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Planning/Zoning Board

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The Leonia Planning Board, like all planning boards throughout the state, operates under the provisions of the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law.

Board Responsibilities

  1. Preparing, adopting, and amending a Master Plan that zones the town for particular types of uses and development. The Master Plan represents the Borough's view of itself and where it should be going.
  2. Reviewing for approval proposed subdivisions, site plans, and conditional uses, including certain variances and building permits. (Variances allow an applicant to vary from the zoning requirements after offering convincing legal reasons for doing so.)
  3. Performing informal reviews of concept plans for development.
  4. Making recommendations to the Borough Council about adopting or amending development regulations.
  5. Directing the issuance of building permits for buildings or structures in certain areas shown on an official map, when such building permits also require subdivision, site plan or conditional use approval.
  6. Directing the issuance of building permits for buildings or structures on a lot not related to a street, when such building permits also require subdivision, site plan or conditional use approval.
  7. Making recommendations to the Borough Council and/or any other governmental authority concerning the relationship of capital projects to the Borough's Master Plan.
  8. Participating in the preparation and review of programs or plans required by State or Federal law or regulations.
  9. Assembling data as part of a continuous planning process.
  10. Performing other advisory duties as are assigned to it by ordinance or by the Borough Council.

Board Protocol

Bringing an Application to the Board: Planning Board Applications can be obtained from the Secretary to the Planning Board, Alyson Lazarus, who can be reached at 201-592-5780 x253 or via e-mail at alazarus@leonianj.gov. To be heard in a particular month, your application package must be available to the public at Borough Hall ten days prior to the meeting date. There are a number of legal requirements that must be addressed in completing an application, so be sure to allow yourself adequate preparation time. The application must be deemed complete by Zoning Officer Dan Melfi before any matter is assigned a docket number and listed on a Planning Board Agenda. Mr. Melfi may be reached via telephone at 201-592-5780; x 255 or more conveniently, via e-mail at dmelfi@leonianj.gov.  

For New Business Owners: The Leonia Planning Board is particularly interested in the appearance of the downtown business district. The Planning Board requests that applicants work with Mr. Melfi on the design of facades and signs to be in accordance with the Borough's central business district standards.

View Master Plan Documentation at Bergen County

Board Members

  • Class I - Mayor Judah Zeigler - 2023
  • Class II - William Russell - 2020
  • Class III - Councilman Pat Fusco- 2020 - Council Liaison
  • Class IV - Michael DeGidio - 2023 - Chair
  • Class IV - Vincent Petti - 2023 - Vice Chair
  • Class IV - Patrick Botten - 2022
  • Class IV - Tim Ford - 2022
  • Class IV - Greg Edelman - 2022
  • Class IV - Ron Wolf - 2022
  • Alternate I - Sean Thompson - 2020
  • Alternate II - Ira Gold - 2023
  • Alternate III - Alicia Stewart - 2020
  • Alternate IV - Haeseok Ko - 2021
  • Zoning Officer - Dan Melfi
  • Board Secretary - Alyson Lazarus
  • Recording Secretary - Tina Evans
  • Planning Board Attorney - Dan Steinhagen
  • Planning Board Engineer - Robert Costa

Meetings

Please Note: All Mayor and Council (and Planning Board) meetings are held in the downstairs Meeting Room of the Leonia Public Library, located at 227 Fort Lee Road.

The Planning Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month, at 7:30 pm

Planning Board Meeting Agendas Page

Planning Board Meeting Minutes Page

EventDate/TimeAgenda
04/22/2020 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Not Included
05/27/2020 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Not Included
06/24/2020 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Not Included
07/22/2020 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Not Included
08/26/2020 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Not Included
09/23/2020 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Not Included
10/28/2020 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Not Included
11/24/2020 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Not Included
12/16/2020 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Not Included