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Hazlet Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Combining Planning & Zoning Boards

A public hearing will be held during the committee's Feb. 5 meeting.

The Hazlet Township Committee will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. on a proposed ordinance that would, if adopted, combine the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment into one.

The ordinance, introduced by the committee at their Jan. 14 meeting, would dissolve the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Planning Board would absorb their responsibilities, Township Attorney Ronald Cucchiaro explained. The new board would become officially known as the Township of Hazlet Land Use Board. 

According to the proposed ordinance, the board would contain a total of nine members consisting of four different classes. Class I refers to the mayor or the mayor's designee; Class II refers to a municipality official other than a committeemember; Class III refers to a member of the committee; Class IV refers to citizens of the municipality. 

The Township Committee will be able to appoint four alternative Class IV members to the Land Use Board if it is created. These members can participate in discussions of board proceedings but will not be able to vote unless a board member is absent or disqualified, according to the ordinance.

During the public hearing, citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions as well as share comments and concerns. 

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