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The project logo Westfield Master Plan Reexamination

Welcome to the Town of Westfield's Master Plan Reexamination website. We have reexamined the previous 2009 Master Plan and prepared a 2019 Master Plan Reexamination Report to shape the physical, social, environmental, and economic future of the community.  The Master Plan Reexam Master Plan provides a framework for preserving the Town's character, supporting investment, and promoting desired changes.

 

The 2019 Master Plan Reexamination Report was adopted by the Planning Board on December 19, 2019 and the project is now complete.  We thank you for your participation.

This site will no longer be updated.  

The Adopted Master Plan Reexamination Report can be viewed HERE.

Download Appendices HERE

Learn about the Reexamination Process!

Download the Master Plan Reexamination Flyer to find out more information about the study

Get involved!

See the survey results at the bottom of this webpage. 

View the presenatation from the Town-wide meeting held on October 2nd here.

Quick guide to using PublicInput.com

Creating an account – You have many choices when participating on the PublicInput.com page. You can choose to sign up with your existing Facebook, Twitter, or Google account, sign up with an email, or choose to participate anonymously.

Taking the survey – You can only take the survey once. Once you’ve submitted an answer, the response is logged, but you can always change it immediately or another time. The survey results will reflect any changes.

View results – Clicking on this function will display the question results based on everyone who has answered the question thus far.

Making comments – All entered comments will default to being publicy visible. You can modiy this setting by clicking on "Hide" under your comment. Note that we will not remove critical or negative comments unless they are defamatory, profane, or off-topic.

Hiding comments - If you choose to hide your comments, only yourself and the project team for the study can view your comment.

Agreeing with comments – You can reply to another participant’s comments, you click on “agree” below their comment to indicate your approval or agreement with what they’ve said.

Flagging comments – If you think a comment is unnecessary, or disrespectful, you can “flag” it for review by the moderation team.

Any comments, or questions? Email [email protected]

Who We Are

The Master Plan Reexamination process was facilitated by a Steering Committee, comprised of various town representatives from some of Westfield's Boards and Committees.

  • Mayor Shelley Brindle
  • Councilwoman Linda Habgood
     
  • Sherry Cronin, former Director - Downtown Westfield Corporation
  • James Gildea, Town Administrator
  • William Heinbokel, Past Chair, Board of Adjustment
  • Liz Jeffery, Economic Development Advisor
  • Kelly Kessler, Vice Chair, Historic Preservation Commission
  • Kathleen Miller Prunty, Acting Director - Downtown Westfield Corporation
  • Robert Newell, Chair, Planning Board
  • Gretchan Ohlig, Board of Education Representative
  • Donald Sammet, Town Planner
  • Alan Tremulak, Esq., Planning Board Attorney
     
  • Anastasia Harrison, Planning Board member, Steerling Committee alternate
  • Michael LaPlace, Planning Board member, Steering Committee alternate

 

H2M Associates and TimHaahs are assisting the Town of Westfield in the development of the Reexamination Report.

      

Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. What is a Reexamination Report?

    A Reexamination Report is a reassessment of a municipality's current Master Plan.
     
  2. Why is the Town doing a reexamination? 

    The New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law requires that each municipality reexamine its Master Plan and development regulations at least every 10 years. Specifically, the MLUL states:

    “The governing body shall, at least every ten years, provide for a general reexamination of its Master Plan and development regulations by the Planning Board, which shall prepare and adopt by resolution a report on the findings of such reexamination, a copy of which report and resolution shall be sent to the County Planning Board. A notice that the report and resolution have been prepared shall be sent to the municipal clerk of each adjoining municipality.”
     
  3. What is covered by the Reexamination Report?

The Reexamination Report reviews the adopted elements of the current adopted Master Plan, completed in 2002, and amended in subsequent years. The Master Plan addressed the following topics: Goals and Objectives, Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Community Facilities, Downtown Economic Development, and Historic Preservation.

In addition to the required Reexamination Report, we undertook a qualitative assessment of parking in the Downtown area of Westfield, and hosting a number of community engagement events where residents, business owners and other interested people have the opportunity to participate in the planning process.

  1. When will the report be completed? 

    The Town of Westfield Planning Board  adopted the 2019 Master Plan Reexamination Report on December 19, 2019.
     
  2. How can I participate?

    Valuable insight into the Master Plan Reexamination Report was collected through a Master Plan Reexam survey on this webpage and through participation at community workshops and events. 

 

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Project Kickoff

We started this project in December 2018

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Community Workshop #1

Thursday, March 21st, 7-9pm at the Edison Intermediate School Cafeteria

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Community Workshop #2

Wednesday, April 3rd, 7-9pm at the Town Hall Community Room

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Community Workshop #3

Wednesday, April 24th, 7-9pm at the Edison Intermediate School Cafeteria

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Community Workshop #4

Monday, April 29th, 7-9pm at the Town Hall Community Room

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Spring Fling

Westfield's Spring Fling, Sunday, May 5th, 10am-5pm in Downtown

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Planning Board Update

July 1st, 7:30pm at Town Hall

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Survey Closed

September 3rd - Thank you for your feedback, the survey is now closed.  Attend an upcoming fall workshop or attend the Reexamination Report's adoption hearing to provide additional feedback.

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Townwide Reexam Summary Meeting

Wednesday, October 2nd, 7pm at the Town Hall Community Room

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Adoption Hearing

Monday December 2nd,  7:30pm at Town Hall

Thursday December 19, 2019, 7:30pm at Town Hall

The previously scheduled Draft Master Plan Reexamination Report Public Hearing scheduled for 12/2 was POSTPONED due to inclement weather.

The Draft Master Plan Reexamination Report Public Hearing has been rescheduled as a Special Meeting of the Planning Board on December 19, 2019.

The report was adopted.

Westfield Master Planning Documents

 

The following documents are Westfield's previously existing planning documents.

These plans will form the basis for the new Reexamination Report.


2002 Master Plan


2009 Reexamination Report 

 

New Documents!

As the Reexamination process moves forward, we will be updating the page with summaries, reports, and photos of the information we have gathered and events we have held.

Mayor during Stakeholder Visioning MeetingBreakout Groups during Workshop

 

We have already selected two survey participants to win a Town of Westfield Parking Smart Card worth $50. Email subscription sign-up is now closed. Thank you for your participation.

The Parks and Recreation Plan can be viewed here.

Westfield also developed a new Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan, separate from this Reexamination Report process.
For more information on that plan, and to see survey results on the Town's parks and recreational offerings, also visit:

http://www.PublicInput.com/WestfieldParks

The Parks Survey is now closed

Select Continue to see survey results

Thank You, the survey is now closed.  We welcome additional feedback at our Townwide Fall Workshop on October 2nd and at the Reexamination Report adoption hearing on December 2nd.