Community Development

The Department of Community Development consists of the following divisions under the direction of the Director, Nicole S. Shapiro, PE, PP, CME.

The Building Department/Code Enforcement who is responsible for the issuance of all construction permits and enforces all local and state ordinances for property maintenance, zoning and housing.

The Planning Division processes applications for private and commercial developments. It is responsible for maintaining current application files for public review in addition to keeping minutes and records of all planning board and zoning board proceedings. The planning department maintains the master plan, land development ordinance, zoning map and administrative files in accordance with Municipal Land Use Law and administers escrow accounts for review of development applications in addition to preparing planning reports and technical reviews for the boards.

Old Bridge Township is part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program which was established by the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended (42 USC 5301, et seq.). Subsequent legislation and regulations (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 - Public Law 97-34, and 24 CFR Part 570, Subpart I) allowed states to administer the program for smaller cities and counties.

In accordance with the Federal regulations at 24 CFR Part 91, the Township of Old Bridge prepares an CDBG Annual Action Plan yearly.  The Annual Action Plan addresses and contains Old Bridge’s Housing, and Non-Housing Needs, Objectives, Proposed Projects, and other required statements and includes the amount of funds which will benefit persons and communities of very low, low, and moderate income, as well as plans to minimize displacement of persons.  This program is administered by the Department of Community Development.

The Township of Old Bridge has appropriated $110,000 of its federal Community Development Block Grant CARES Funds (CDBG-CV) for the Small Business Assistance Program; approximately up to 20 Old Bridge Township businesses will secure assistance. The program is being established to provide working capital funds to the community’s small businesses that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and have not received assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA). If you are a small business in need of assistance, please click HERE for additional information. Click HERE to apply.

The Department of Community Development also manages affordable housing needs.  Old Bridge Township’s consultant, CGP&H, serves as the Township’s Administrative Agent for the Affordable Housing and our Home Improvement Program.