Mayor’s Column: Land Use Law

The mayor explains land use laws, and how the Planning Board's role in overseeing it.

Questions often arise about our municipal ordinances/regulations regarding adding sheds, fences or pools and the restrictions on new construction.

As in all states, the use and development of real estate is governed by planning and zoning laws and regulations.  The primary regulations are found in state statutes known as the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law and the Voorhees Township Zoning Ordinances.  Like other municipalities, every parcel of real estate in Voorhees falls within a particular zoning classification which governs the type of uses permitted such as residential, commercial or industrial, as well as bulk requirements such as building height, setbacks and parking.

Generally, the Planning Board adopts a master plan which guides the use of land within the municipality. The Planning Board must reexamine the master plan at least every 10 years and adopt a report of the findings. The Voorhees Township Committee subsequently approves the official map, which determines the zone for all properties within the municipality and passes zoning ordinances which then become law and govern all requirements for each zone. The most recent reexamination was completed in 2012. In effort to keep our codes up to date, the next reexamination is scheduled for 2022.

The Township Master Plan and a link to the code of ordinances are available for review on the township website, www.voorheesnj.com.

** Online registration for the 2021-2022 Voorhees Township Public School kindergarten full day program opened on March 1. Any child who will turn 5 on or before Oct. 1, 2021 is eligible for kindergarten admission in Sept. 2021. Beginning March 1, pre-registration can be completed at genesis.voorhees.k12.nj.us/genesis/openReg. After the pre-registration is completed, a staff member will contact you for additional information.

**The Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club is holding a shredding event on May 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at Tab Shredding, 341 Cooper Rd., West Berlin. The cost is $30 for up to 3bags/boxes plus $10 for each additional bag/box up to 10. All proceeds will go to charity. Masks and social distancing will be maintained.

** Voorhees Township is offering discounted tickets to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. Tickets are available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office at Voorhees Town Hall. Prices vary according to the type of ticket and several options are available to residents and non-residents. For more information about tickets, visit www.voorheesnj.com