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Montclair Township

Planning, Zoning, Building

Building Department-Construction Code:
973-509-4951Montclair, NJ Planning Director Janice Talley

Department of Planning and Community Development
205 Claremont Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
Phone: 973-509-4954
Fax: 973-509-4943

Director: Janice Talley, PP, AICP
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Zoning: Graham Petto, AICP
973-509-4955
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Historic Preservation: Graham Petto, AICP
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Office Hours: Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Department of Planning and Community Development is responsible for preparing and implementing the Township's Master Plan in order to ensure the sustainability of the Township and its social and economic well-being. The Department serves as the professional and administrative staff to the Montclair Township Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission and Housing Commission and oversees the Building Office. The department is responsible for overseeing Montclair Township's Affordable Housing and Community Development programs, and provides assistance to residents, businesses, and builders relating to a variety of land use issues.

Applicants are encouraged to meet with municipal staff prior to filing an application for development. Appointments for such meetings can be arranged by calling Kristen Hunter at 973-509-4954. To help this process run smoothly, we have attached the following information:

To purchase a copy of the land development ordinances, or to obtain copies of documents or information pertaining to any Planning Department applications, please contact our office.



Master Plan Draft Baseline Conditions Report PDF Print E-mail

The 2011 draft Baseline Conditions report is now available for download. The draft report summarizes the work completed in preparation for creating a new Unified Land Use and Circulation Master Plan Element for Montclair. Public outreach, issues, visions, and goals were focused around the Township’s land use and circulation and the relationship between the two. The report contains an overview of demographic and economic conditions, the issues that were uncovered through the work of the consultants, Group Melvin Design, and the public outreach process, and finally the vision, goals, and objectives that will guide the Project Team as they begin to create a Unified Land Use and Circulation Master Plan Element.

Download 2011 draft Montclair Unified Land Use & Circulation Master Plan Element Baseline Conditions Report

 
Housing Development Programs in Montclair PDF Print E-mail

Housing ProgramsAffordable Housing Trust Fund
The Township of Montclair adopted a Housing Element and Fair Share plan that addresses its regional fair share of the affordable housing need in accordance with the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq.), the Fair Housing Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-301) and the regulations of the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) (N.J.A.C. 5:97-1 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 5:96-1 et seq.). A development fee ordinance creating a dedicated revenue source for affordable housing was approved by COAH on December 11, 2002 and adopted by the municipality in October 2002.

The Montclair Housing Commission, established by the Township Council in 2004, considers requests for affordable housing trust funds by developers. It then forwards a recommendation to the Township Council concerning the expenditure of funds as set forth in this Spending Plan. The Township Council reviews the request and makes a decision. The use and release of funds require the adoption of a Resolution by the Township Council. The Affordable Housing Trust Fund Township can be used for the rehabilitation of existing dwelling units occupied by low- and moderate-income households, including vacant and foreclosed homes, as well as gut rehabilitations where necessary. Interested applicants should contact the Planning department at (973) 509-4954.

Homebuyer Assistance Program

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Montclair Development: Technical Assistance Service PDF Print E-mail

Technical assistance services are provided by the Essex County Economic Development Corporation and include the following:

Business Development. The EDC of Essex County, in conjunction with area banks and other economic development agencies, such as the Rutgers Small Business Development Center, provides general technical assistance to area businesses and not for profit organizations in order to assist the clients to prepare business plans, obtain financial assistance, and learn from experienced mentors to address operating concerns. EDC also participates in seminars focusing on topics relevant to growing businesses in Essex County, and interacts with the business development coordinators from county municipalities. The EDC of Essex County works closely with the Essex County Office for Small Business Development and Affirmative Action (SBDAA) to support the development of minority and women owned businesses and facilitate their ability to pursue economic opportunities in Essex County. Contact Craig Lombardi, Essex County Economic Development Corporation, at 973-621-4454.

