Coverage of Borough of Hopatcong Land Use Board Meeting – February 18, 2020

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The Borough of Hopatcong Land Use Board meeting that occurred on February 18, 2020, was a short meeting that handled a request for a shed in the front yard, a request from the Zoning Officer on a change in code, Hudson Farms, Hudson Maxim School Property and a request from the Lake Hopatcong Commission.

The following is a brief summary of the highlights from the meeting. You can also watch the full video coverage.

New Applications:

A resident from 14 Hill Top Road appeared before the board regarding two sheds in the front yard. After a review of the property map, the Land Use board agreed there wasn’t room anywhere else, and the application was approved with the requirement that the site map is updated to reflect the sheds.

Zoning Officer Report:

The Zoning Officer requested modifications to the code regarding the criteria on when a home can be rebuilt on a property. Currently, the code requires two walls remaining, which is very unclear and open to interpretation.

A recommendation was made to move the matter before the Mayor and Council to have the code modified.


Hudson Farm/IAT Reinsurance - Approved

Resolution for site plan and variance approval to authorize the renovation and expansion of an existing building (Pro Shop / Gun Shop) at 210 Stanhope Sparta Road, Block 50002 Lot 7.

Former Hudson Maxim School Property – Approved

Recommendation to the Council to move the old Hudson Maxim school into the redevelopment zone. Note: This does not include the parking lot across from the school.


The Lake Hopatcong Commission requested to be kept informed on the sale and proposed plans for the old Hudson Maxim school, due to its close proximity to Lake Hopatcong. The board outlined the next steps of the Mayor and Council passing a resolution for redevelopment, engineering plan, and several public hearings, which would give the Commission ample opportunity to provide feedback.

Public Comment:

A question was asked about the status of the property on Lakeside Blvd. where the trucks park. The home on the property has been demolished. The board had no knowledge of any current plans for the property, other than an outdated request for a Car Wash in that location.


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