Planning and Zoning Board

Riverdale is a joint board

The Planning and Zoning Board consists of volunteer residents appointed by the Mayor & Council who are responsible for preparing the Borough Master Plan in compliance with provisions of the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL) and who are responsible for reviewing zoning ordinances referred to them by the Mayor & Council.

The Planning Board consists of nine (9) members and two (2) alternate members. The Board is assisted by a professional staff consisting of:

  • Board Attorney
  • Board Engineer
  • Board Planner
  • Board Secretary 
  • John Barbarula, Esq.
  • Thomas Boorady
  • Donna Holmqvist, AICP, PP
  • Linda Roetman

Zoning Board Responsibilities

The Riverdale Planning is a joint board in that it fulfills the responsibilites of both a planning board and a zoning board of adjustment. In such cases the mayor and council representative step down and do not participate in or vote on such applications. The Zoning Board reviews applications that propose to utilize property in a manner not consistent with municipal zoning laws. They preview applications for variances that are basically non-permitted uses, and the Zoning Board is empowered to grant exceptions to the zoning ordinances in cases where the literal and rigid interpretation and enforcement of the zoning laws would cause hardship or injustice. These "non-permitted" uses are based upon the zoning ordinances established by the Borough.

2021 Board Members

Scott Trouse


Rick Malanga

Vice Chairman

Linda Roetman

Board Secretary

Bobby Roberts

Class IV Member

Chris Scilingo

Class IV Member

Sal Poli

Class II Member

Warren Sheps

Class IV Member

James Talerico

Class I Member

Vincent Pellegrini

Class III Member

Kevin Bulger