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☷ Berkeley Heights Township New Jersey - Final Draft Plan Available for Viewing

☷ Berkeley Heights Township New Jersey - Final Draft Plan Available for Viewing

Berkeley Heights Township , state New Jersey
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   The final draft Master Plan is now available for public viewing! After months of revisions following resident and stakeholder input over the past few years , via a series of public meetings and smaller group discussions , the Master Plan is en route to the Planning Board for a vote .
   That hearing and vote will be held May 4
    , 2022 .
   Click on the links below to view the documents .  
   Volume I Master Plan: Existing Conditions
   Volume II Master Plan: Vision , Goals & Recommendations
   This document has truly been a labor of love , as the Master Plan Subcommittee , with our planners from Phillips Preiss Grygiel Leheny Hughes LLC , worked on this comprehensive land use policy document that will guide the physical development of the community for the next 10 - 15 years .  
   The Master Plan outlines the community’s vision of its future and provides a roadmap to achieve it . At its core , the Master Plan provides the policy foundation to inform the Planning and Zoning Boards , Mayor , and Township Council’s decision - making on land use and development matters . It also serves as a guide for business owners , community groups , potential investors , residents and other stakeholders to understand how land use , transportation , natural resources and other factors will shape the built environment and quality of life of the community .
   HUGE "Thank you" to resident photographer Lucinda Kiger Hayes for allowing us to use her beautiful photos in this very important document!
   Section 2 . 1 VISION STATEMENT 
    
   A vision statement in this case describes what our Township desires to achieve in the long - run , generally in a time frame of five to ten years , or sometimes even longer . It depicts a vision of what our community will look like in the future and sets a defined direction for the planning and execution .
   Berkeley Heights is currently experiencing an unprecedented level of residential development activity as a result of the Township’s Third Round affordable housing settlement agreement . The current growth presents both challenges and opportunities for the community . While the Township will continue to uphold its obligation to provide a realistic opportunity for the production of housing affordable to low - and moderate - income households , it does not envision substantial future growth and development .  
   The Township will continue to enhance its community facilities and infrastructure to ensure a high quality of life for residents . Its residential areas will retain their strong neighborhood character defined by bucolic streets and eclectic homes for families , while offering improved walking and bicycling access to parks , schools , and the Downtown . At the same time , the Township will accommodate a variety of housing options , business services and open space and recreation facilities . Berkeley Heights will remain an attractive community for new households and provide enhanced housing options , services and amenities to allow older adults to age in place . Finally , the Township will embrace the values of diversity and inclusion and provide a welcoming community for residents from all walks of life .  
   Revitalized Downtown Berkeley Heights will be both a treasured community asset serving local needs and a destination that draws visitors from the broader region . With a backdrop of engaging architecture and walkable streetscapes , passive and active recreational
   
   spaces where the community can come together , a new public library , family - friendly programming and cultural events all - year - round , and a diverse mix of businesses , the Downtown will offer a distinct sense of place . Connell Park will augment the Downtown as a regional hub for economic activity , anchored by leading institutions and companies in technology , healthcare and medical services , real estate , finance , and other professional service sectors . It will also be a model for live - work - play communities that expand the local tax base , promote new employment opportunities and provide additional retail and entertainment options to complement the Downtown .  
   Finally , Berkeley Heights will become more sustainable and resilient as a community . With the protection of existing natural areas and open spaces as the top priority , the Township will incorporate sustainability principles in all stages of development and growth . There will be expanded use of alternative and renewable energy , enhanced stormwater management and flood risk reduction programs , tighter integration of green building and low - impact development practices , and strengthened stewardship of natural resources . With a focus on long - term growth and prosperity , the Township will be a sustainable and resilient community that is well prepared to adapt to future environmental challenges .  
   Click here to read more about our Master Plan and the process , view community surveys and more .  
   

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