Two meetings set for week of Oct. 21
FREEHOLD, NJ –The Monmouth County Planning Board is kicking-off a new Comprehensive Master Plan initiative with public information sessions set for the end of the month.
The first session will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21 as part of the regular Planning Board meeting held on the 2nd floor conference room of the Hall of Records Annex at One East Main Street in Freehold Borough.
The Planning Board will hold an evening public information session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building at 4000 Kozloski Road in Freehold Township. The meeting will begin with an open house component at 6:30 p.m.
Both sessions will introduce municipal officials, stakeholders and citizens to the first countywide comprehensive master plan update in more than 30 years. Since the adoption of the County’s last master plan, the Monmouth County Growth Management Guide, in 1982 the County Planning Board has developed, adopted and supported plans that help set policy for countywide roads, open space and farmland preservation and scenic byways along with regional plans for the County’s Bayshore, coastal, western and panhandle regions.
“A new master plan will address emerging and regional issues while incorporating previous efforts,” Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso said. “This is an exciting project that will update and focus on the future preservation and growth of our County.”
“When completed, this countywide plan will focus on redevelopment, revitalization and rediscovery of communities throughout the County,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. “It is important to keep in mind that the master planning process also recognizes that each municipality has its own individual character and identity.”
The County’s master plan will establish contexts within the County, complement elements identified in the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL) for inclusion in municipal master plans and stand alone documents which are adopted and revised on their own individual schedules.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to attend the kick-off sessions and to stay involved in the master plan process. Work on the plan will be done at Planning Board meetings and in sub-committees. Information about these meeting will be posted on the Planning Division section of the County website at www.visitmonmouth .com.
“It is anticipated that Monmouth County’s plan will be written with a 10-year planning horizon and a scope that is limited to issues that can be meaningfully addressed in our County,” Planning Board Chairman Vince Domidion said. “Monmouth County seeks to both inform and guide local decision-making with the end goal of providing a Monmouth County where people want to live and work.”
DiMaso and Burry are the freeholder liaison members to the Monmouth County Planning Board.