The Department of Community Development consists of the following divisions under the direction of Himanshu Shah, Business Administrator.
The Building Department/Code Enforcement who is responsible for the issuance of all construction permits and enforces all local and state ordinances for property maintenance, zoning and housing.
The Planning Division processes applications for developments and variances. It is responsible for maintaining current application files for public review in addition to keeping minutes and records of all planning board and zoning board proceedings. The planning department maintains the master plan, land development ordinance, zoning map and administrative files in accordance with Municipal Land Use Law and administers escrow accounts for review of development applications in addition to preparing planning reports and reviews for the boards.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was established by the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended (42 USC 5301, et seq.). Subsequent legislation and regulations (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 - Public Law 97-34, and 24 CFR Part 570, Subpart I) allowed states to administer the program for smaller cities and counties.
The primary federal objective of the CDBG program is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. "Persons of low and moderate income" or the "targeted income group" (TIG) are defined as families, households, and individuals whose incomes do not exceed 80 percent of the county median income, with adjustments for family or household size.
Each year the program makes funds available to eligible jurisdictions through several allocations: General and Native American, Economic Development, Planning and Technical Assistance, and Colonies. Notices of Funding Availability are published for each allocation, as the funds become available. Successful applicants enter into contracts with the State to complete the specified activities with the grant funds.
Phone: (732) 721-5600, Ext. 2375
Fax: (732) 607-7941