SAFE Complete Streets Plan

A public hearing has been scheduled by the Montclair Township Planning Board for Monday, December 14 at 7:30 pm to consider two amendments to the Master Plan. The Planning Board proposes to amend the Unified Land Use and Circulation Plan to incorporate the recommendations in the SAFE Complete Streets Plan into the Master Plan, with specific language that delineates how the SAFE Completes Streets Plan should be used.

Download draft SAFE Complete Streets Plan.

In addition, A draft Stormwater Management Plan has been prepared by the Planning Department in coordinate with the Township Engineer. The current plan was adopted in April of 2005 but must be revised to incorporate new stormwater requirements put in place by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). On March 2, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection published changes to the stormwater rules. The new stormwater rules, which take full effect on March 2, 2021, require the use of green infrastructure. Green infrastructure refers to a set of stormwater management practices that use or mimic the natural water cycle to capture, filter, absorb and/or re-use stormwater.

This rule change replaces a subjective standard with an objective standard and requires that stormwater management features be distributed around a site rather than centralized into one big basin. These “best management practices” (BMPs) include vegetated swales, bioretention, green roofs, cisterns, wet ponds, infiltration basins and constructed wetlands. The draft Stormwater Management Element of the Master plan includes new maps and figures, updated data and recommended amendments to Montclair Township’s stormwater management regulations.

The hearing will be a remote meeting using Cisco Webex Events in compliance with “The Open Public Meetings Act,” Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 of the State of New Jersey and is open to the public and will be televised on TV34 and Montclair Government YouTube. During the meeting, opportunity will be given to all those interested to be heard via computer or phone. Comments may also be submitted prior to the public hearing to jtalley@montclairnjusa.org. To participate in the meeting via computer please go to: https://montclairnj.webex.com/montclairnj/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee317ee4e767e966f34acc48fc9272801.

The event number is 173 272 1023 and the meeting password is PBMtg@1214!

To participate by phone, please call 1-408-418-9388 and enter the access code 173 272 1023.

A direct link to the meeting is also provided on the meeting agenda which can be accessed at https://montclairnjusa.org/planningboard.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Board Secretary at 973-509-4953 or jtalley@montclairnjusa.org.