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If you are interested in applying for any of the below positions, please click here for the Township's Citizen Leadership Form. Once completed, please return your form to the Clerk's office either by email to: clerk@rockawaytownship.org, by fax to:(973)627-1081 or by mail to: 65 Mount Hope Rd. Rockaway, NJ 07866. If you have any questions you can contact the Clerk's office at (973)983-2834 or clerk@rockawaytownship.org.


Zoning Board of Adjustment

Full Member (4-year term) and Alternate (2-year term) Positions Available

Township Code 54-6.2 Membership; Appointment

Qualifications for and appointment as members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment shall be as follows:

a. No member may hold any elective office or position under the municipality.

b. All members shall be citizens of the Township of Rockaway.

c. All members shall be appointed by the Township Council.

d. Alternate members shall be designated as “Alternate no. 1”, “Alternate No. 2,” “Alternate No. 3,” and “Alternate No. 4” by the Township Council at the time of appointment.

Township Code 54-6.4 Powers and Duties of the Zoning Board of Adjustment

The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall follow the provisions of the Municipal Land Use Law and this chapter, and accordingly shall have authority to:

a. Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged by the appellant that there is error in any order, requirement, decision or refusal made by an administrative officer based on or made in the enforcement of the zoning regulations;

b. Hear and decide requests for interpretation of the Zoning Map or zoning regulations or for decisions upon other special questions upon which the Board is authorized to pass by any zoning regulation or official map regulation, in accordance with this chapter and the Municipal Land Use Law;

c. Hear and decide requests for variances. Notwithstanding the above, the Zoning Board of Adjustment shall not have the power to hear and decide variances if the application also requires subdivision, site plan or conditional use approval, unless the application involves a “D” variance;

d. Exercise control over and review of subdivisions, site plans and conditional uses, only when such applications involved a “D” variance;

e. Direct the issuance of building permits for buildings or structures in certain areas shown on an Official Map, unless such building permits also require subdivision, site plan or conditional use approval;

f. Direct the issuance of building permits for buildings or structures on a lot not related to a street, unless such building permits also require subdivision, site plan or conditional use approval; and

g. Prepare at least once a year, a report for the Township Council and Planning Board, based upon its review of its decisions on applications and appeals for variances since any previous report. The report shall be adopted by resolution of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and shall comment on the zoning regulations which were the subject of variance requests, and shall make recommendations for any amendments to the zoning regulations that the Board may deem appropriate based upon prior variance applications.



Board of Assessment Commissioners

Member: 1-year term – FIVE appointments by the Council (THREE full members and TWO alternate members)

Township Code 2-34.1 Creation.

Pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.40:56-21 et seq., there is hereby created in the Township a Board of Assessment Commissioners, the members of which shall be appointed by the Township Council.

(Code 1971 § 3-30.4; Ord. 7-3-79)

Township Code 2-34.2 Appointment of Members.

The Board of Assessment Commissioners shall consist of three (3) members, who shall be designated commissioners. All appointments shall be for one (1) year terms. There shall also be two (2) alternate commissioners. Appointments of alternate commissioners shall be for terms of one (1) year. The commissioners and alternate commissioners shall serve until their successors are appointed and shall qualify. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term only. Alternate commissioners shall serve as commissioners in those cases where a commissioner is unable to serve in connection with a specific project or projects.

(Code 1971 § 3-30.4; Ord. 7-3-79)

Township Code 2-34.3 Duties.

The Board of Assessment Commissioners is charged with the duty of making all assessments for benefits for local improvements within the Township in accordance with the duties imposed upon it by virtue of N.J.S.A. 40:56-21 through N.J.S.A. 56-54, inclusive and shall in addition have and exercise all of the powers authorized by the aforesaid statutes.

                (Code 1971 § 3-30.4; Ord. 7-3-79)

Township Code 2-33.4 Disqualification of a Commissioner; Procedure.

In the event that any commissioner shall be in any way interested in any local improvement, he shall be disqualified from exercising the powers hereinabove conferred with respect to that improvement and the Township Council shall appoint an alternate commissioner, or if the alternate commissioner shall not

qualify, some other qualified person or persons shall act in his place with respect to that improvement only. If such improvement shall be of a general nature affecting the greater part of the real estate in the municipality, no commissioner shall be disqualified to act by reason of the fact that he may own real estate included in such assessment N.J.S.A. 40:56-22.

(Code 1971 § 3-30.4; Ord. 7-3-79)

Township Code 2-34.5 Compensation.

The Township Council shall establish compensation of Assessment Commissioners.

(Code 1971 § 3-30.4; Ord. 7-3-79)


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