Land Use Board

120 Filmore Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Phone: (908) 454-5500, Ext. 439
email : Kelly Lefler, Secretary

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Board Formation:

On December 28, 1976 the Phillipsburg Town Council adopted Ordinance No. O:76-16 for the establishment of a town Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment pursuant to PL 1975, c. 291 in compliance with the State of New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law [MLUL] NJSA 40:55D.

Excerpts of this ordinance detailing the composition and terms of the board can be seen by clicking here:  Chapter 360 – Town Code

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The Land Use Board (Often referred to as the ‘Planning Board’) has a wide range of responsibilities among which is the responsibility of making  important decisions regarding development and safety within our town. The Land Use Board is directly responsible for generating and updating the Town’s Master Plan, and is involved in developing and implementing broad land use policies for guiding the growth of the municipality. An integral part of a municipality’s decision making process is the Master Plan. Without the land use element of the Master Plan, a municipality cannot have a valid Zoning Ordinance.

The Land Use Board has specific authorities over subdivision control and site plan review, the Official Map, Zoning Ordinances and Capital Improvements Program. Moreover, it has been vested with quasi-judicial power in that when reviewing subdivision and site plan applications, it can decide “Variances” and establish procedures for the review of such applications.

The Land Use Board may also become involved in the review of other State or Federal programs or plans, assemble data for planning purposes and perform other advisory duties as assigned to it by the Governing Body, to aid them in the planning process.

The Board is responsible to hear appeals for “adjustments” in specific cases, whereby an applicant’s proposal does not and cannot meet the requirements of the zoning ordinance. This Board will also hear and decide appeals, where it is alleged by an applicant that there is an error in any order, requirement, decision or refusal made by the Zoning Officer, based upon or made in the enforcement of the zoning ordinance.

The variances granted by this Board are based upon the review of the application as it relates to a specific property, when the strict application of the regulation will impose difficulties or hardship to the applicant, through no fault of his own. No variance or other relief may be granted unless it can be so done without substantial detriment to the public good and will not substantially impair the intent and purpose of the zone plan and zoning ordinance.

Name Term Expires Name Term Expires
Todd Tersigni, Mayor 12/31/2023 Robert Fulper, Council VP 12/31/2021
Robert Bengivenga, BA 12/31/2021 James Hanisak 12/31/2023
John Penrose 12/31/2023 William Duffy, Chairman 12/31/2024
Keith Zwicker, Vice Chair 12/31/2024 Savario Samarelli 12/31/2024
Bernard Brotzman 13/31/2024 John Turnbull, Alt. 1 12/31/2022
Bernard Rooney, Alt. 2 12/31/2021
Land Use Secretary  Kelly Lefler (Interim)
Land Use Attorney    Scott Wilhelm
Land Use Engineer Stanley Schrek
911 Coordinator Travis Zechman
Fire Chief   Rich Hay

REGULAR MEETING 4/22/2021, 7-10pm

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Meeting ID: 885 0262 6195                           Passcode: pburg

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Upcoming Events

  1. Town Council Sewer Meeting

    May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. Town Council Meeting

    May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Land Use Board Meeting

    May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm