Documents and the board serves as a repository for local Master Plans and Zoning Ordinances in accordance to the County Planning Act and Municipal Land Use Law. Municipalities are required within 30 days after the adoption of a zoning ordinance, subdivision ordinance, master plan, official map, capital improvement program, or amendments thereto, to transmit a copy of said documents to the County Planning Board for its records.