Planning And Zoning


Current Planning & Zoning Board Members:

Chairman – Frank Cipolone
Vice Chair - to be determined
Board member – Jim Giles
Board member - Bruce Darrow
Board member – Kimberly Meehan
Board member – Christine Rubino
Board member - (Alternate) - Marie MacAdams
Board member - (Alternate) Joseph Klepka
Council Representative – Mike Mevoli
Board Secretary – Maria Branson
      Solicitor - Andrew Viola  

All meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm.

Exhibit B Redevelopment Study Map 

For a copy of the Preliminary Investigation Report: Please email Maria Branson at taxcollector@brooklawn-nj.com

BOROUGH OF BROOKLAWN
PLANNING BOARD

NOTICE OF HEARING TO CONSIDER
THE DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN PROPERTIES
AS “IN NEED OF REDEVELOPMENT”
PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-6


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Planning Board of the Borough of Brooklawn will conduct a Public Hearing on June 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. by means of a Zoom video conference.
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The purpose of this public hearing will be to enable the Planning Board to accomplish its statutory obligation to undertake a preliminary investigation as to whether or not to recommend that Block 117, Lots 95, 96, 97, 98 and 99; Block 120, Lots 51, 52, 53, 54 and 55; and Block 121, Lots 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, as shown on the Borough Official Tax Map, be designated as “areas in need of redevelopment,” pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-6 et. seq.

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, in the case of Harrison Redevelopment Agency vs. DeRose, 398 N.J. Super. 361 (App. Div. 2008), announced the standard for notice of the “in need of redevelopment” designation for condemnation cases. In order to assure compliance with the notice requirements of the Harrison case, the Planning Board is issuing this Notice to the affected property owners and the public in fulfillment of the requirement that comprehensive notice be given of this public hearing.

N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et. seq. is also known as “The Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.” This Law provides municipalities with certain powers to assist them in redeveloping areas and properties within its boundaries. The Planning Board has been asked to examine whether these properties meet the statutory criteria to be designated as “areas in need of redevelopment.” This is the first step in a process that could give the Borough the power to acquire, if necessary, these properties through the use of eminent domain. Therefore, what is commonly known as a condemnation action could be brought by the Borough to acquire these properties for the purposes described in the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.

The redevelopment process consists of several phases including the “determination of need” phase and the “redevelopment plan” phase. The “determination of need” phase involves an investigation of the targeted sites and a determination as to whether the conditions in the target areas meet the criteria set forth in State Law allowing the Borough to redevelop that area. The Planning Board has been asked by formal resolution of the Borough Council of the Borough of Brooklawn to perform a study to determine if the conditions are present at the subject properties that meet the criteria contained in the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law for these properties to be deemed “in need of redevelopment.” The hearing which will occur on June 24, 2020 before the Planning Board is part of the “determination of need” phase.


Please note that if the Planning Board determines these properties to be an area in need of redevelopment, this will be the first step in a redevelopment determination that will establish a “Condemnation Redevelopment Area,” which shall authorize the Borough of Brooklawn to exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire property in the delineated area.

Persons who are interested in, or would be affected by, a Resolution of the Planning Board recommending the adoption by the Borough Council of the Borough of Brooklawn of a Resolution designating of the above listed properties to be “in need of redevelopment” are strongly encouraged to attend this hearing and state your opinions concerning such action. Furthermore, it is suggested that any objections to the adoption of such a Resolution by the Planning Board be filed, in writing, to the Planning Board prior to the hearing.

Please be advised that if the Planning Board adopts a Resolution recommending the adoption by the Borough Council of the Borough of Brooklawn of a Resolution designating of the above listed properties to be “in need of redevelopment,” any person desiring to challenge the adoption of this Resolution must do so by filing an action in lieu of prerogative writ in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Camden County within 45 days after its adoption by the Planning Board of the Borough of Brooklawn. Otherwise, a citizen may lose their legal right to challenge the validity of the action of the Planning Board.

A map showing the extent of the area described above is on file in the Planning Board Office at the Brooklawn Municipal Building. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the map will be available for inspection prior to the hearing by special appointment only. Interested persons wishing to view the map may do so by contacting the Planning Board Secretary, Maria Branson, at 856-456-0750 Extension 104 on weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or via email at taxcollector@brooklawn-nj.com to make an appointment.

Anyone who is interested in, or such as you who would be affected by the adoption of a Resolution recommending the adoption by the Borough Council of the Borough of Brooklawn of a Resolution designating of the above listed properties to be “in need of redevelopment,” as defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et. seq. (the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law), and who favor or are against such a Resolution, may be heard at the above stated time and place.

Click here to view the agenda for the June 24, 2020 meeting

 

Maria Schiano Branson, Secretary
BROOKLAWN PLANNING BOARD
301 Christiana Street
Brooklawn, New Jersey 08030

 

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Borough Of Brooklawn

Borough of Brooklawn
301 Christiana Street
Brooklawn, New Jersey 08030
Phone: (856) 456-0750


Borough Hall
Hours: Monday - Thursday
8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
4th Wed of Each Month Until 7pm


Mayor

Theresa Branella

Council Members

Julie McCleary
Mike Mevoli
Jerry Granstrom
John Clothworthy
Patricia McConnell
Patrick Moses