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New Jersey Planning Officials

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Chambers of Commerce & Business Leagues, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development

Mission: The New Jersey Planning Officials conducts meetings and prints publications to assist municipal planning officials in the performance of their duties

Target demographics: Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment members to make better land use decisions

Direct beneficiaries per year: 900+ board members receive certification.

Geographic areas served: New Jersey

Programs: the basic accreditation program as stipulated by New Jersey law as well as publishing topical and timely articles in our Planner periodical.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with the New Jersey Planning Officials since 1990 and have proudly served it in numerous capacities. Founded in 1938, NJPO is the oldest planning, zoning and land use organization in New Jersey and one of the oldest of its kind in the United States. NJPO provides municipal officials in the land use process with a non-partisan storehouse of substantive and procedural information, training, legal counsel and support. NJPO also tirelessly and effectively advocates for the ethical and independent administration of planning and zoning matters.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I have been belonged to the New Jersey Planning Officials since 1990. The NJPO, formed in 1938, is the oldest leading source of planning information and expertise to planning and zoning board members in our state. NJPO is staffed by dedicated experts and numerous unpaid volunteers who give significant quantities of their time and expertise for the training and education of new and experienced board members, zoning officers and administrators. NJPO also acts as a trusted advocate for municipal autonomy and "home rule" in the formulation and enforcement of planning law and regulations.


Rating: 5

I have spent the past 28 years as a member of this organization. Over that period, I have had the pleasure of teaching the Board member courses and contributing to the master plan guide. The information provided to lay planning members has proven to be of great assistance to them in the performance of their duties as board members,