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Master Plan Housing Element Open to Public Review

Post Date:07/17/2017 10:48 AM

SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione invites the public to review and comment on the updated Housing Element of the Somerset County Master Plan.

Residents can view the plan online at http://bit.ly/SCHousingElement or in person at the Somerset County Planning Board office, located in the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The Somerset County Planning Board embarked on the process of updating the 1987 Housing Element of the County Master Plan over a year ago by developing a Housing Trends Assessment Report,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione, planning division liaison. “The driving force behind this plan is to create quality communities together, and we welcome feedback from our residents.”

The report documents changing trends and issues affecting housing supply and demand, including economic and demographic forces, policies and regulations, and emerging planning priorities, such as the cost-effective and reliable delivery of public infrastructure and services that support healthy lifestyles.  The report served as a platform for updating the 1987 Housing Element.

The county planning staff held several meetings and worked directly with municipalities, stakeholders and the general public to create the draft updated Housing Element, which was the topic of a public meeting held on June 28.  Feedback on the draft plan will continue to be accepted through July 31.  Comments can be submitted via e-mail to PlanningBd@co.somerset.nj.us.

Comments received at the public meeting and during the month will be considered when refining the draft plan. The final draft will be the subject of a public hearing on Sept. 19 at 4:45 p.m. in the third-floor freeholders’ meeting room in the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville. 

For further information, contact Somerset County Planning Director Walter Lane, AICP/PP, at PlanningBd@co.somerset.nj.us or (908) 231-7021. 

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