Commission | Planning Board |
Zoning Board | Environmental
Industrial Commission shall constitute the corporate instrumentality
of the City of Vineland, for the following purposes:
To inquire into, survey and publicize the extent, advantages
and utility of the vacant lands of the City of Vineland, whether
municipally owned or otherwise.
To classify such vacant lands according to their adaptability
for the settlement thereon of various types of industrial
To study and analyze the various industries of the nation
and, to the extent it deems necessary for its purposes, the
industries of other nations, with a view to ascertaining the
opportunities for the industrial expansion of the City of
Vineland. In this connection, the reports, records, statistics,
compendiums and similar documents of existing federal, state,
county, municipal and other governmental and public agencies,
as well as of responsible private institutions, boards, agencies
and similar bodies interested in the compilation of the information
relating to industry, shall be resorted to, wherever possible,
in order to avoid unnecessary original research and gathering
of source material.
To advertise the industrial advantages and opportunities of
the City of Vineland and the availability of real estate within
the City of Vineland for industrial settlement and to encourage
and accomplish such industrial settlement within the City
To solicit the several industries to purchase or lease the
vacant lands and property of or in the City of Vineland.
To accomplish the sale or lease of the City of Vineland's
vacant lands to industries whose settlement thereon is best
calculated, in the judgment of the Commission, to advance
the interests of the City of Vineland and of its citizens
To acquire title to vacant land owned by the City of Vineland
for the purpose of resale or lease to industries whose presence
within the City of Vineland will benefit, in the judgment
of the Commission, its citizens and inhabitants.
of the major responsibilities of the Planning Board is the
development and adoption of the City
Master Plan, which is the vision for the future growth
of the community. The City's Master Plan was last amended
in 2008. The Board also reviews and approves development plans,
when the use is permitted. When the use isn't permitted, the
Zoning Board of Adjustment has jurisdiction. The Planning
Board is also required by State Statute to review many documents
and plans to determine consistency with the Master Plan. The
Planning Board is
also advisory to the Administration in matters related to
the physical development of the City, such as the Land Use
Ordinance, the Capital Improvement Program, the School Facilities
Plan and redevelopment projects.
Board of Adjustment consists of seven (7) regular members
and two (2) alternate members appointed by the governing body.
The Board of Adjustment is empowered by state law to hear
and decide appeals where it is alleged by the appellant that
there is an error in any order, requirement, decision or refusal
made by an administrative officer based on or made in the
enforcement of the local zoning ordinance. Also, the Board
may hear and decide requests for interpretation of the zoning
map or ordinance.
Most common applications involve a request for a variance
from the strict application of the zoning regulations of the
City of Vineland. No variance or other relief may be granted
by the Board unless such variance or other relief can be granted
without substantial detriment to the public good and will
not substantially impair the intent and purpose of the zone
plan and zoning ordinance of the City of Vineland.
Environmental Commission consists of seven (7) volunteer members
appointed by the Mayor and meets once a month.
The Commission conducts research into the use and possible
use of open land areas within the City of Vineland, compiles
and maintains an index of all open areas, publicly and privately
owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands,
in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas.
Commission studies and makes recommendations concerning open-space
preservation, water-resources management, air-pollution control,
solid-waste management, noise control, soil and landscape
protection, environmental appearance, marine resources and
protection of flora and fauna, and also may recommend to the
City Planning board plans and programs for inclusion in the
Master Plan of the City of Vineland.
Environmental Commission may acquire property in the name
of the City of Vineland, and may adopt reasonable rules and
regulations for the use of the property acquired and to govern
the conduct of persons while on or using this property. There
are several natural areas for passive recreation in the City
which the Environmental Commission currently oversees and
maintains with the assistance of the Public Works Department
and numerous volunteer groups.
Commission also informs the public about local environmental
programs and conducts public education events and other volunteer
Commission also organizes and implements tree plantings within
the city on publicly-owned property through Arbor Day programs
and grants received from NJ State. There is a City of Vineland
Tree Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Environmental
Commission, to handle other tree related issues. The Commission
has a 5-year Community Forestry Management Plan on file with
the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry.
Environmental Commission and the Tree Committee meets every
2nd Monday of the month at the City of Vineland Fourth Floor
Conference Room, 640 E. Wood Street, Vineland, New Jersey
08360. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.