By Margret Brady
Town planners on Thursday gave the planning board its first look at proposed revisions to the town zoning master plan.
Chairman Joseph Stanley appointed three board members to review the plan in greater detail, and scheduled a public hearing for Dec. 5, 2013. Adoption of the document is anticipated on Jan. 23, 2014.
“Our vision is Morristown moving forward to become the most welcoming, beautiful, healthy, resilient and sustainable place to live, work and play in New Jersey,” according to town planners.
A draft will be released to the public on Nov. 15, and the first public meeting of the long- range planning committee will be held in early December.
Details promised at future hearings included:
- Locations of permitted uses and desired neighborhood character
- New land uses such as light manufacturing and live/work uses
- Downtown building heights
- Neighborhood transitions
- Neighborhood centers, schools, and community centers
Areas singled out for future discussion were the Morristown Green and surrounding area, the train station, Speedwell Avenue, South Street and Washington Street.
The state requires towns to update their master plans every 10 years. Goals include supporting community efforts to participate in capital budgeting, resource allocation, and planning and development decisions. The revised master plan also is intended to streamline and strengthen permitting, compliance review, and code enforcement processes.