Jackson Planning Board Initiates Full Master Plan Review

The Jackson Planning Board convened on March 4, 2024, to discuss updates to the township’s Master Plan and to address several development applications. The most consequential item was the initiation of a full master plan review—a process that involves comprehensive analysis and potential revisions to guide the township’s growth and development. Moreover, the board unanimously approved the creation of a master plan subcommittee and moved forward with various development applications, including major site plan approvals and subdivision proposals.

The master plan subcommittee’s formation was a step in the township’s planning process. The subcommittee will have the critical task of reviewing the master plan and making recommendations to the township council. This includes the potential retention of external professionals and the consideration of various master plan elements such as land use, housing, transportation, utilities, economic development, and sustainability. The subcommittee is composed of two board members and a liaison to the town council. Their work will be instrumental in shaping the future of Jackson, as they navigate the complexities of including necessary elements within the constraints of the township’s budget and timelines.

An overview of the master plan process highlighted the intricate nature of planning for a township’s future. It requires careful consideration of multiple factors that contribute to the sustainable development of the community. The board also deliberated on a resolution granting preliminary and final major site plan approval for a church and adjacent structures.

One of the applications discussed pertained to an office building’s drainage system modifications. A licensed professional engineer testified to confirm the technical nature of the modifications and the county’s endorsement. As a result of the discussions, the board approved the modifications, emphasizing the adherence to professional recommendations and the importance of updated stormwater management practices.

Another application that captured the board’s attention was a proposal for a subdivision to split a property into two lots, requiring a variance due to one of the lots lacking frontage on an approved street. The professional planner and engineer presented exhibits and arguments to demonstrate compliance with the Pine Lands regulations and addressed the variance request’s criteria.

The meeting also considered another subdivision application with unique lot configurations and setback requirements. The applicant sought a waiver for installing a sidewalk and affirmed the use of advanced septic treatment systems, aligning with environmental standards. Public comments touched on the need for maintaining neighborhood cleanliness and addressing stormwater management. The board provided assurances that concerns raised would be incorporated into the resolution, showing responsiveness to community input.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Michael Reina
Planning Board Officials:
Kenneth Bressi, Mordechai Burnstein, Michele Campbell, Irina Darrar (Recording Secretary), Lisa DeMarzo (Alternate I), Shimshi Heller, Tsvi Herman, Laura Morrison (Planning Board Secretary), Jeffrey Riker, Joseph Sullivan, Raymond Tremer (Alternate II), Terence Wall (Administrator)

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