Borough of Sussex

Settled in 1742

Planning/Zoning Board

The planning/zoning office is located in the Boro Hall at 2 Main Street.

A zoning application is required as a condition precedent to the commencement of a use or the erection, construction, reconstruction, restoration, alteration, conversion, or installation of a structure or building, which acknowledges that such use, structure, or building complies with the provisions of the municipal zoning ordinance. NOTE: This document is NOT a building permit. A building permit MUST be obtained prior to the commencement of any construction/repair. Should the approval be denied an applicant may request to go to the Land Use Board for consideration of said intent. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to call us for advice and assistance.

Board Secretary

Dixie Ferrington
phone: 973-875-4831


Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Sussex Borough Municipal Building. Meeting dates are subject to change - please refer to the Meetings page for the latest meeting information. Agendas and Minutes of meetings can also be found on the meetings page.


Memorializing Resolution of the Sussex Borough Planning/Zoning Board in the matter of Adoption of the Sussex Borough Master Plan Re-examination.
Decided: February 26, 2024. Memorialized: March 25, 2024.
Read Resolution

Recommending Block 408, Lot 6, Block 406, Lots 1, 2, 4 & 8 as an Area in Need of Redevelopment.
Decided: February 12, 2024. Memorialized: March 25, 2024.
Read Resolution

2023 Board Members

Name Class Term Expires
Edward Meyer Class I Member (Mayor) 1-yr term 12/31/23
Jaime Boffa Class II Member 1-yr term 12/31/23
Frank Dykstra Class III Member (Council Rep) 1-yr term 12/31/23
Karen VanderVeer Class IV Member 4-yr term 12/31/23
Rich Klein Class IV Member 4-yr term 12/31/24
Earl Snook Class IV Member 4-yr term 12/31/23
Damaris Lira Class IV Member 4-yr term 12/31/24
Charles McKay Class IV Member 4-yr term 12/31/26
Katherine Kuperus Class IV Member 4-yr term 12/31/26
Nanette Fandino-Diaz Alternate I 2-yr term 12/31/23
Brad Case Alternate II 2-yr term 12/31/23
Joseph Luna Alternate III 2-yr term 12/31/24
Bruce Kristiansen Alternate IV 2-yr term 12/31/24

Become Involved

Members of the Planning/Zoning Board are volunteers appointed by the Mayor. If you are interested in serving on this board please download the volunteer form, complete, and return to Boro Hall.

Neighborhood Plan

The Neighborhood Plan 2021-31 was developed with input and involvement from a diverse mix of neighborhood stakeholders including residents, business owners, non-profit leaders, and elected officials. Through the guidance of a representative Steering Committee with input from the public, the Borough Council and the Mayor’s office, three goals were identified:

  1. Cultivate an Inclusive, Safe, and Proud Neighborhood
  2. Create Prosperity for All
  3. Establish a Safe, Stable, and Affordable Place to Call Home

These broad goals help organize a set of strategies that include establishing new parks and paths, enhancing the Main Street business district, bringing more visitors to the neighborhood for events and amenities, creating increased community engagement, and increasing home ownership and property maintenance. The plan that follows describes key characteristics of the neighborhood, outlines in detail the strategies and activities aligned with the identified goals, and delineates the process by which community members were engaged in the formation of this document.

Click here to view the Neighborhood Plan 2021-31 1.5MB PDF, opens in a new window

Economic Development Plan

The Borough of Sussex Economic Development Master Plan Element was prepared for the Sussex Borough Planning and Zoning Board on July 7, 2022. Sussex Borough adopted its most recent municipal master plan in 2009. The master plan met the statutory requirements listed above, but its scope did not include an economic plan element. Upon adoption by the Sussex Borough Planning Board, this Economic Development Master Plan Element will serve as an amendment to the Borough’s Master Plan.

Click here to view the Economic Development Master Plan Element 20MB PDF, opens in a new window.

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