What is a Master Plan?
A Master Plan outlines a community’s vision of its future and the process to realize that vision. At its core, the Master Plan forms the policy foundation for the Township’s land use regulations and planning decisions and serves as a guide for elected officials, municipal staff, business owners, community residents, and potential investors to make informed decision in community development affecting land use, transportation, natural resources, and other factors that shape the build environment and quality of life
Phase 1 - Existing Conditions Analysis
As the first phase in the preparation of the 2020 Master Plan, the Committee conducted extensive research to understand the existing conditions of the Township. Over the course of several months, we collected and analyzed quantitative and qualitative data across many sources to document the demographic, land use, and transportation trends since the last Master Plan in 2007, and to identify priority areas to address in the new Master Plan. For Phase II in the Master Plan process, the Existing Conditions Report will serve as a starting point for establishing a shared vision for the future of the Township and identifying specific strategies to achieve that vision.
The following sections highlight the key take-aways from the existing conditions analysis. A full discussion of the results from the research and the key issues and opportunities identified are available in Berkeley Heights 2020 Master Plan Vol.1: Existing Conditions Analysis
Input From Public Outreach
In March, 2019, stakeholder interviews were conducted as part of the public outreach process. These meetings were facilitated by Mayor Devanney, Councilwoman Kingsley and Business Administrator Viana. The following Township Boards, Committees and Departments met to discuss input for the Master Plan
- Downtown Beautification Committee
- Recreation Commission
- Peppertown Park Committee
- Berkeley Heights Business & Civic
- Berkeley Heights Police Department
- Environmental Commission
Berkeley Heights Master Plan Community Survey - Complete
The Township is in the process of preparing a new comprehensive Master Plan in order to crystallize resident visions for the community and establish a framework for future development and growth. Community input is critical to the process so a Community Survey was available to residents in early 2020 which will guide the Township’s efforts in identifying goals and priorities, areas of opportunity and improvement, recommendations and strategies, and many other elements that will shape the Master Plan. Full responses to all open-answer questions in the survey can be found in this document.