Morris Plains the Community of Caring
531 Speedwell Ave, Morris Plains, NJ 07950     973-538-2224

Planning Board

About the Board

The Planning Board is responsible for generating and updating the Borough’s Master Plan, reviewing subdivision and site plan applications, creating official maps and associated zoning ordinances. The Board may assemble data for planning purposes, and perform other advisory duties upon request by the Borough Council.

The Planning Board functions under the authority of the Municipal Land Use Law of New Jersey, NJ.SA. 40:55 D and Borough Code Chapter 13 Land Development.


The Planning Board has nine members. Three Board members are municipal officials: the Mayor or his designee; a representative from the Borough Council; and an official of the Borough other than a member of the Borough Council. All members are appointed by the Mayor.

Member NameTerm Expires
Steve Augenblick, Class IV12/31/2024
John Bezold, Class IV12/31/2025
Frank J. Druetzler, Class II12/31/2024
Mayor Jason C. Karr, Class I12/31/2023
Ron Kelly,  Class IV12/31/2026
Suzanne McCluskey, Chair, Class IV12/31/2026
Marianne Steckert, Class IV12/31/2027
Michael Garavaglia, Class IV12/31/2027
Cathie Kelly, Council Liaison12/31/2024

*Members can be reappointed after term expires.

Link here for a definition of Planning Board classes of membership.

Karen Coffey, Board Secretary
Office Hours: Mon – Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

William Ryden, Borough Engineer
Elizabeth Leheny, Borough Planner
Christopher Falcon, Board Attorney

Meeting Dates

Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted, at Borough Hall Council Chambers. 

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View the most recent agenda and minutes here.

Brief Overview of Roles and Procedures of the Planning Board

The primary functions of the Planning Board involve review and approval (or denial) of subdivision and site plan applications, creation of the official maps and reviews associated with zoning ordinances. The Board is also empowered to review and approve certain variances (departures from zoning ordinances) in conjunction with development applications. The Planning Board also prepares and updates the Borough’s Master Plan and assembles data for planning purposes and performs other advisory duties upon request by the Governing Body.

The process for proceeding with applications for development starts with the submission of an application form, which can be obtained from the Planning Board Secretary. There is a checklist for each type of application which sets forth the documents and information which must be submitted prior to consideration by the Board. The Applicant is also required to submit a fee for the application and to provide funds to be held in escrow to pay for certain costs incurred by the Board in considering the application. Once the application submission is complete, the Applicant is notified of the date on which the matter will be heard by the Board. The Applicant must publish a notice of the meeting in the local newspaper and to mail the notice to all property owners within 200 feet of the property, information which can be obtained by the Borough. During the hearing on the application, the Board will hear testimony and review documents in support of the Application as well as from the Board’s professional consultants and interested members of the public. At the conclusion of the hearing the Board will vote on the Application.

2018 Master Plan Re-examination Report

View the Master Plan Re-Examination PDF here.

Contact the Planning Board

Karen Coffey, Board Secretary

Office Hours:
Mon – Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Planning Board Announcements