|Land Use Administration
The Township of Denville's Land Use Administration falls under two separate boards.
|973-625-8300 ext. 246|
|Office Hours 8-4 M-F|
The Planning Board members include the Mayor and eight members assigned by the Mayor. Scheduled meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
The Planning Board reviews and acts on applications for subdivision approval, non-residential site plan approval and conditional use approval. If the application for conditional use involves a variance, the application is referred to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The applications are reviewed and a decision is based upon the zoning ordinances established by the Township in accordance with the goals stated in the Denville Master Plan. It is the Board's chief goal to guide the use of lands within the municipality in a manner which protects and maintains the public health, safety and general welfare of the community.
The Zoning Board of Adjustment consists of seven regular members and two alternates. These positions are held by volunteers and are appointed by the Council. Scheduled meetings take place on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
The Zoning Board of Adjustment reviews applications which propose to utilize property in a manner not consistent with municipal zoning laws. They review applications for variances which are, essentially, non-permitted uses and the Board of Adjustment is empowered to grant exceptions to the zoning ordinances in cases where the literal and rigid interpretation and enforcement of the zoning laws would work hardship or injustice. These "non-permitted uses" are based upon the zoning ordinances established by the Township in accordance with the goals stated in the Denville's Master Plan. It is the Board's chief goal to set forth safety and welfare of the community with the objective of conserving the value of property and encouraging the most appropriate use of land throughout the Township. A simple definition would be the Board "adjusts zoning" for specific applications, circumstances and pieces of property. Buildings, structures and businesses of various types are limited to specific zones. These zones are regulated with respect to category, nature and extent of use, along with specific plot sizes, required building setbacks, lot coverage and other regulations.