New Jersey Statutes Title 40. Municipalities and Counties 40 § 55D-25

a. The planning board shall follow the provisions of this act and shall accordingly exercise its power in regard to:

(1) The master plan pursuant to article 3;  1

(2) Subdivision control and site plan review pursuant to article 6;  2

(3) The official map pursuant to article 5;  3

(4) The zoning ordinance including conditional uses pursuant to article 8;  4

(5) The capital improvement program pursuant to article 4;  5

(6) Variances and certain building permits in conjunction with subdivision, site plan and conditional use approval pursuant to article 7.  6

b. The planning board may:

(1) Participate in the preparation and review of programs or plans required by State or federal law or regulation;

(2) Assemble data on a continuing basis as part of a continuous planning process;  and

(3) Perform such other advisory duties as are assigned to it by ordinance or resolution of the governing body for the aid and assistance of the governing body or other agencies or officers.

c. (1) In a municipality having a population of 15,000 or less, a nine-member planning board, if so provided by ordinance, shall exercise, to the same extent and subject to the same restrictions, all the powers of a board of adjustment;  but the Class I and the Class III members shall not participate in the consideration of applications for development which involve relief pursuant to subsection d. of section 57 of P.L.1975, c. 291 ( C.40:55D-70 ).

(2) In any municipality, a nine-member planning board, if so provided by ordinance, subject to voter referendum, shall exercise, to the same extent and subject to the same restrictions, all the powers of a board of adjustment;  but the Class I and the Class III members shall not participate in the consideration of applications for development which involve relief pursuant to subsection d. of section 57 of P.L.1975, c. 291 ( C.40:55D-70 ).

d. In a municipality having a population of 2,500 or less, the planning board, if so provided by ordinance, shall exercise, to the same extent and subject to the same restrictions, all of the powers of an historic preservation commission, provided that at least one planning board member meets the qualifications of a Class A member of an historic preservation commission and at least one member meets the qualifications of a Class B member of that commission.

e. In any municipality in which the planning board exercises the power of a zoning board of adjustment pursuant to subsection c. of this section, a zoning board of adjustment may be appointed pursuant to law, subject to voter referendum permitting reconstitution of the board.  The public question shall be initiated through an ordinance adopted by the governing body.

1 N.J.S.A. § 40:55D-28 et seq.
2 N.J.S.A. § 40:55D-37 et seq.
3 N.J.S.A. § 40:55D-32 et seq.
4 N.J.S.A. § 40:55D-62 et seq.
5 N.J.S.A. § 40:55D-29 et seq.
6 N.J.S.A. § 40:55D-60 et seq.

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