SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Village of South Orange is seeking public input about the newly released draft of the South Orange Master Plan.

A master plan “is a governing document that articulates a community’s vision for its future and establishes a framework of policies to enact it,” as defined in the South Orange Master Plan’s introduction.

The Village’s Master Plan has not been updated in 40 years, contrary to New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Law requirement that it be updated every 10 years.  

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Village President Sheena Collum and the South Orange Board of Trustees posted the draft at, where Collum wrote, “This planning process began with one of the most robust outreach efforts ever undertaken, with large and small-scale community conversations and forums, a variety of surveys, and more.

We want to make sure that we conclude in the same collaborative manner and invite each of you to offer your feedback on the draft plan.”

The 244-page document includes an affirmation of principles for the town, including equity, inclusion, balance, prosperity, pragmatism, and vitality. It also addresses topics such as mobility, land use and community form, and historic preservation.

The feedback questionnaire is available until February 1. 



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