Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission advises the Township’s Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment on all matters pertaining to historic districts, sites and structures in the historic inventory; manages preservation and restoration activities; and reviews all associated building permit issues.

This commission meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00p.m. in Conference Room A in the Municipal Building.

Questions can be directed to:
Joseph Haggerty, Historic Commission Administrator
908.212.7000 x 421

2018 Commission

Name
Current Term
Expires
Sean Blinn
12/31/19
Wendy Weinstein Hickey 12/31/18
Dr. Felicia Nace 12/31/18
Pamela V. Jeanes 12/31/21
John Smith 12/31/20
Vijaya Shetty, Alt. #1
12/31/19
Alyssa Horwitz, Alt. 2 12/31/18

13-806.5 Actions Requiring Review by the Historic Preservation Commission.

a. All actions that affect the exterior of an improvement to a designated historic site or within a designated historic district as listed in subsection 13-806.4a. and 13-806.4b. shall be reviewed by the Commission. Such review shall be required for the following actions:

1. Demolition of an improvement within a historic district or at a historic site.

2. Relocation of an improvement within a historic district or at a historic site.

3. Change in the exterior appearance of an improvement within a historic district or at a historic site by addition, alteration or replacement.

4. Site plans or subdivisions affecting an improvement within a historic district or a historic site.

5. Any new construction of an improvement in a historic district or at a historic site.

6. Changes in, or addition of, signs or exterior lighting for an improvement within a historic district or at a historic site.

7. Zoning variances affecting an improvement within a historic district or at a historic site.

(Ord. #95-28, §1)

13-806.6 Actions Not Requiring Review by the Historic Preservation Commission.

a. Changes to the interior of structures.

b. Ordinary repairs and maintenance which do not constitute a change to the appearance of the structure. The following are the only activities which do not require Commission review according to this criteria:

1. Repair of existing windows and doors, using the same materials. This does not include replacement of existing windows and doors.

2. Maintenance and repair of existing roof material, involving no change in the design, scale, material or appearance of the structure. This does not include complete replacement of existing roof materials.

3. Repair of existing roof structures, such as cupolas, dormers, and chimneys, using the same materials, which will not alter the exterior architectural appearance of the structure.

4. Maintenance and repair of existing shingles, clapboards, or other siding, using the same materials and details that are being repaired or maintained.

5. Repairs to existing signs, shutters, outdoor displays, fences, hedges, street furniture, awnings, off-street driveway and parking materials and sidewalks using the same material for those items noted above being repaired. This does not include replacement of those existing items.

6. Painting of the exterior of a structure.

c. When a structure within a designated historic district or at a designated historic site requires immediate or emergency repair to preserve the continued habitability of the structure and/or the health, safety and welfare, of the occupants, such repairs may be performed in accordance with the Township Codes and Ordinances, without the necessity of first obtaining the Commission's review. Under such circumstances, the repairs shall be limited to those necessary to protect the health and safety of the occupants as determined by the Township Construction Code Official. In such case, the property owner shall immediately notify the Commission of such repairs, and request a review of proposed activities as soon as possible. The Chairperson may call a special meeting of the Commission in accordance with the provisions for emergency review in cases of emergency which call for extensive repairs or alterations.

(Ord. #95-28, §1)