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BOARDS & COMMITTEES, STATUTORY

AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Agricultural Advisory Committee recommends to the Planning Board which farms should be preserved. The creation of this Committee enables the Township to obtain farmland preservation planning incentive grants for the purpose of preserving significant areas of reasonably contiguous farmland that will promote long term economic viability of agriculture as an industry in Montgomery Township.

Membership: The Agricultural Advisory Committee is appointed by the Mayor with Township Committee consent.

Meetings: The AAC generally meets the first Thursday of the month at 3 PM in the Upper Conference Room. Please check the upcoming monthly meetings calendar for specific date and time.

Contact: LWasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us

AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Princeton Aircraft Complaint Form – Please use this link if you are experiencing problems with aircraft traveling to or from Princeton Airport.

The duties of the Airport Advisory Committee are:

a. To review and make recommendations concerning Princeton Airport’s General Operating Rules and Facility Management Standards as set forth more fully in Sec. 11.02 of the Settlement Agreement;

b. To review and make recommendations concerning standards for pilot discipline as set forth more fully in Sec. 11.02 of the Settlement Agreement;

c. To serve as a forum to hear and evaluate any issue brought before the Airport Advisory Committee, and to develop by-laws and procedures for
addressing any such issues as set forth more fully in Sec. 11.02 of the Settlement Agreement;

d. To address complaints and comments as set forth more fully in Sec. 11.03 of the Settlement Agreement;

e. To participate in a Pilot Discipline Program as set forth more fully in Sec. 11.04 of the Settlement Agreement;

f. To review noise abatement plans as set forth more fully in Sec. 11.06 of the Settlement Agreement;

g. To file an annual report with Princeton Aero Corp. and the Township concerning its activities for the previous year;

h. To perform such other tasks as may, from time to time, be jointly requested by Princeton Aero Corp. and the Township.

The Airport Advisory Committee is appointed by the Township Committee.  It meets as needed.

CONSTRUCTION BOARD OF APPEALS

A Construction Board of Appeals hears appeals from decisions by the enforcing agency. This is now handled on the County level. Please see the Somerset County website at www.co.somerset.nj.us.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

The Economic Development Commission analyzes the economic development of the region and to promote the sound development of the Township.

Furthermore, the EDC is charges with mobilizing the potential resources of the Township for efficient commercial, office and economic development uses. They are to conduct a thorough study of the basic economic advantages of the Township and promote the same so that a program for managed and selected growth of clean and environmentally desirable ratables may be realized.

Membership: Appointed by the Mayor with Township Committee consent.

Meetings: The Commission generally meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM in the Lower Lower Conference Room.  Please check the upcoming monthly meetings calendar for specific date and time.

Contact: EDC@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Video: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/08172017-1112

Additional Info or Webpages: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/about-montgomery/economic-development/

EFFICIENCY INCENTIVE COMMITTEE (EMPLOYEE)

This committee reviews employee suggestions regarding how local government can operate more efficiently to realize cost savings for the taxpayers. Its members are staff appointed by the Township Administrator.

Membership: Township management and staff only, appointed by the Township Administrator.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

The purpose of an Emergency Management Unit is to provide guidance to the departments and agencies of the Township.for optimum use of the resources of the Township for action in coordinating emergency operations.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is the coordinating unit for all activity in connection with civil defense, disaster control and civil preparedness.

Membership: Township Police staff only; appointed by the Mayor.

EMERGENCY SERVICES COORDINATING COMMITTEE

The Emergency Services Coordinating Committee is appointed by the Township Committee. It’s membership consists of staff and representatives of first responder units in Montgomery including police, office of emergency management, health officer, fire companies, and emergency medical services.

EMERGENCY PLANNING COUNCIL, LOCAL

Pursuant to NJSA A:9-41, the Local Emergency Planning Council or LEPC must be established by each municipality and chaired by the local Emergency Management Coordinator. The Council is established to assist the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator in the development & revision of the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) of the Twp. which is comprised of sixteen annexes. Generally, the members of the LEPC are selected on the basis of subject area expertise or otherwise serve in a decision making capacity with a public or private entity who can contribute resources to the Twp. in the event of a local emergency to achieve stabilization and/or resolution. The LEPC was established by Resolution on 06/19/03.

