Morris Plains Borough Master Plan
Purpose of the Master Plan Reexamination Report
This document is a Master Plan Reexamination Report for Morris Plains as required by the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law (“MLUL”) at N.J.S.A. 40:55D-89. The MLUL requires that each municipality in New Jersey undertake a periodic review and examination of its local Master Plan and development regulations. The mandated time frame for the periodic reexamination is 10 years. The planning board is responsible for completing the reexamination and preparing and adopting by resolution a report on the findings of the reexamination. Further, a statutorily compliant reexamination report provides a presumption of validity of the municipal zoning ordinance under the law.
This Master Plan Reexamination Report represents an on-going effort on the part of Morris Plains to ensure that its planning policies, along with its land use goals and objectives remain current and effective in addressing the issues facing the Borough. The primary purpose of the Master Plan is to guide the use of land. It is based on an examination of past trends, existing conditions and reasonable expectations for the future. The purpose of the report is to review and evaluate the master plan and municipal development regulations to determine the need for updates and revisions to properly direct the future growth, development and redevelopment of Morris Plains. The report builds upon the Planning Board’s prior Master Plan work and the land use ordinances which have guided the Borough over the years. It seeks to maintain and reinforce the Borough’s land use policies to encourage appropriate growth while maintaining a high quality of life enjoyed by Morris Plains residents.