Applications for Development

An application for development is required for approval of a variance, subdivision, site plan, or conditional use. Depending on the type of application, either the Planning Board of Board of Adjustment has jurisdiction to review the application. This document describes and summarizes the development application process. The process is as required by the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law and applicable Town of Westfield Land Development Regulations. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their application with staff prior to filing. Staff can assist with filing procedures and provide general guidance to applicants, including recommendations which may help to improve the application. Staff is always happy to assist you through the process. To request an appointment, contact Kristine Burd at 908.789.4100, ext. 4602.

Tree Preservation Plan and Tree Removal Applications

Certain applications for development require the submission of a Tree Removal Application. More Information on the Town's tree preservation ordinance and requirements can be found on the Tree Preservation Plan and Tree Removal Application page of the Town website. 

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Regulations

The Town of Westfield requires that certain developments provide electric vehicle charging stations. Details can be found in Article 24 of the Town Land Use Ordinance, entitled "Electric Vehicle Charging Regulations". In summary:

Beginning January 1, 2020, development in any of the following districts shall be required to provide electric vehicle infrastructure:

  • RA-1;
  • RA-2;
  • RA-3;
  • RA-4;
  • RA-5A;
  • RA-5B;
  • RA-5C;
  • NA-AH;
  • NS-AMFH;
  • O-1;
  • O-2;
  • GB-1;
  • GB-2;
  • GB-3;
  • C;
  • CBD; and
  • All Affordable Housing Overlay Districts

For all of the above-referenced districts, charging stations shall be required when any one of the following occurs: (1) a new building with a new or existing off-street parking facility is developed; (2) an addition or improvement to an existing building is made that increases the size of the principal structure by more than 50 percent; or (3) the parking capacity of an existing building, site, or parking facility is increased by more than 50 percent.

The required number of charging stations for all zones set forth above shall be 3 percent of the total number of parking spaces, with any fractional space being rounded up to the nearest whole number.