The Division of City Planning maintains a staff of licensed professional planners and trained experts who are responsible for comprehensively planning the rational development of land in the City.

For the more information, t
he Jersey City Open Data Portal website provides a variety of data including operational data, locations of municipal services or other landmarks, and a variety of other miscellaneous information related to City Planning like redevelopment plans, land use board agendas and maps. You may also download the latest official Zoning Map (dated 2.5.2021) here. And, please review the links and other menus below for additional information.

City Planning and Historic Preservation staff are not accepting walk-ins or in-person meetings for the duration of the pandemic. It is our goal to continue to serve the public the best we can in a manner that protects the public welfare.

All questions to staff shall be emailed directly to that staff member or to the general City Planning email account.

Until further notice, all public meetings will be held virtually as video conferences with public access. To learn more, please scroll to sections below.

To submit an application for development to the Division of City Planning, email Joey-Ann Morales at jmorales@jcnj.org.

All applications shall be submitted by email until further notice. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted or processed.

Jersey City Master Plan
City Planning is working to update the Land Use and Open Space/Community Facilities Elements of the Master Plan. Along with this effort, we are also working on a visioning portion of the Master Plan to help guide the vision for our City over the next 20 years.
What is a Master Plan? Why is it important?
A master plan functions as a roadmap for the city’s future
A master plan describes how, why, where and when to build in the city
It provides an opportunity for us to look ahead, establish new visions and directions, set goals and map out plans for the future
Materials from our in-person and virtual meetings can be found on the Master Plan website: https://ourjc-jerseycity.hub.arcgis.com/pages/events.

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Updated Stormwater Control Ordinance (2021)
In accordance with NJDEP's amended Stormwater Management Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:8), Jersey City has adopted an updated Stormwater Control Ordinance (345-74), effective March 1st, 2021. The amendments replace the current requirement that major developments incorporate nonstructural stormwater management strategies to the "maximum extent practicable" with a requirement that green infrastructure be utilized to meet stormwater management standards. Jersey City's Stormwater Ordinance imposes a more stringent definition of major development and includes a new definition for minor development. These thresholds and other requirements can be found in the full ordinance here.
Cannabis FAQ, Instructions, and Standards
If you seeking to open a cannabis business in Jersey City please reference the linked FAQ, Instructions and Standards document. In this document, City staff seeks to provide you with information on how to seek and obtain local approvals while we all learn and respond to the legal framework under development at the State-level by the Cannabis Review Commission. First, are a list of frequently asked questions and answers with information and links about our local process. Following the FAQ are the standards and fees regarding Cannabis Businesses and Consumption Areas that were adopted by the City in August 2021. In the event that there are any inconsistencies between provisions of the State and local procedures detailed herein, please inform us. This industry in New Jersey is new and we are all learning as we proceed. That said, this document and our local procedures may change as necessary.


Should you wish to access an agenda for a public meeting, please visit Jersey City's Calendar. Links to join the virtual meetings are provided on the agenda and on the Jersey City Calendar.
Agendas have hyperlinks to digital plans, reports and other materials for all applications to be presented by the boards or commissions. Within the agenda, click on a link  for the case you wish to review. Alternatively, you can search by address or case number to review digital plans at the Jersey City Data Portal. Plans for cases will be made available on the portal after agendas are sunshined. 

If you wish to receive email notice of when staff publishes materials on the portal, create a username or login, navigate to the dataset you are interested in, and select the "follow" button to receive alerts.


The Jersey City Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Historic Preservation Commission are utilizing the service, Zoom, to conduct virtual meetings in compliance  with New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act. If you have questions about how to access virtual meetings click here to review our Zoom Meeting Instructions.

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