Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:00pm

(201) 664-1849

Board Hours & Contact

Meetings are held in the Borough Hall Council Chambers at 7:00pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Ms. Diane Frohlich
Land Use Secretary

(201) 664-1849 Ext. 22

Hours are available by appointment, please email or call to request an appointment!

Board Members

Thomas Gallagher Class I
Anna Haverilla Class II
William Boyce Class III
William Weidmann Class IV
Nick Mamary Class IV
Charles Maggio Class IV
Michael Alessi Class IV
David Keil Class IV
Daniel Eller Class IV
Nicki Louloudis Alt # 1
Robert Scozzafava Alt # 2
David Holloway Alt #3
Vicken Bedian # 4
Robert Regan, Esq., Board Attorney
Thomas Skrable, Borough Engineer
John Szabo, Planner
Diane Frohlich, Land Use Secretary

Planning Board Information

An Overview

The Planning Board consists of volunteer residents appointed by the Mayor & Council who are responsible for preparing the Borough Master Plan in compliance with provisions of the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL) and who are responsible for reviewing zoning ordinances referred to them by the Mayor & Council.

The Planning Board reviews and acts on the following:

  • Applications for subdivision approval
  • Applications for site plan approval
  • Applications for use permits
  • Revisions to the Borough Zoning Ordinance
  • Variance Applications

The Planning Board consists of nine members and four alternate members. The Board is assisted by a professional staff consisting of an attorney, a professional planner, a Borough engineer, an administrative officer, Recording Secretary, and a Board secretary/Land Use Administrator.

Our printed agenda is available before all our meetings. It is posted at the Borough Hall at least 48 hours before the meeting and can also be found on the Old Tappan website click on the agenda link above. The applications will first be reviewed for completeness at a work session meeting. This session does not contemplate public comment.


When an application is announced by the Chairperson, the applicant comes forward, introduces him/herself, affirms that his/her testimony will be truthful (sworn in) and then explains the nature of the application. He/she will then give testimony. If there are any witnesses they will also be sworn in and give testimony. If the applicant is represented by an attorney, the attorney presents the application and the order of witnesses.

All applicants will provide testimony themselves and have the option of having witnesses testimony to support their applications.

Following the testimony of each witness the Board will ask questions and seek clarifications needed for an informed vote. The Chairperson will then ask if there are any questions of the witness by the Board and the Board professionals. This will take place after each witness. This time is designated for questions of each witnesses testimony and comments by the Board. Once the Board has completed this process, the Chairperson will open the meeting to the public.

During the public participation portion of the meeting, if the public has a question or comment, raise your hand. When the Chairperson recognizes you, please stand, walk to the microphone, and you will be sworn in by the Board Attorney. State your name and address and ask your questions. The public is generally limited to five  minutes per person to ensure adequate time for all speakers for all applications that night. Circumstances to a particular application may differ and any time extensions or speaking will be adjusted by the Chairperson. The applicant also has the right to cross-examine any members of the public who speak, either for or against the application. Statements from the public should be supportable and not hearsay, such as petitions and wishes.

The Chairperson has the right to close the public portion of a hearing if he feels that the audience is unruly or is making comments that are not relevant to the case.

Some applications may take more than one meeting to complete. If this occurs, the Planning Board will continue the hearing at a future meeting date that will be announced at the hearing. Because the applicant does not need to notify the public about a future meeting, please listen for the verbal announcement of future or rescheduled meetings. You can always confirm a continuation or rescheduling by calling the Land Use Administrator or checking the agenda online.

A record of the Public Hearing is recorded and a Recording Secretary is also present. When you speak, please speak slowly and clearly. All witnesses must state their names and their addresses. Only the Chairperson may decide who speaks at a given time. Comments from the audience are not allowed.

By following the above procedure, your input will have maximum impact for the Board's deliberations. Please be reminded that all applications are judged on their individual merits. The Board cannot predetermine the outcome of an application.

We hope your participation will be effective and satisfying. Thank you for attending and participating in the Municipal Land Use process.

Meeting Information

Planning Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Borough Council Chambers
Masks are required if not vaccinated.


6-22-22 Special Meeting Cancelled
As agendas become available, a few days prior to each meeting, they will be posted on the website.  They will be kept on the website until the next meeting.   The Agenda posted on the website is not the "official" Agenda and all Agendas are subject to change.
To view previous please see Meeting Documents below. 

Meeting Schedule

13 Jul
Planning Board
Date 7:00 pm
10 Aug
Planning Board
7:00 pm
14 Sep
Planning Board
7:00 pm
12 Oct
Planning Board
7:00 pm
9 Nov
Planning Board
7:00 pm