Mandatory Education for new Board Members

Purpose and Background
On July 7, 2005 an act providing for the mandatory, one-time training of planning and zoning board (and consolidated land use board) members was signed into law. (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-23.3 and 23.4) The training consists of five contact hours within the same calendar day. Areas of study include: the roles and responsibilities of planning and zoning board members under the MLUL, understanding the master plan and sub-elements and its relationship to other local, regional and state planning documents and the local development application review process. Each participant will complete a simple standardized test at the end of the course. All board members are required to satisfactorily complete this course and pass the test.
The purpose of the course is to provide a uniform educational experience for all planning and zoning board members throughout the state and to provide the basic practical information they will need to fulfill their responsibilities. The course is offered regionally and frequently. Both the instructors and their course schedules are subject to change.

Step by Step Instructions to Register using the NJPO website.
Land Use Law & Planning Training Program (NJSA 5:87) - DCA website
Frequently Asked Questions - DCA website
Suggested Reading List - DCA website
Waiver request form - DCA website