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Planning Board

Planning Board of Avon-by-the-Sea
301 Main Street
Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ 07717
Office- 732-502-4510 / Fax- 732-774-0605
Sheila Sullivan, Planning Board Secretary

Planning Board Application Information

In accordance with the rules and regulations of the Open Public Meetings Law, please be advised that the Avon-By-The-Sea Planning Board meeting will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at 301 Main Street by means of electronic communication equipment only.  To access the meeting, you may go to the Zoom website using the link below and/or by using the telephone numbers listed below to access the meeting by audio only.   

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April 8th Variance Applications
Robert & Margaret Desteno
9 Washington Ave. Block 54 Lot 8
T&M Review Letter
9 Washington Ave. Brochure
9 Washington Ave. Topographical
9 Washington Ave. Variance Plan
9 Washington Ave. Photos
9 Washington Ave. Proof of Mailing/Publication

Paul & Joyce Amato
19 Washington Ave. Block 54 Lot 3
T&M Review Letter
19 Washington Ave. Response Letter to Planning Board
19 Washington Ave. Subdivision Plat 05r1
19 Washington Ave. Subdivision Plat 05r2

Anne & Roger Cummins
623 Main St. Block 10 Lot 1.01
T&M Review Letter
623 Main St. House Plans
623 Main St. Plot Plan
623 Main St. Zoning Denial Letter
623 Main St. Legal Notice
623 Main St. Proof of Publication

Avon Planning Board is formed under New Jersey Statute 40-55D. This statute is usually referred to as the Municipal Land Use Law of New Jersey (MLUL). This law allows Municipalities to establish boards in each community to make rules and decisions in regard to local land use. This state law (MLUL) provides for two boards known as the:

1. Municipal Planning Board
2. Zoning Board of Adjustment

In many small municipalities in New Jersey, such as Avon, the MLUL permits towns to combine the two boards into one board. This is what we have in Avon. One board called the Avon Planning Board that acts as both the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

When they act as a Planning Board, you can summarize the activities as a board of “permitted activities.” As a Planning Board, their essential duties are to deal with policy (the Master Plan), and the implementation of that policy through site plans and subdivision activities.

When acting as a Zoning Board, on the other hand, they become known as the board of uses not allowed. This is when they deal with the issuance of variances that are related to the town’s zoning ordinance, the Avon Land Development Ordinance.

Thus, the Avon Planning Board on one hand is a policy maker, and on the other hand it must assume the role of and act as an adjudicator.

The Avon Planning Board is comprised of eleven members, nine regular members and two alternate members. The terms of the members vary from two years to four years. The board meets at 7 PM on the second Thursday of each month when it has applications that require a hearing.

The majority of the work of the Avon Planning Board is the hearing of appeals for variances. This occurs when an individual requests a Building Permit from the Construction Code Official, and the application is rejected because the applicant has requested to do something not allowed by the Avon Land Development Ordinance. In this case, the applicant has the right to appeal this decision to the Avon Planning Board and request a Variance, which is a petition to do something not allowed by the Land Development Ordinance.

After completing the application procedure, the applicant is given a date for a hearing before the Planning Board. At this hearing the applicant will present the case to the board. The board will then make a decision to allow, or not to allow the variance.

All Planning Board meetings are open to the public and every hearing has a time for the public to speak. If any members of the public are interested in a particular application that is being heard they may attend the meeting and ask questions, or make their feelings known to the board. This is the time that board members are made aware of the concerns, feelings, support for, or opposition to an application by the members of the public, other property owners, and/or neighbors of the applicant.

Avon Planning Board Members

  • Sheila Sullivan, Planning Board Secretary
  • Richard Maloney, Chairman
  • Teresa Egan, Vice Chairman
  • Ed Bonanno, Mayor
  • Robert Mahon, Commissioner
  • Mark Kitrick, Attorney
  • Michael Davey, Regular Member
  • Vincent Ernst, Regular Member
  • Marie Kenny, Regular Member
  • Jack Ryan, Regular Member
  • Calvin Talmage, Regular Member
  • Sandra McLaughlin, Alternate 1
  • Francis McGovern, Alternate 2
  • Joseph Oldakowski, Alternate 3
  • Steve Mazouat, Alternate 4