BERNARDS TWP., NJ -- The Bernards Township Planning Board is scheduled on Tuesday night to continue its detailed look at the town's Master Plan that sets an overview not only for zoning but for many other aspects of local life, with historic preservation and utility services on the agenda for this week.

The Bernards Planning Board began its once-a-decade review of the township Master Plan and development regulations in April, with a stated goal of completing the re-examination process by a year later, in April 2020.

"Ultimately, it [the Master Plan] translates into the character of the community we live in," The board's professional planner, David Banisch, said at that time.

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Board Chair Katherine "Kippy" Piedici said at the time that public comment would be allowed after the board presentations and discussions on the many sections of the Master Plan.

This week's meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the main meeting room at the municipal building at 1 Collyer Lane in downtown Basking Ridge. 

The other elements of the Master Plan due to be discussed at Tuesday's meeting include utility services, and a comparison to other plans.

In April Planning Board members were asked to submit a statement of goals and objectives that can be included in passage of an updated Master Plan, which was last revised in 2010, Banisch said in April.

The process started in April with an overview of local planning as it now exists, and also where exceptions have been made for state-ordered affordable housing and the creation of a Golf Heritage Zone. 

The newer housing and golf heritage zones "should be reflected in the land use plan," Banisch said.