Real Estate Site Search Assistance. The EDC of Essex County, in conjunction with the CoStar Group, can access a comprehensive database of commercial, retail, and industrial sites available for lease or sale throughout Essex County based on the specified criteria of the client. Contact Craig Lombardi, Essex County Economic Development Corporation, at 973-621-4454.

Promotion of Tourism & Trade. The EDC of Essex County coordinates activities designed to promote Essex County as a travel destination and support the exchange of goods and services between local businesses and emerging foreign markets. Contact Craig Lombardi, Essex County Economic Development Corporation, at 973-621-4454.

Job Training. In conjunction with the Essex County Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment, EDC assists in the processing of persons learning skills and receiving training for various job opportunities. Contact Craig Lombardi, Essex County Economic Development Corporation, at 973-621-4454.
 
Economic Development Loan Programs PDF Print E-mail

There are four loan programs available to developers, as follows:

  • Community Economic Revitalization Program (CERP). Loan fund established by the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to augment Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds allocated for façade (exterior) improvements to commercial properties located in Montclair on Bloomfield Avenue between North/South Fullerton Avenue and the Glen Ridge border. Maximum is 50% of project cost up to $25,000. Interested applicants should contact the Montclair Township Department of Planning and Community Development at 973-509-4954.
  • Micro Loan Fund (MLF). Loan program for start up and existing businesses and nonprofit organizations located in Essex County. Maximum loan is $100,000 for 100% of the project cost at prime rate. Borrower must demonstrate ability to service debt obligations and create job opportunities for low to moderate income persons. Interested applicants should contact Craig Lombardi, Essex County Economic Development Corporation, at 973-621-4454.
  • Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). Loan program for start up and existing businesses and nonprofit organizations located in Essex County. Maximum loan is 40 percent of the project cost up to $100,000, at 75% of prime rate. RLF loans are made in conjunction with loans from banks and other lenders, and are generally subordinate to collateral positions of primary lenders. Borrower must demonstrate ability to service debt obligations and create job opportunities for low to moderate income persons. Interested applicants should contact Craig Lombardi, Essex County Economic Development Corporation, at 973-621-4454.
  • Community Development Revolving Loan Fund (CDRLF). Loan program funded by a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that is managed by the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the EDC. Maximum available is 40% of project cost up to $100,000 at 50% of prime rate. Borrower must demonstrate ability to service debt obligations; achieve national objectives of creating job opportunities for low to moderate income persons; and/or deliver area benefits to distressed areas; and satisfy HUD regulations. Interested applicants should contact Craig Lombardi, Essex County Economic Development Corporation, at 973-621-4454.
 
Historic Preservation Tax Credits PDF Print E-mail

South Park Street, MontclairMontclair Township has many historic buildings and historic districts, many of which are shown on the Historic Districts map. The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program provides federal income-tax incentives for the rehabilitation of historic income-producing properties. Under the provisions of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, a 20% tax credit is available for the substantial rehabilitation of commercial, agricultural, industrial, or rental residential buildings that are certified as historic. The credit may be subtracted directly from federal income taxes owed by the owner.
To qualify for the program, rehabilitation projects must involve income producing historic properties included in the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as a contributing property in a historic district. The rehabilitation is reviewed by the SHPO and the National Park Service, and must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Park Street, MontclairLast year, New Jersey, the 5th smallest state, was ranked 3 in the nation with 82 projects successfully completed under this Federal tax credit program. A total of $23,288,354 was spent on certified expenses in New Jersey alone. This large-scale private investment is a direct result of a historic preservation tool that is designed to encourage economic investment in New Jersey while helping to preserve the historic resources of the state. Many of these projects would not happen if not for the incentive offered by the Investment Tax Credit program (also know as the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program). Often these projects involve redevelopment in urban areas where they are critical to the revitalization efforts within our cities. For detailed program information, forms, and guidance, including information from the Internal Revenue Service, see the National Park Service website.

 
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