Zoning Board of Adjustment

About the Board

The Zoning Board of Adjustment reviews departures from the Borough’s Zoning requirements. The Board’s principal duties are to hear appeals of the Zoning Officer’s decisions and consider requests for variances from the strict application of the zoning ordinance.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment reviews applications for variances known as “C” variances and “D” variances:

  • “C” variance, also known as a “hardship variance” – an application for a “C” variance requests to allow departure from zoning bulk dimensional requirements of the ordinance when existing constraints of the property, size, area, shape or topographic conditions may prevent compliance with the zoning regulations for that property.
  • “D” variance – an application for a “D” variance requests relief from one or more of the following:
    • Use not permitted in the Zone
    • Expansion of existing non-conforming use
    • Increase above permitted Floor Area Ratio
    • Increase in permitted density
    • Increase above permitted height, when the proposed height exceeds the height permitted in the zone by 10 feet or 10 percent

In addition to considering applications for variances, the Zoning Board of Adjustment reviews requests for appeals of the decision of the Zoning Officer and requests for interpretation of the Borough’s Zoning Map or Ordinance.

Note that the Planning Board may, under certain circumstances, consider applications for “C” variances, but only the Zoning Board of Adjustment may consider applications for “D” variances.

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


Regular members serve a four-year term. Alternates serve a two-year term. The Board of Adjustment has seven members and up to four alternate members appointed by the Mayor.

MemberTerm Expires*
David C. Schulz, Chair12/31/22
Michael Bozza, Vice Chair12/31/23
Mark Karr12/31/23
John (Jack) Cox12/31/22
Shaji Eapen12/31/21
Robert Webster12/31/21
Douglas McCabe12/31/24
Lisa Cortese, Alternate I12/31/22
Daniel Rizos, Alternate II12/31/21
Frank J. Druetzler, Alternate III12/31/21

*Members can be reappointed after term expires.

Karen Coffey, Board Secretary  
Leon Hall, PE, Anderson & Denzler Associates, Inc, Borough Engineer 
Elizabeth Leheny, PP,  Phippips Preiss Grygiel Leheny Hughes, LLC, Borough Planner  
Michael Sullivan, Esq., Stickel Koenig, Sullivan and Drill, LLC, Board Attorney 

Meeting Dates

Regular meetings are held at 7:30 PM on the fourth Monday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Due to revised procedures associated with public health restrictions, please check the meeting notice for meeting location and/or virtual meeting instructions.

For 2021: February 22nd, March 22nd, April 26th, May 24th, June 28th, July 26th, August 23rd,  September 27th, October 25th, November 22nd, December 20th, In addition, the annual Reorganization meeting is scheduled for January 24th, 2022.

Check the Borough Calendar for Special Meeting dates that may arise.

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval by the Board.

View the most recent agendas and minutes here.

Contacting the Board

For information regarding Board of Adjustment matters, email Karen Coffey, Board Secretary, at kcoffey@morrisplainsboro.org  or call the Borough Annex at 973-538-0325 between 8:30AM and 4:30PM Monday – Friday.

Volunteer Request for the Board

To be considered for a future open position on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, click here to complete the Volunteer Form.

Related Documents

The documents below can assist you in preparing to participate in a municipal land use board meeting. Please click on the subject to download a PDF document.