Membership: The Local Emergency Planning Council is appointed by the Mayor and consists of Township staff; first responder leaders; and school and industry representatives.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION / SUSTAINABLE MONTGOMERY

The Environmental Commission advises the Township on all issues related to the environment.  The Commission conducts research into the use of the open land areas of the municipality and may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes. It prepares, prints and distributes documents and materials which in its judgment it deems necessary for its purposes. It is charged with keeping an index of all public or privately owned open areas (including wetlands) in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas. It may recommend to the Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in a municipal master plan and also may make recommendations to the Planning Board regarding the development and use of undeveloped areas.

In May 2009, a sub-committee of the environmental commission, Sustainable Montgomery (aka The Green Team), first assisted Montgomery Township in gaining certification through the Sustainable Jersey program. This certification has continued without exception since that time. The Sustainable Montgomery Committee also works on other sustainability initiatives, such as creating a green purchasing policy and a sustainable land use pledge.

Membership: The members of the Environmental Commission / Sustainable Montgomery consist of resident volunteers appointed by the Mayor.

Meetings: The Commission generally meets the first Tuesday of January, September, October and November at 6:00 PM in the Large Conference Room (MR). Please check the upcoming monthly meetings calendar for specific date and time.

Contact: LWasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Video: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/08172017-1038

Additional Info or Webpages:

EARTH DAY RECYCLING FAIR INFO – Held every April on a Sunday.  Check Earth Day Fair website for details.

RIVER FRIENDLY EDUCATION PROGRAM (SBMWA) – survey which outlines actions residents can take at home to protect clean water and the environment

RECYCLING BEYOND CURBSIDE – Tips for difficult-to-recycle materials

ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES, 4-16-09 Presentation to Township Committee

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS & SUGGESTED POLICY OPTIONS (2008)

STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION TIPS (all age) “CLEAN WATER RAINGERS” ACTIVITY BOOKLET (grades 4-6) “CLEAN WATER RAINGERS” COLORING BOOKLET (grades 1-3)

Sustainability Earth Day Activities Ideas Environmental Quiz Questions – Quiz 1Quiz 2Quiz 3 & Quiz 4 Suggested High School Environmental Presentations

FIRE PREVENTION, BOARD OF

The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, C. 383) and all codes and regulations adopted thereunder in all buildings, structures and premises, other than owner-occupied one and two family dwellings, within the established boundaries of the Township of Montgomery and shall faithfully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A.C. 5:18). The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be responsible for the periodic inspection of life hazard uses as required by the Uniform Fire Code. The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall annually prepare a report and transmit the same to the Township Committee, and the Commissioners of Fire Districts Nos. 1 and 2 summarizing the activities of all proceedings under the Uniform Fire Code. This report shall contain, without limitation, statistics concerning the number and location of inspections and violations, relevant municipal court action and recommendations for means of fire prevention. The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall meet at such times as may be necessary to fulfill its responsibilities, but in any event, not less than bi-monthly.

Membership: The members of the Board of Fire Prevention consists of the Fire Marshall and representatives of both fire companies and boards of fire commissions, appointed by the Township Committee.

Meetings: The Board generally meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM in the Montgomery Twp. municipal building kitchen. Please check the upcoming monthly meetings calendar for specific date and time.

Contact: firepre@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Additional Info or Webpages: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/fire-prevention/

HEALTH, BOARD OF

All legislative power of the Township in matters of health are  exercised by the Board of Health.

Membership: The Board of Health consists of resident volunteers appointed by the Township Committee.

Meetings: The Board of Health generally meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM in the Courtroom.  Please check the upcoming monthly meetings calendar for specific date and time.

Contact: SCarey@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Video: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/08172017-1039

IMPROVEMENT ASSESSORS, BOARD OF

The Board of Improvement Assessors makes all assessments for benefits accruing from local improvements. This board comes into play when the Township makes a public improvement that has an impact on property values and funds the project as an assessment improvement project. This means that an appraiser reviews the impact of the improvement on the value of the effected  properties. An example would be the installation of a sewer line in the street in front of homes previously served only by septic. An appraiser arrives at a value for the improvement and then submits that report to the Board of Improvement Assessors. The Board then holds a public hearing, taking public comment on the values.  The Board determines if they themselves support the values, want them changed, or believe that there was increase in value to the effected properties. The Board of Improvement Assessors then makes a formal recommendation to the Township Committee, who can either accept, reject, or amend their recommendation.

