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Byram Township Master Plan

Heyer, Gruel & Associates prepared the Byram Master Plan in 2004 as the latest chapter in the Township's continuing Smart Growth efforts.   The intent of the Master Plan is to protect Byram's natural resources, preserve and enhance its natural beauty and its tight-knit neighborhoods, and maintain reasonable limits on land use by providing a Smart Growth approach to future development in the Township.  This plan represents the culmination of ten years of focused efforts and active public participation in the 2002 Smart Growth Plan and the 2003 Lakefront Development Plan.

Byram has decided to reduce density in its Environs, which are large areas of mostly undeveloped forestlands, characterized by steep slopes, marginal soils, wetlands, and surface water.  By placing 5,600 acres of the Township in 5-acre and 10-acre zoning, with the application of critical areas ordinances and clustering or lot averaging, it will be possible to preserve large areas of forestlands. 

Byram also wants to create commercial land use opportunities.  The Village Center replaces the former Shopping Center zone to make this the primary focal point of new development in the form of a neo-traditional community hub for the Township.    The intent of this district is to encourage a reasonable amount of new commercial and residential development, while still providing for open space, common greens, and civic centers that are custom-designed to accommodate the natural characteristics of the land. The Village Business zone replaces the existing Highway Commercial zone is intended to complement and be architecturally influenced by the Village Center. The bulk and design standards endeavor to transform a highway-strip commercial district into a neo-traditional Main Street mix of retail, office, and a limited number of upper floor apartments. 

The Master Plan concentrates on several goals:

  • Focusing development in appropriate locations where infrastructure and services are available

  • Consistency with the State Development and Redevelopment Plan

  • Consistency with the Highlands Master Plan

  • Consistency with the Township's Natural Resource Inventory

  • Consistency with the Township's 2000 Recreation and Open Space Plan

  • Promotion of goals of the Municipal Land Use Law

  • Preservation of wildlife habitats, contiguous forests, water quality and rural character

  • Establishing population densities consistent with the water resources and sewage disposal abilities of the land

  • Prevention of sprawling land uses

  • Reduction in Infrastructure costs
     

 

 

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