MORRIS COUNTY — Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that improves public notice for proposed land development has passed the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.
“People deserve sufficient opportunity to understand the scope of proposed developments that could alter their neighborhoods and communities,” said Bucco (R-25). “Unfortunately, the current 10-day notice isn’t enough time to review the often-complex proposals and respond effectively. This legislation would require developers to give the public more notice to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to make their voices heard.”
Under current law, developers are required to provide written notice of a public hearing concerning their land use application to all owners of real property within 200 feet of the proposed development at least 10 days prior to the scheduled hearing.
Sen. Bucco’s bill, S-2435, amends existing law to require developers to notify the public of land use applications at least 21 days before scheduled hearings take place to give surrounding residents more time to respond.
“No one should feel like they didn’t have an opportunity to make their voice heard in their community, especially when it comes to matters that can drastically impact their quality of life,” Bucco added. “Extending the public review period will help foster a more collaborative and transparent dialogue between residents, their representatives, and developers. Greater transparency will be good for our communities.”