Vernon Township

21 Church Street, Vernon, NJ 07462
Phone: 973.764.4055

Land Use Board

About the Board

The Vernon Township Land Use Board is a quasi-judicial body meaning it operates similar to a court of law but is not as strict. It hears two different types of applications—those which are generally in compliance with the township’s land development regulations and those which are not.

Permitted use applications include site plan and subdivision applications, conditional use permits, related bulk “C” and “D” variances, encroachment permits and site plan waiver requests. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that these applications are in conformance with the township Master Plan and development ordinances, that they satisfy public safety concerns, meet generally accepted design standards and require no variances.

Nonpermitted use applications may or may not require variances. The board hears requests for providing an applicant relief from zoning requirements which are nonconforming. Its decisions are based upon the ability of an applicant to prove his/her case in accordance with the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL).

2024 Land Use Board Roster

John Auberger
Term Ends 1/15/2025

Andrea Cocula
Term Ends 12/2024

Jacqueline Haley
Term Ends 12/2025

Ann Larsen
Term Ends 1/15/2026

Willard McPeek
Term Ends 12/2025

Richard Spoerl
Term Ends 1/15/2028

Martin Theobald
Term Ends 12/2024

Michael Whitaker
Term Ends 12/2026

Council Member William Higgins
Term Ends 1/15/2025

Jodi A White- Bearstler
Alternate 1
Term Ends 1/15/2026

Mark Heftler
Alternate 2
Term Ends 12/2024

Paul Mele
Alternate 3
Term Ends 12/2024

Mark Vizzini
Alternate 4
Term Ends 1/15/2026

Land Use Board Professionals

Board Attorney
Glenn C. Kienz, Weiner Law Group LLP

Board Engineer
Cory Stoner, Harold E. Pellow & Associates, Inc.

Board Planner
Jessica Caldwell, J. Caldwell & Associates, LLC


Vernon Township

21 Church Street
Vernon, NJ 07462

Phone: 973.764.4055 

Township Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Emergencies Dial 9-1-1
Non-Emergencies Dial 973-764-6155


Current Agendas

Township Council

Land Use Board