Membership: Its members are appointed by the Township Committee.

Meetings: As needed.

JOINT INSURANCE FUND

The Mid-Jersey Joint Insurance Fund is a form of grouped self-insurance among 12 New Jersey municipalities including Montgomery. Their representatives meet approximately every 6 weeks to discuss and arrange for their mutual liability and workers compensation insurance coverage needs.

Membership: Consists of Township staff only.

LANDMARKS COMMISSION

Contact: landmarks@twp.montgomery.nj.us

The Landmarks Preservation Commission shall have the following powers and duties:

a. To adopt and promulgate such regulations and procedures as are necessary and proper for the effective and efficient performance of the duties herein assigned.

b. To complete a survey of historic sites and historic districts in Montgomery Township and to prepare a list and official map of said historic sites and districts which shall then be referred to the Planning Board for inclusion in the Master Plan pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55d-28(b). The list and official map shall also be referred to the Montgomery Township Committee for adoption and inclusion in the Zoning Map and the Land Development Ordinance as a Landmarks Preservation Overlay Zone.

c. To keep a register of all properties and structures that have been designated as historic sites or historic districts, including all information required for each designation. To advise and assist owners of historic sites and property or structures within historic districts on physical and financial aspects of preservation, renovation, rehabilitation and re-use and on procedures for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

d. To provide information and advice concerning all proposed National Register nominations for properties that come within the jurisdiction of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and to provide assistance to people who may wish to secure national or state historic recognition.

e. To hold public hearings and to review applications for construction, alteration, removal or demolition affecting proposed or designated historic sites within historic districts in accordance with the provision of subsection 1613.16 of Chapter 16. Applicants may be required to submit plans, drawings, elevations, specifications, and such other information as may be necessary for the Commission to make informed decisions upon said applications.

f. To consider applications for Certificates of Hardship pursuant to subsection 16-13.16 of Chapter 16.

g. To develop specific design guidelines for the alteration, construction, or removal of landmarks or property and structures within historic districts.

h. Subject to the amount appropriated by the Township Committee for the Commission’s use, to call upon available Township staff members as well as other experts for technical advice.

i. Subject to the amount appropriated by the Township Committee for the Commission’s use, to retain such specialists or consultants and/or to appoint such citizen advisory committees as may be required from time to time;

j. To amend from time to time as circumstances warrant the Landmark Designation List and Historic Preservation Map for the Township.

k. To advise the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment on matters affecting historically and architecturally significant property, structures and areas.

1. At its discretion, to confer recognition upon the owners of landmarks or properties or structures within historic districts by means of certificates, plaques, or markers.

m. To collect and assemble materials on the importance of historic preservation and specific techniques for achieving same.

n. Report at least annually to the Township Committee on the state of historic preservation in the Township and to recommend measures to improve same.

o. To undertake any other action or activity necessary or appropriate for the implementation of its powers and duties pursuant to this section or to the implementation of the purposes of this section.

Membership: Members of the Landmarks Commission are resident volunteers appointed by the Mayor.

Meetings: The Landmarks Commission generally meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM in the Large Conference Room (MR). Please check the upcoming monthly meetings calendar for specific date and time.

Contact:landmarks@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Video:https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/08162017-785

<strong>Additional Info or Webpages: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/planning/

LICENSE APPEALS BOARD

The License Appeals Board meets once a month, on the third Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. to hear appeals of Private Alarm System suspensions. The Board hears said appeals and then makes decisions concerning whether the suspensions should stand or not.

Membership: Consists of three resident volunteers appointed by the Township Committee.

Meetings: The License Appeals Board generally meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Upper Conference Room (MR).  Please check the upcoming monthly meetings calendar for specific date and time.

Contact: mcrawford@twp.montgomery.nj.us

MONTGOMERY/ROCKY HILL MUNICIPAL ALLIANCE – YOUTH SERVICES COMMISSION

The Montgomery Township/ Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance and Youth Services Commission are two distinct functions served by one group of volunteers.

