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


 **PLEASE NOTE** The application for Elite Properties at Scotch Plains LLC, App. 20-11, 1770-1772 and 1774-1778 East Second Street, Block 1201, Lots 21 and 22, will continue at the May 24, 2021 meeting.


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 Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. will be held by online/virtual means and telephonically only. In addition to the regular business as outlined in the agenda, the following application will be heard: 725-735 Jerusalem, LLC who is seeking Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval with any variance or other relief for property located at 725-735 Jerusalem Road, Block 6201, Lots 13, 14.01 & 16.02, Jerusalem Road Redevelopment Area. The applicant is proposing to construct 47 residential units consisting of 29 townhouses and 18 flats, including 9 affordable units. The agenda for the meeting on April 12, 2021 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


If any difficulty is encountered with the link, the information to access manually when prompted is:


Meeting ID: 854 3592 8099

Password: 350377


If unable to access by computer as noted above, the meeting can be joined by telephone by dialing 1 646 558 8656 and entering the above noted Meeting ID and information as 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 2021 are:

Class IV members

Joseph Doyle, Planning Board Chair

Jeffrey Strauss, Planning Board Vice Chair

James Checchio, Secretary

Paulette Coronato

Michael Plotnick

Ryan Teicher



Matthew Adams, Alternate 1

Alfonse Akins, Alternate 2


Annual Appointments

Joshua G. Losardo, Mayor

Roshan "Roc" White, Councilmember

Robert LaCosta

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.


Due to Covid-19, all meetings will take place on Zoom for the foreseeable future. 


* 01-11-21 7:30 p.m.
01-25-21 7:30 p.m. 
02-08-21  7:30 p.m. 
** 02-22-21  7:30 p.m. 
03-08-21  7:30 p.m. 
03-22-21  7:30 p.m. 
04-12-21  7:30 p.m. 
04-26-21  7:30 p.m. 
05-10-21  7:30 p.m. 
05-24-21  7:30 p.m. 
06-14-21  7:30 p.m. 
06-28-21  7:30 p.m. 
07-12-21  7:30 p.m. 
07-26-21  7:30 p.m. 
09-13-21  7:30 p.m. 
09-27-21  7:30 p.m. 
10-13-21  7:30 p.m. 
10-25-21  7:30 p.m. 
11-08-21  7:30 p.m. 
11-22-21  7:30 p.m. 
12-13-21  7:30 p.m. 
* 01-10-22  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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