Borough of Closter

295 Old Closter Dock Road    ♦     Closter, New Jersey 07624    ♦    201-784-0600

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Environmental Commission

(Sun Sep 29, 2019)

Mission Statement

The Environmental Commission has the responsibility to study and make recommendations for open space preservation, trails, water resource management, storm water regulations, pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, landmark trees and tree preservation, environmental appearance, soil, landscapes, flora and fauna and review applications with impact the aforementioned.

While the Recreation Commission oversees active parks such as ballfields and tennis courts and the Shade Tree Commission oversees street trees, the Environmental Commission oversees all passive parks in the Borough. These sites include the MacBain Farm, Buzzoni Farm Park, Hagen Park, and other properties throughout the Borough. The Environmental Commission shall also conduct research and coordinate activities pertaining to the use and potential use of open land areas, include recommendations for acquisitions of open space.

The Enviromental Commission is also charged with teaching the community to respect our trees and open spaces and to encourage residents and the local government to make responsible environmental decisions. This can be accomplished through community outreach, meetings and events, and the distribution of printed and digital materials, such as CDs, DVDs, books, maps, charts, and pamphlets which it deems necessary to further its mission.

Background Information

The Closter Environmental Commission was created by the Mayor and Council in June, 1976, and consists of seven regular members plus two alternate members, all of whom serve 3-year terms. Two of the regular members are also members of the Borough Council and the Planning Board. The Commission meets at Borough Hall the second Thursday of each month. Its purpose is to make recommendations on environmental and land use issues which affect the Borough. Such issues may include water runoff, soil preservation, outdoor lighting, and tree preservation. As of December, 1999, the Commission oversees the work of the Buzzoni Farm Committee, MacBain Farm Committee, passive recreation sites and parkland. All applications to the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment are reviewed by the Environmental Commission.

Meeting Times

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM in Borough Hall (2nd Floor).  All members of the public are welcome.