The Municipal Alliance serves as the official township coordinating body for alcohol and drug abuse prevention. The committee’s activities include: programs to reduce alcoholism and drug abuse; community awareness efforts and educational programs to deter alcoholism and drug abuse; and serving as an open forum for discussion of solutions to the problems of alcoholism and drug abuse. Programs include Red Ribbon Month speakers and activities, Safe Homes and other programs in the schools and community.

The Youth Services Commission is charged with the task of determining youths at risk in order to assess their needs and develop programs and services to meet these needs. The focus of the Commission is identifying the needs of our troubled youth and developing solutions. Programs include the many activities of TREND at Montgomery High School.

Heathy Communities, Heathy Youth is the latest initiative of the group. Our programs that address drug and alcohol issues and building a strong, nurturing community for our youth include: Girls on the Run/Girls on Track, Kids on the Move, Middle School Movie Nights, Montgomery & Rocky Hill’s Night Off, Montgomery Night at the Somerset Patriots, Peer Leadership, Red Ribbon Week, Red Ribbon at the Senior Center, Search Institute Partnership, Stress Reduction Toolbox, Safe Homes, Transition to High School

The Municipal Alliance and Youth Services Commission is made up of a diverse group of volunteers who care about youth and our community. The volunteers represent our parents, civic clubs, municipal officials, school teachers, counselors and administrators. Volunteers are appointed by the Township Committee for one-year terms, which may be renewed.

The Municipal Alliance and Youth Services Commission welcomes and actively seeks members who are residents and community professionals of Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill Borough.

Members are appointed by the Montgomery Township Committee.

Meetings:  The Alliance generally meets on the 2nd Monday of January, March, May, September, and October at 7:30 pm at the Otto Kaufman Community Center. Please check the upcoming monthly meetings calendar for specific date and time.

Contact: municipalalliance@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Video: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/08172017-1193

OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE

In the face of development pressures, the preservation of areas of open space is vital to the provisions of recreational opportunities for the enjoyment of present and future generations of Montgomery Township residents and to the preservation of Montgomery Township’s rich farming heritage. The Township Committee, therefore, deemed it desirable and necessary that a Committee be formed to aid in the acquisition of open space in Montgomery Township.

The duties of the Open Space Committee are as follows:

a. Make recommendations to the governing body on whether lands proposed for dedication for stream corridors, general open space or farmland preservation shall be accepted or approved by the Township Committee.

b. Seek on behalf of the Township, opportunities for the acquisition of open space and stream corridors, and for bringing participants into the Farmland Preservation Program in accordance with priorities established by the Township Committee.

c. Interact with other boards, committees, commissions in the Township in coordinating recommendations for the acquisition of open space and stream corridors, and the development of Farmland Preservation Program participants.

d. Assist, as may be needed, in the implementation of open space, stream, corridor and farmland preservation programs established or approved by the Township Committee.

e. Perform such other duties as, from time to time, may be assigned by the Township Committee.

Members of the Open Space Committee are appointed by the Mayor.

Meetings: The Open Space Committee generally meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM in the Large Conference Room (MR), with the Pathways Committee to follow.

Contact: lwasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Video: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/08182017-529

Additional Info or Webpages: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/planning/parks-pathways/

PLANNING BOARD

The Planning Board shall have the powers listed below in addition to other powers established by law:

a. Make, adopt and, from time to time, amend a Master Plan for the physical development of the Township, including any areas outside its boundaries which, in the Board’s judgment, bear essential relationship to the planning of the Township.

b. Administer the Subdivision and Site Plan Review provisions of the Land Development Ordinance in accordance with the applicable provisions of said ordinance.
c. Hear and decide applications for conditional uses in accordance with the applicable provisions of this chapter.

d. Participate in the preparation and review of programs or plans required by State or Federal law or regulation.

e. Assemble data on a continuing basis as part of a continuous planning process.

f. Annually, at the request of the Township Committee, prepare a program of municipal capital improvements projects projected over a term of six (6) years and recommend same to the Township Committee.

g. Consider and report to the Township Committee within thirty-five (35) days after referral as to any proposed development regulation submitted to it and also pass upon other matters specifically referred to the Planning Board by the Township Committee.

