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Planning Board

Prior to the issuance of any building permit by a municipal building official or any other agency or individual with authority to approve a site plan or issue a building permit, the site plan for any proposed land development along County roads or which will cause storm water to drain either directly or indirectly to a County road or through any drainage-way, structure, pipe, culvert or facility for which the County is responsible for the construction , maintenance or proper functioning shall be submitted to the County Planning Board for review and approval.


On January 23, 1929, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders found that “with the advent of new tunnels and bridges from New York City to New Jersey, the growth and development of the County of Passaic with corresponding increase in population, will ensue” and that “preparations should be made for the adoption of a plan for the betterment and the systematic development of the County.” The first Commission consisted of six men and one woman from Paterson, Clifton, Passaic, Hawthorne and Totowa.  The first meeting of the Passaic County Planning Commission was held on Wednesday, March 13, 1929 in the Passaic County Courthouse at 8:00 P.M.

The Passaic County Planning Commission was reorganized as the Passaic County Planning Board in 1936.