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379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Planning Board Information

The Planning Board is created pursuant to the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law, N.J.S.A. 40:55D. It is a volunteer board comprised of nine (9) regular members and two (2) alternate members, all appointed by the Township Council or Mayor.
The powers of the Planning Board include the following:
  • Adopt a Master Plan
  • Hear applications and make decisions on Subdivisions, Site Plans and Conditional Uses
  • Adopt the Official Map
  • Prepare a Capital Improvement Program
  • Advise Township Council on changes to Land Use Ordinance.
In most cases a proposal for land use begins with an application which is filed in the Planning Dept. Applications conforming to Township zoning are considered by the Planning Board. Non-conforming land use proposals are considered by the Board of Adjustment. Pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law, the Township imposes an applicant fees and costs to recover expenses incurred in processing applications. Depending on the schedule of the Planning Board and complexity of the application, the period to complete the process is between three (3) and nine (9) months. Assistance in the application process is available in the Planning Dept.
Agendas, Meeting Documents, Minutes, and Videos.
Meeting documents prior to 2021. Choose the document type and Board or Commission you would like to review.

Meeting Schedule

27 Jun
[Cancelled] Planning Board Business Meeting
Date 7:00 pm
11 Jul
Planning Board
7:00 pm
5 Sep
Planning Board
7:00 pm

Board Members

Name Position Date Expires
Shawn Lipani, Committeeman 01 (Class I) 12/31/2024
Robert Wagner, Jr. 02 (Class II) 12/31/2024
John Ciccarelli, Deputy Mayor 03 (Class III) 12/31/2024
Robert Peason, Vice Chairman 04 (Class IV) 12/31/2027
Carl Suraci, Chairman 05 (Class IV) 12/31/2026
Vacant 06 (Class IV) 12/31/2026
Vacant 07 (Class IV) 12/31/2024
Ron Skobo 08 (Class IV) 12/31/2027
Patricia Smith 09 (Class IV) 12/31/2024
Bruce Radowitz Alt #1 12/31/2024
Surajit Deb Alt #2 12/31/2025

Board Professionals

Eric Bernstein, Esq.
Eric M. Bernstein & Associates, LLC
Board Attorney

Mark S. Mayhew, PE, CME
Pennoni Associates
Board Engineer

Michael Lombardozzi, CSR, CRR
Board Court Reporter

Fuerza Strategies
Township Videographer


379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Phone: 908-369-8382
Fax 908-369-9718

David Kois
Planning Director

Marcella McLaughlin
Assistant Director / Zoning Official

Assistant Planner / GIS Specialist

Debora Padgett
Administrative Assistant / Planning Board Clerk

Marie Kane

Planning & Zoning Clerk

A Guide to Planning Board and Board of Adjustment Meetings


All Board meetings are run by the respective Chairman. The Board must have a majority of its members present – 4 Board of Adjustment and 5 Planning Board – in order to proceed. The Board follows parliamentary procedure (Roberts Rules of Order) to conduct meetings in an efficient and orderly manner. All meetings are conducted in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (Chapter 231,

P.L. 1975), commonly referred to as the “Sunshine Law.” The Boards and Board Members have the obligation to follow the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL), and are compelled to act based on the findings of fact and proofs provided during the course of the public hearing. The Board of Adjustment and Planning Board function as quasi-judicial bodies, meaning they operate similar to a court of law.  All discussions, presentations of evidence, questions and comments regarding a pending application must be conducted before the public except for certain matters related to litigation.

For information about a specific meeting or application please feel free to contact the Planning & Zoning Department at 908-369-4313.