Planning Board

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About the Board

The Planning Board is comprised of eleven members (including two alternate members) who are responsible for generating and updating Boonton’s Master Plan. The Master Plan is a comprehensive plan intended to guide and control the current and long-range development and land use within the Town.  The Board serves as a combined Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Meetings - 7:30PM at Town Hall on the 2nd Wednesday of the month

Planning Board Public Meeting Dates 2021:

  • January 13th
  • February 10th
  • March 10th
  • April 14th
  • May 12th
  • June 9th
  • July 14th
  • August 11th
  • September 8th
  • October 13th
  • November 10th
  • December 8th

Planning Board Approval

Planning Board approval is required prior to the subdivision of land within the Town of Boonton as well as for any development involving any new building other than one or two-family dwellings, any new addition to an existing building other than one or two-family dwellings, any change in use of an existing building, any new off-street parking area and any land disturbance involving an area of 1,000 square feet or more, including excavation, soil removal, land filling or site clearance.

Since the Boonton Planning Board serves as a combined Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-25c., application must also be made to the Planning Board for relief from the Zoning and Land Use ordinances of the Town, as well as appeals from the decision of the Town’s Zoning Officer.

Contacting the Board

For information regarding Planning Board matters, contact Steven Willenborg at or at 973-402-9410, ext. 630. To contact the Zoning Officer, email Patrick Laverty at or call him at 973-402-9410, ext. 632.

Board Members

Name Title Term Expiration
Douglas Phelps Chairman 12/31/2021
Adam Brewer Vice Chairman 12/31/2021
Richard Orlusky Member, Class IV 12/31/2024
Waqar Khokhar Member, Class IV 12/31/2024
Mark Wrobel Member, Class IV 12/31/2023
Lauren Mesagno Member, Class IV 12/31/2021
Kelli Shiels Member, Class II 12/31/2021
Mayor Richard Corcoran Member / Governing Body Liaison 12/31/2024
Council Member Marie Devenezia Member / Governing Body Liaison 12/31/2021
Jack Venturini Alternate, Class IV 12/31/2024
Benjamin Weisman Alternate, Class IV 12/31/2022
Steven Willenborg Board Secretary  
Scott Carlson, Esq. Board Attorney Annual Appointment
Topology Consulting Planner Annual appointment
Suburban Consulting Engineers Consulting Engineer Annual appointment

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Annual Land Use Board Report

The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) is required to review its actions on an annual basis. This report is submitted in accordance with the requirements of the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL), N.J.S.A. 40:55D 70.1, set forth below.

40:55D 70.1: Report on variance applications, amendment recommendations. The Board of Adjustment shall, at least once a year review its decisions on applications and appeals for variances and prepare and adopt by resolution a report on its findings on zoning ordinance provisions which were the subject of variance requests and its recommendations for zoning ordinance amendment or revision, if any. The Board of Adjustment shall send copies of the report and resolution to the governing body and planning board. This report provides information on ALL applications before the Town’s Land Use Board. 

Joining the Planning Board

To be considered for a position on Boonton's Planning Board, CLICK HERE.