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The Planning Board has a wide range of responsibilities, among which is the responsibility of making many important decisions. Planning Boards are directly responsible for generating and updating a Municipality’s Master Plan, and are involved in developing and effectuating broad land use policies for guiding the growth of a municipality. An integral part of a municipality’s decision making process in the Master Plan. Without the land use element of the Master Plan, a Municipality cannot have a valid Zoning Ordinance.
The Planning Board has specific authorities over subdivision control and site plan review, the Official Map, Zoning Ordinances and the Capital Improvements Program. Moreover, it has been vested with quasi-judicial power in that when reviewing subdivision and site plan applications, it can decide “C” Variances and establish procedures for the review of such applications.
The Planning Board may also become involved in the review of other State or Federal programs or plans, assemble data for planning purposes and perform other advisory duties as assigned to it by the Governing Body, to aid them in planning process.