Combining planning, zoning boards would not save money

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 To the editor:

I read with interest of Committeeman Tony Inserra’s desire to do away with the zoning board and planning board and to create a combined zoning/planning board.

A combined board would not save money. The board members are volunteers, the board secretary, solicitor and engineer would have to attend whether there was one meeting or two meetings. Further, he does not realize that a contentious application can stretch out to over two meetings, backing up agendas and possibly calling for special meetings to move applications along. I have personally been involved over the last six years with two zoning board meetings that took two meetings and one planning board meeting that took two meetings to reach conclusions. There are time constraints in which applications must be heard.

I understand that Mr. Inserra is aggravated with the zoning board and planning board because of a land use matter that over time became very political and in which he chose to involve himself. It is and remains simply a land use matter. Proper zoning and planning is guided by the local municipal ordinances, the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D, et. seq.) and public input, not friendship and campaign promises.

Sally Jack


(Editor’s note: The land use matter referenced in the letter is Ralph Holt’s request to have part of Tuckahoe Road in Marmora zoned commercial, which was recently denied by the planning board. Jack lives in the affected area and opposed the request.)

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