Land Use Application Process Could be Expedited
Technical Review Committee would make land use boards 'more user-friendly,' mayor says.
Montville Township's land use boards have asked the township committee to consider adopting an ordinance that would create a new sub-committee to speed up the development application process.
The committee, called the Technical Review Committee, would assist with applications that come before the Montville Township Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment. The ordinance calling for creation of the Technical Review Committee was presented by the Land Use Advisory Comittee.
"The purpose of this committee would be to expedite applications for land use for both boards," Mayor Tim Braden said. "This would effectively reduce the cost for applicants and make, I think, our land use boards more user-friendly."
Even recently, some officials have said Montville is mostly developed, with not many opportunities for new development to move in to the township. There are still some areas township officials would like to see developed, however, including the G.I. Auto Yard.
Last year, home improvement store Lowe's was involved in the application process with the local land use boards to build a new store on the G.I. site but pulled out of the project because of the economy. The township has been discussing attracting new development to the site through the Economic Development Committee.
The salvage yard site had sat vacant for more than a year but is now filled with cars that were delivered to the lot after being damaged by Superstorm Sandy.