h. Whenever the proposed development requires approval of a subdivision, site plan or conditional use, but not a variance pursuant to subsection 16-7.2d. of Chapter 16 (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70[d]), to grant to the same extent and subject to the same restrictions as the Zoning Board of Adjustment:
1. Variances pursuant to subsection 16-7.2c. of Chapter 16 (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70 [c ]).
2. Direction pursuant to subsection 16-7.2f. I of Chapter 16 (NA.S.A. 40:55D-34) for issuance of a permit for a building or structure in the bed of a mapped street or public drainage way, flood control basin or public area reserved pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-32.
3. Direction pursuant to subsection 16-7.2f.2 of Chapter 16 (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-36) for issuance of a permit for a building or structure not related to a street. Whenever relief is requested pursuant to this section, notice of the hearing on the application for development shall include reference to the request for a variance, or direction for issuance of a permit, as the case may be. The developer may elect to submit a separate application requesting approval of the variance or direction of the issuance of a permit, and a subsequent application for any required approval for a subdivision, site plan, or conditional use. The separate approval of the variance or direction of the issuance of a permit, shall be conditioned upon grant of all required subsequent approvals by the Planning Board. No such subsequent approval shall be granted unless the approval can be granted without substantial detriment to the public good and without substantial impairment of the intent and purpose of the zone plan and the zoning provisions of Chapter 16 (Land Use Chapter).

Planning Board Subcommittees, whose members are appointed by the Planning Board, are:

1. SITE PLAN/SUBDIVISION SUBCOMMITTEE

2. MASTER PLAN/LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE UPDATE COMMITTEE

Members of the Planning Board are appointed by the Mayor with Township Committee consent.

Meetings: The Planning Board generally meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, when there are agenda items to be heard. Please check the upcoming monthly meetings calendar for specific date and time.

Contact: planning@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Video: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/08172017-1195

Additional Info or Webpages: Planning Board & Zoning Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes

and Planning Dept. webpages

P.L.A.Y.

The P.L.A.Y (Panel of Leagues for Adults and Youth) Committee was established to promote youth and adult athletic activities in the Township and to facilitate coordination and sharing of facilities. We also promote safe play and sportsmanship through training of managers, coaches and volunteers, as well as research and recommend new athletic programs in the Township.

RECREATION COMMITTEE

The Recreation Committee provides advice and assistance to the Recreation Director in the planning, coordination, and implementation of a balanced recreation program for the Township. To this end, a primary function of the Committee is to connect with Township residents from various community organizations and work to engage them in the planning process and, when appropriate, incorporate them into established programs. The Recreation Committee also periodically reevaluates the Township Recreation Master Plan and makes recommendations to the Township Committee.

Membership: Members of the Recreation Committee include resident volunteers, the Recreation Director, and a Township Committee liaison.  They are appointed by the Township Committee.

Meetings: The Recreation Committee generally meets the 2nd Tuesday of January, March, June, September, and October at 7:00 PM in the Otto Kaufman Community Center (CC).  Please check the upcoming monthly meetings calendar for specific date and time.

Contact: recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Video: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/08042017-551

Additional Info or Website: recreation.montgomery.nj.us

SEWER COMMITTEE

The Sewer Committee may provide advice to the Township Committee on matters pertaining to Chapter 12 – “Sewer Rate and Regulation Ordinance of the Township of Montgomery”.

Membership: This Committee consists of the following members – the Mayor, the Township Administrator, the Township Attorney, the Township Engineer, the Superintendent of Public Works, the Director of Wastewater Operations, and the Chairpersons of the Planning Board, Board of Health, and Environmental Commission. They may be assisted by consultants as needed. Members of the Sewer Committee are appointed by the Township Committee.

SHADE TREE COMMITTEE

Charged with preservation of patriarch trees and long standing hedgerows to the extent reasonably possible and the planting of new trees to enhance the quality of life of residents of the Township. The Township Committee deemed it desirable and necessary, that a committee be formed to provide on-going advice to Township residents and officials concerning the planting, care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees.

The Shade Tree Committee is charged with the planting, care and preservation of public trees. It advises the Township in matters relating to tree policy, including review of development applications.

The committee collaborates with the Parks Department, scouts, local businesses, and other Township committees on a variety of environmental and education projects.

Shade Tree Committee members are appointed by the Township Committee.

Meetings: The committee meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Large Conference Room (MR). Please check the upcoming monthly meetings calendar for specific date and time.

