Planning Board

Shannon Rapant


(908) 322-6700, ext. 307

The Planning Board is responsible under state statute for preparing and adopting a Township Master Plan (see below) and for reviewing any and all land use development within the Township of Scotch Plains, including alterations/additions to the schools, utilities and municipal agencies. The Planning Board is charged with approving all subdivisions, site plans, planned development applications and conditional uses which conform to Township land use ordinances. The Planning Board is also responsible for reviewing all ordinances proposed by the Township Council that deal with land use.

Meeting Notes

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens and consistent with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq., through standards promulgated by the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs, and Executive Orders 103 and 107, the regular meeting of the Planning Board of the Township of Scotch Plains scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. will be held by online/virtual means and telephonically only.  

The following application will be heard:  Black Drop Coffee, LLC/Melody DeGaetano, 431 Park Avenue, Block 1501, Lot 4, B-2 Zone, who is proposing to convert the existing retail space (approx. 1,400 sq ft) to a twenty-four seat restaurant (including 4 employees) and extend a sign 3 feet from the front façade of the building.  The agenda for the meeting on October 14, 2020 will be posted on the Township of Scotch Plains Website.  Members of the public who wish to monitor and/or participate in the public meeting may join from a computer or capable device at:  

Join Zoom Meeting  

Meeting ID: 832 1257 1932 

Password: 064264 


or join by telephone by dialing 1 646 558 8656 and entering the above noted Meeting ID when prompted.


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Board Members and Alternates

The Planning Board is made up of nine members and two alternate members who are all appointed by the Mayor. In addition, the Planning Board hires its own consultants at the beginning of each year when it reorganizes. Members and alternates for 2020 are:

Class IV members

James Checchio

Paulette Coronato

Joseph Doyle, Chairman

Richard Fortunato, Secretary

Jeffrey Strauss, Vice Chairman

Raymond Szpond



Joseph Policay, Alternate 1


Annual Appointments

Robert LaCosta

Josh Losardo, Deputy Mayor

Al Smith, Mayor

Scotch Plains Zoning Map

SP Zoning Map 2015.tif
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Meeting Schedule

Regular meetings of the Planning Board are held at Municipal Hall, 430 Park Avenue, Council Chambers, 7:30 PM on the following days unless otherwise indicated:


* 01-13-20 7:30 p.m.
01-27-20 7:30 p.m. 
** 02-10-20 7:30 p.m. 
** 02-24-20 7:30 p.m.
03-09-20 7:30 p.m.
** 03-23-20 7:30 p.m.
** 04-13-20 7:30 p.m.
** 04-27-20 7:30 p.m.
** 05-11-20 7:30 p.m.
** 05-27-20 7:30 p.m.
06-08-20 7:30 p.m.
06-22-20 7:30 p.m.
07-13-20 7:30 p.m.
07-27-20 7:30 p.m.
09-14-20 7:30 p.m.
09-30-20 7:30 p.m.
10-14-20 7:30 p.m.
10-26-20 7:30 p.m.
11-09-20 7:30 p.m.
11-25-20 7:30 p.m.
12-14-20 7:30 p.m. 
* 01-11-21 7:30 p.m.

* Reorganizational meeting

** Meeting cancelled

Master Plan

The Master Plan is comprised of a report or statement of land use and development proposals with maps, diagrams and text presenting a statement of objectives, principles, assumptions, policies and standards upon which constituent proposals for the physical, economic, and social development of the municipality are based; a land use plan element taking into account and stating its relationship to the statement above and other Master Plan elements provided for and natural conditions, including but not necessarily limited to topography, soil conditions, water supply, drainage, flood plain areas, marshes and woodlands; showing the existing and proposed location, extent and intensity of development of land to be used in the future for varying types of residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational, educational, and other public and private purposes or combination of purposes and stating the relationship thereof to the existing and any proposed zone plan and any proposed zone plan and the zoning ordinance; and showing the existing and proposed location of any airports and the boundaries of any airport safety zones delineated; and including a statement of the standards of population density and development intensity recommended for the municipality. The Master Plan which is reviewed every seven years is re-examined at intervals within that time period. The Planning Board holds a public hearing before the adoption of or amendments to the Master Plan by the Township Council.

Master Plan Report 2007
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Master Plan Reexamination Report 2016
Master Plan Reexamination Report_Decembe
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.4 MB

Preliminary Investigation Report for the Tier 1, Phase 1 Redevelopment

Under Separate Cover Documents for Preliminary Investigation Report

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