Municipal Open House, Sept. 16th and more!
Mayor's Corner
Marcia Asdal
Chester Township


landuseThe Council will be discussing the possibility of combining the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment into a single Land Use Board.

The Zoning and Planning Dept. recently analyzed costs from 2011-2016 associated with each Board that will help provide an overview and basis for continued discussion. 
The Planning Board will be reviewing and discussing this report at their meeting on Sept. 12th. The Zoning Board will also have an opportunity to review the analysis.

Read the report in its entirety here. 
Percentage of noticed meetings held
  • Planning Board - 23% 
  • Zoning Board - 62%
Average annual professional costs associated with meetings:
  • $12,210.50
Average annual cost of legal notices and staff time associated with cancellations:
  • $989.00
This list is created by the Dept. of Public Works and is updated twice a year based on observed changes to road conditions. 
Completion of the road work is dependent on funding approval by the council. 

welcomeptoA Warm Welcome to Our New Families from the Chester PTO!

Chester Twp. is now a member ofMemorial
NJ Sustainable Energy Joint Meeting*

The New Jersey Sustainable Energy Meeting is a energy buying group of
municipalities that aggregate their individual energy needs together for improved purchasing power.
The result? Lower natural gas and electricity supply prices for government buildings.

An analysis by the Township CFO indicated a potential savings of $2,500 per quarter for electricity (JCP&L) and $1,800 per quarter for gas (PSE&G). 

 Under New Jersey's energy deregulation law, the supply portion of the electric or natural gas bill is separate from the delivery portion.  With the supply portion open to competition, customers can shop around for the best price on their energy supplies.  Their electric and natural gas distribution utilities will still deliver those supplies through their wires and pipes - and respond to emergencies, should they arise - regardless of where those supplies are purchased.  Purchasing energy supplies from a company other than the electric or gas utility is purely an economic decision; it has no impact on the reliability or safety of service.

Members are notified of the targeted buying price ahead of contracting with a supplier and have the opportunity to participate or opt-out.

150+ municipalities are currently NJSEM members, including Chester Borough, the Mendhams and Washington Twp.

*Thanks to our CFO and the Utility committee for their work in investigating and recommending this program.
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The Planning and Zoning Department has made great progress on its 2017 goals and projects, including the following, and more.
  • Updating and creating new web content so that information about the office, applications, plans, meetings & fees are clear and concise.
  • Ensuring the application process is straightforward and transparent for residents, property owners and business owners, and contractors.
View the FAQs for decks, pools and walls here. 


The Planning & Zoning office is always open to residents, property owners and anyone wishing to get more information about a potential project.

Email Ryan Conklin or call 908.879.5100 x823.


Chester Trails and its partners have been hard at work since 2013!
Take a walk and enjoy all their improvements to our trails.
Follow them on Facebook.
    • Chester Furnace Historic Area has been established with descriptions of the technologically-advanced Chester Furnace in the late 1800's.   
    • Eagle Scouts have been working to improve our trails with kiosks, posts and trail signs throughout Chester. More projects are underway!
    • New maps are coming! They will include trails in the Chesters, Morris County and NJ State trails.


Read the article about the Chester Township country home of the artist Cai Guo-Qiang designed by Frank Gehry.

From the NY Times' T Magazine, August 18, 2017, written by M. H. Miller.
Many of you have read about the incident in Flanders last week, where 12 people, including four police officers, were rushed to hospitals after becoming vi ctims of carbon monoxide poisoning. Please take a minute to review information on CO and how to help prevent an incident like this from happening in your home.

Let's Talk!

I will be at Town Hall on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until noon.
Stop by and let me know your ideas, concerns and feedback. 
Marcia Asdal, Mayor, Chester Township 
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