Contact: shadetreecommittee@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Video: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/08172017-1203

Additional Info or Webpages: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/elected-officials/township-committee/shade-tree-committee/

STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION TEAM

The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Team consists of Township staff charged under NJ’s Stormwater Management regulations with oversight of Montgomery’s responsibilities in this area.  You may report any possible stormwater violations or pollution you observe to 908-281-6525.

VETERANS MEMORIAL COMMITTEE

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee was formed to advise the township on the creation and maintenance of appropriate tributes to those Montgomery residents who have served our nation in times of war. The Montgomery Veterans Memorial is a lasting and living memorial dedicated for this cause.  Located at Montgomery Veterans Park, the Memorial serves as a suitable site for contemplation and awareness of the sacrifices of others, as well as for public gatherings for patriotic observances at various times throughout the year.  Among the events the Committee currently organizes annually at the Memorial site are a Memorial Day Observance and the Veterans Day Ceremony.

Membership: Members of the MVMC are appointed by the Township Committee.

Meetings: The MVMC generally meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Large Conference Room (MR). Please check the upcoming monthly meetings calendar for specific date and time.

Contact: mvmc@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Video: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/08172017-1199

Additional Info or Website:  www.montgomeryveteransmemorial.org

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

Planning Board & Zoning Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes

The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall have the power to:

a. Error or Refusal. Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged by the applicant that there is an error in any order, requirement, decision or refusal made by a Township official based on or made in the enforcement of the zoning provisions of this chapter.

b. Exceptions or Interpretations. Hear and decide requests for interpretation of the Zoning Map or the zoning provisions of this chapter or for decisions upon other special questions upon which the Board is authorized to pass by any zoning provisions of this chapter or by any duly adopted Official Map.

c. General Bulk Variances.

1. Where: (a) by reason of exceptional narrowness, shallowness or shape of a specific piece of property; or (b) by reason of exceptional topographic conditions or physical features uniquely affecting a specific piece of property; or (c) by reason of an extraordinary and exceptional situation uniquely affecting a specific piece of property or the structures lawfully existing thereon, the strict application of any regulation of this chapter would result in peculiar and exceptional practical difficulties to, or exceptional and undue hardship upon the developer of such property, grant, upon an application or an appeal relating to such property, a variance from such strict application of such regulation so as to relieve such difficulties or hardship;

2. Where, in an application or appeal relating to a specific piece of property the purposes of this chapter would be advanced by a deviation from the zoning requirements and the benefits of the deviation would substantially outweigh any detriment, grant a variance to allow departure from such zoning requirements; provided, however, that no variance from those departures enumerated in subsection 16-7.2d. hereinbelow (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70[d]) shall be granted under this subsection; and provided further, that the proposed development does not require approval by the Planning Board of a subdivision, site plan or conditional use in conjunction with which the Planning Board has power to review a request for a variance pursuant to subsection 16-7.5h. of this chapter. (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-60 [a]).

d. Use Variance, Variances from Conditional Use Standards, and Major Specific Bulk Variances. In particular cases and for special reasons, grant a variance to allow departure from the zoning provisions of this chapter to permit: (1) a use or principal structure in a district restricted against such use or principal structure; (2) an expansion of a nonconforming use; (3) deviation from a particular specification or standard set forth in this chapter as pertaining solely to a conditional use; (4) an increase in the permitted floor area ratio as defined in section 16-2 of this chapter and in N.J.S.A. 40:55D4; (5) an increase in the permitted density as defined in section 16-4 or section 16-6 of this chapter, as the case may be, and in N.J.S.A. 40:55D-4, except as applied to the required lot area for a lot or lots for detached one (I ) or two (2) dwelling unit buildings, which lot or lots are either an isolated undersized lot or lots resulting from a minor subdivision, in which event applications would be made pursuant to subsection 16-7.2c. hereinabove. A variance under this subsection shall be granted only by affirmative vote of at least five (5) members of the Board.

