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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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Planning Technician/Zoning Official: Richard Charreun
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Historic Preservation
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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.

Montclair Township Affordable Housing Preliminary Application PDF Print E-mail

Download application.

Please note: this is a PRELIMINARY APPLICATION ONLY. Applicants are not to send supporting documentation at this time.

Applications will be notified as to the status of their preliminary eligibility based on the information that they provide in this application. When an affordable home becomes available, eligible candidates will be contacted. At that time, the Township will provide you with a list of documentation that candidates will need to provide to support and verify the information submitted in this application.

Montclair Affordable Housing Strategy – 2004 PDF Print E-mail

The Montclair Affordable Housing Strategy (MAHS) was created in 2004 through a participatory process involving a number of Montclair residents and organizational representatives, including the Township Council, members of the Council-appointed Affordable Housing Task Force, Township staff, and members of the Montclair Affordable Housing Coalition.

Download 2004 Montclair Affordable House Strategy document.

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

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.
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