Monmouth County Master Plan Update


The Draft Monmouth County Master Plan is available for public comment and review.  Please click on links to specific elements below.  Please send comments and/or questions to:

The final submission date for all public comments and feedback regarding the Monmouth County Master Plan Update is May 31, 2016.

Dear Master Plan Stakeholder,

The Division of Planning has been working diligently on the Monmouth County Master Plan since our working groups concluded their first round of stakeholder workshops.  Since that time, we have taken all your input, ideas, and comments and have framed them into a series of proposed draft Recommendations, Stakeholder Strategies, and Long Range Challenges (RSC) for the Master Plan. 

The initial Master Plan Recommendations developed by the working groups were “put to the test” through a systematic process of matching each Recommendation with specific Master Plan Goals, Principles, and Objectives (GPO) identified earlier in the planning process.   This step resulted in the creation of Recommendation Summaries affording us the opportunity to both explore and explain our reasoning for each of the proposed draft Recommendation. This also led to the addition of previously unidentified Objectives as well as some new Stakeholder Strategies.  Although extensive, the Recommendation Summaries as presented below will be consolidated into a series of Recommendation Summary Sheet, one sheet for each Recommendation organized by Master Plan Element (chapter).

Division of Planning staff presented the draft Elements of the Monmouth County Master Plan to the Planning Board for their initial review and comment this past fall and winter. Since incorporating their preliminary input, all Elements have been posted to this webpage inviting the public to send comments and feedback. The Division of Planning hosted a successful Open House and Networking Event on May 10, 2016 engaging stakeholders and residents. We now ask the public to submit comments by May 31, 2016. After which, staff will compile and address all received feedback. Staff are anticipating to provide the Master Plan to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders during their August meeting. A public hearing at the Monmouth County Planning Board meeting in the fall will follow. Thank you for all of your input and effort in the creation of this Master Plan.

Draft Master Plan Elements, Outlines, RSCs, and Recommendation Summaries along with their respective Planning Board Presentations are below for your review and comment.

Monmouth County Draft Master Plan Documents as Designated by Elements

2.0 Land Use Element Text 

3.0 Natural Resources Element Presentation

4.0 Open Space Element Presentation

5.0 Farmland Preservation Element Presentation

6.0 Arts, Historic, & Cultural Resources Element Presentation

7.0 Utilities Element Presentation

8.0 Transportation & Mobility Element Presentation

9.0 Agricultural & Economic Development Element Presentation

10.0 Community Development & Housing Element Presentation

11.0 Healthy Communities Element Presentation

12.0 Community Resiliency Element Presentation

13.0 Sustainable Places Element Presentation

14.0 Planning Services, Outreach, & Coordination Element Presentation

Please e-mail your comments and/or questions to the Division of Planning.

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