A variance under this subsection shall expire if no construction, alteration or conversion relative to the nonconforming use has been commenced within one (1) year of the date of the Board’s decision to grant the variance. For variances granted prior to the effective date of this subsection, the one (1) year period shall commence as of the effective date of this subsection. For variances which become the subject of litigation, the one (1) year period shall commence on the date of the last reviewing court’s decision to grant the variance. For good cause shown, and after a hearing before the Board on notice in the manner required for original variance applications, the Board may extend the variance by resolution. Any extension may not exceed one (1) year in duration and no more than four (4) extensions shall be permitted. To receive consideration, an application for extension of a variance shall be made prior to the expiration of the time limit sought to be extended.

e. General Provisions. No variance or other relief may be granted under the terms of this section unless such variance or other relief can be granted without substantial detriment to the public good and will not substantially impair the intent and purpose of the zone plan and the zoning provisions of this chapter. In respect of any airport hazard areas delineated under the “Air Safety and Hazardous Zoning Act of 1983” (N.J.S.A. 6:1-80 et seq.), no variance or other relief may be granted under the terms of this section permitting the creation or establishment of a nonconforming use which would be prohibited under the standards promulgated pursuant to that act, except upon issuance of a permit by the Commissioner of Transportation. An application under this section may be referred to any appropriate person or agency, other than the Planning Board, for its report; provided that such reference shall not extend the period of time within which the Zoning Board of Adjustment shall act.

f. Other Powers. The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall have such other powers as prescribed by law.

Membership: Members of the Zoning Board are appointed by the Township Committee.

Meetings: The Zoning Board generally meets the 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM in the Courtroom.

Contact: planning@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Video: https://montgomerynj.swagit.com/play/08172017-1201

Additional Info or Website: Planning Board & Zoning Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes
and Planning Dept. webpages

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MAYORAL AD HOC COMMITTEES

BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE (AD HOC)

Budget and Finance Advisory Committee (“BFAC”) was established in January 2002 by the office the Mayor as an ad hoc committee.  The Township Committee relies on BFAC to provide independent advice on financial issues of the town both as finance professionals and local taxpayers. As examples, the Committee has given advice on recruiting qualified department talent, financial advisors or consultants, and on financial best practices.

Membership: Members of the Budget and Finance Committee consists of 2 to 5 citizen volunteers (mostly with finance background), the Township Administrator, Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) and professional consultants as appropriate.  These may include the financial advisor, bond counsel, and auditor.

Meetings: Periodically as needed.

Contact: finance@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Additional Info or Website: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/finance/budget/

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE (AD HOC)

The Communications Committee assesses and advises on how communications between the Township and public can be continuously improved to ensure the Townshi is keeping the public as informed as possible regarding governance processes and significant decisions affecting the Township. Accordingly, the Committee provides advice on communications content for relevance and clarity of information to the public, the appropriate channel mix for communication delivery (e.g., township committee meetings, town halls or special events, e-mail or print newsletters, mobile text alerts, social media presence, website, etc.), and considerations on timing and frequency within the limits of the Township communications resources and budget.

Membership: Members of the Communications Ad Hoc Committee consist of 3 to 5 resident volunteers who are appointed by the Mayor, as well as the Township Administrator and Community Information Officer.

Meetings: The Communications Committee generally meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Courtroom. Please check the upcoming monthly meetings calendar for specific date and time.

Contact: tgaraffa@twp.montgomery.nj.us

TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (AD HOC)

The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) helps the Township Committee and development boards find achievable solutions to traffic problems in the Township. Members must have knowledge of or experience in transportation-related endeavors, familiarity with the Master Plan, and the ability to prioritize the interest of all Township residents. The Committee helps identify current problems, anticipate future issues, study traffic circulation, investigate grant opportunities, and propose solutions.

Membership: Members include volunteer residents, the Township Administrator, Township Engineer, a Police Traffic Safety Bureau representative, a Township Committee liaison, and a Planning Board representative.  This board is appointed by the Township Committee.

Meetings: Wednesday mornings 8:30 AM, quarterly, as called by the Township Engineer.

Contact: engineering@twp.montgomery.nj.us

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (AD HOC)

The Wildlife Management Committee’s primary objective is to keep Montgomery’s open space “green” in a safe and responsible manner by keeping the deer population at reasonable numbers in relation to the land’s carrying capacity. A secondary objective is to investigate other alternatives to help control the deer population on privately owned properties within the township.

Membership: This Committee includes resident volunteers, participants in the Wildlife Management Program, members of the Township Clerks Office and the Open Space Coordinator, who administer the program.

Meetings: Meets as needed.

Contact: wildlifecommittee@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Additional Info or Website: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/clerk/deer-management-program/