2018 Cherry Hill Master Plan

Final Documents

Executive Summary
1. Chapter 1:  Introduction 
2. Chapter 2:  Demographics
3. Chapter 3:  Public Outreach 
4. Chapter 4:  Policy Consistency
5. Chapter 5:  Vision & Goals 
6.  Chapter 6:  Land Use Plan Element
7. Chapter 7:  Economic Development Plan Element 
8. Chapter 8:  Plans For Place Subplan Element 
9.  Appendix A:  Existing Conditions Report
10.  Appendix B:  Public Outreach Report 
11.  Appendix C:  2007 Master Plan Reexamination Report 

Zoning Map changes are outlined in Chapter 5: Land Use Plan Element and they can be viewed through the Online Zoning Map.  When viewing the map click the slide icon  in the upper right hand corner to turn on the slide tool then just drag it across the map to see what parcels will be considered for zoning changes. 


Master Plan Public Outreach Meetings 

As we continued in our efforts to update the Township’s Master Plan, we asked our residents to lend their voices and share their ideas for the future of Cherry Hill Township. We invited all interested residents, business owners, and stakeholders to attend one of two identical public meetings. 


The structure of these meetings was unique as we wanted to allow all attendees to have an opportunity to learn about the work we have done so far and have meaningful discussions on the major overarching trends that may affect Cherry Hill in the future and identify opportunities and challenges within the township.  In order to accomplish this, we had three identical sessions during the course of each meeting.  Each session started with a presentation of the information gathered in the Existing Conditions Report and answered any preliminary questions, then participants moved on to discuss the major components of the Master Plan, and ended with a discussion about goals and objectives that the Township should be focused on into the future. 

The following boards were presented at the Master Plan meetings for educational purposes and to elicit comment from the participants:


Existing Conditions Report

The Existing Conditions Report is a stand-alone document that serves as a preface to goals and recommendations that will be established in the Cherry Hill Master Plan update (2018). The report is structured to impart a clear a picture of the Township, where it stands today, and how it got there.
 
Executive Summary - DRAFT

Existing Conditions Report - DRAFT
 


Resident & Visitor Surveys 


The 2018 Cherry Hill Master Plan Resident Survey and Visitor Survey is now available online at the links below.  Should you have any questions on the 2018 Cherry Hill Township Master Plan, please contact the Cherry Hill Township Department of Community Development at (856) 488-7870 or send an email at masterplan@chtownship.com.  
Plan Cherry Hill is the township's campaign to overhaul the Cherry Hill Master Plan. The last comprehensive master planning process was completed in 2004 with a subsequent 2007 Master Plan Reexamination.  Various elements have been overhauled and adopted in years since 2007. Please share your ideas for a better Cherry Hill!

Our Master Plan


A Master Plan is a comprehensive long-range plan intended to guide growth and development of a community or region. The Master Plan identifies and examines a wide range of physical issues including population, housing, land use, transportation, neighborhoods, community facilities, and natural resources. The implications of each are analyzed and translated into a series of goals and policies for the Township. This effort culminates in the creation of a Master Plan, which provides recommendations for future land use, natural features, transportation improvements, and special strategies for key areas in the Township.

A sound master plan ensures that Cherry Hill Township remains a highly desirable community in which to live, work, and play.


Planning Process


The master planning process can be broken down into 4 major tasks:
 
  • Task 1 includes data collection, public participation and outreach through the use of public forums, social media and a community survey. Meetings with stakeholder groups will also be conducted. An Existing Conditions Analysis will also be prepared to establish a baseline to frame the goals, objectives, and policies, as well as the various elements, of the Master Plan.
  • Task 2 consists of synthesizing the data collection garnished in Task 1 and is the planning phase that establishes the framework for the content of the Master Plan.
  • Task 3 includes the public presentation of the draft plan and vets the draft recommendations for public review and comment, which includes the prioritization for implementation actions.
  • Task 4 invokes the final review, documentation, and adoption of the Master Plan by the Planning Board, which may include Zoning Ordinance recommendations to Council.

Master Plan Components


The Master Plan will contain the following sections, according to the requirements set out by the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL):

  • A statement of objectives, principles, assumptions, policies and standards upon which the constituent proposals for the physical, economic an social development of the Township are based
  • A land use plan element
  • A housing plan element
The MLUL also sets out the following optional elements that may be included in the Master Plan:
 
  • A circulation plan element
  • A utility service plan element
  • A community facilities plan element
  • A recreation plan element
  • A conservation plan element
  • An economic plan element
  • A historic preservation plan element
  • A recycling plan element
  • A sustainability plan element
  • A statement indicating the relationship of the proposed development of the municipality in relation to adjoining municipalities, the County Master Plan, the State Development and Redevelopment Plan, and the district solid waste management plan

Participation


Public outreach opportunities are designed to offer a variety of ways for residents and business owners to participate in the planning process, in order to solicit input from a broad cross-section of the community. As such, public outreach and communication will be an ongoing collaborative process between community members, stakeholders and the Township. Ultimately, the public outreach and communication strategy is designed to:
 
  • Enhance community participation and input;
  • Integrate consensus building with planning process;
  • Strengthen community partnerships;
  • Provide learning opportunities to improve mobility, housing, recreation, access and quality of life issues for residents, businesses and visitors; and
  • Gather and integrate community input and feedback.
As people prefer to contribute and receive information in different ways – in person, online, by telephone – this strategy will strive to include an assortment of methods designed to extract ideas from a diverse group of citizens and stakeholders.