Planning Board

The Maywood Planning Board is a consolidated board performing the functions of both a Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Land Use Law N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq. The basic duty of any planning board and zoning board of adjustment is to oversee all land use regulations within a municipality. Since the Borough of Maywood was established in 1894 and is currently almost fully developed, the Maywood Planning Board continually faces the challenge of responsibly providing for the orderly development and redevelopment of the properties within the Borough to ensure the residential character of the Borough is preserved while properly balancing the need and desire to develop commercial and industrial uses.

The Planning Board hears appeals of Administrative Officer’s decisions, grants variances from the requirements of the Maywood Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 209) and renders interpretations of the Maywood Zoning Ordinance. The Maywood Planning Board also reviews applications for site plan and subdivision approval and is empowered to make recommendations to the Maywood Governing Body regarding amendments to the zoning ordinances, official zoning map as well as capital improvement projects proposed within the Borough. Approvals or denials of applications may be legally challenged (for instance, in New Jersey Superior Court). Therefore, it is very important that the process laid out in the MLUL be closely followed. The Maywood Planning Board also prepares and regularly reexamines and updates the Maywood Master Plan in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Land Use Law. The most recent Master Plan reexamination was adopted during 2020. Copies of the Maywood Master Plan are available from the office of the Planning Board Secretary and Maywood Borough Clerk.

Maywood Planning Board’s regularly scheduled public meetings are held on the 1st and 4th Thursday of the month at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers of the Maywood Municipal Building, 15 Park Avenue, Maywood, New Jersey unless otherwise provided for in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et. seq.  The 2024 meeting schedule is as follows:

January 25         

June 27

February 1*

July 25

February 22

August 1

March 7

August 22

March 28

September 5

April 4*

September 26

April 25

October 3

May 2*

October 24

May 23

November 7

June 6

December 5