OFFICE OF PLANNING AND ZONING
The Planning Department is committed to providing excellent customer service and consistent policy advice to assist in understanding and addressing key community issues and priorities. We work toward implementing the Master Plan to attain the community's future vision, encouraging citizen participation in the planning process, assuring a firm and expedient approval and permitting process, and promoting the principles of smart growth.
This office supports The Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Site Plan/Subdivision Committee, Development Review Committee, and Master Plan Committee . To view Montgomery Twp.'s Master Plan, go to 'planning reports' in menu on left.
This office accepts all applications for:
There is only one general document used for these above applications, which is now available with instructions as a PDF (link below):
This office also accepts all correspondence on behalf of any of the above Boards and Committees.
On file at the office are the applications, plans, correspondence, minutes of the meetings and any other information that may pertain to the Boards or Committees. Much of this information is available to the general public.
Planning Board Mtg. Dates for 2013
7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2261 Van Horne Road (Route 206), Belle Mead, New Jersey. Special work sessions scheduled periodically will be noticed as required upon scheduling. Formal action may be taken. All interested persons may attend and be heard. Please call ahead to confirm - 908-359-8211 ext. 236.
Site Plan/Subdivision Mtg. Dates for 2013
7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2261 Van Horne Road (Route 206), Belle Mead, New Jersey. Special work sessions scheduled periodically will be noticed as required upon scheduling. All interested persons may attend those portions of the meeting that the applicant is being heard. Please call ahead to confirm - 908-359-8211 ext. 236.
A zoning permit is a requirement for most activities requiring a building permit and some other additional activities (see 2nd paragraph below). Click on the following link to download the zoning permit application form (PDF document):
The Zoning Division is charged with the enforcement of the Montgomery Township Land Development Ordinance (LDO) and resolutions of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment. This enforcement is done in cooperation with all other Township Departments.
Zoning reviews building permits prior to their review by the Construction Department. We also review and issue permits for projects, which do not necessarily require building permits, such as on grade patios, walkways, driveway expansion, temporary signs, sidewalk sales and home occupations. All applications to the Planning and Zoning Boards are reviewed prior to hearings.
Zoning is also the source of information for any questions citizens and interested parties may have about the Land Development Ordinance or resolutions. The Zoning Officer is authorized to interpret the LDO, although the Zoning Board of Adjustment can overrule the Zoning Officer's interpretation if an application is made to the Board and a compelling argument is presented.
Zoning Board Mtg Dates for 2013
7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2261 Van Horne Road (Route 206) Belle Mead, New Jersey, but provided further that the Zoning Board will ordinarily meet on one date per month with the other scheduled meeting date to be utilized only as may be necessary for special circumstances. Please call ahead to confirm - 908-359-8211 ext. 236.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What zone is my property in?
What is the minimum lot size and setbacks
for my property?
Are you allowed to run a home business out of your home?
Do I need a permit to place a patio, fence or shed on my property?
Information on Conservation Easements
Montgomery Township is committed to preserving and protecting environmentally sensitive lands, including wetlands, stream corridors, and woodlands, and has widely utilized the Conservation Easement as the means to protect these areas. Conservation Easements can be as small as a 20-foot buffer on the back of a residential lot or as large as a 200-acre farm. Each Conservation Easement, taken together, forms a large, contiguous system of protected land throughout the Township that is extremely important in providing clean air and clean water, reducing the frequency and intensity of local stream flooding, and maintaining plant and animal diversity.
A Conservation Easement is a permanent, legally binding document that is recorded as a Deed of Conservation Easement in the office of the clerk in Somerset County. The agreement is binding on both present and future owners of the property; so you may have a conservation easement on your property and not realize it. The property owner is responsible to maintain the terms of the easement, and the easement holder, typically the Township, is responsible for ensuring the easement is not violated.
If you think a Conservation Easement may have been violated, please contact the Zoning Officer at 908-359-8211.
For more information on the benefits of conservation easements and the typical Do's and Don'ts click here - Conservation Easements
To learn about "Caring for Backyard Conservation Buffers", click here - SBMWA Guide
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