40:55D-26. Referral powers
Referral powers. a. Prior to the adoption of a development regulation, revision, or amendment thereto, the planning board shall make and transmit to the governing body, within 35 days after referral, a report including identification of any provisions in the proposed development regulation, revision or amendment which are inconsistent with the master plan and recommendations concerning these inconsistencies and any other matters as the board deems appropriate. The governing body, when considering the adoption of a development regulation, revision or amendment thereto, shall review the report of the planning board and may disapprove or change any recommendation by a vote of a majority of its full authorized membership and shall record in its minutes the reasons for not following such recommendation. Failure of the planning board to transmit its report within the 35-day period provided herein shall relieve the governing body from the requirements of this subsection in regard to the proposed development regulation, revision or amendment thereto referred to the planning board. Nothing in this section shall be construed as diminishing the application of the provisions of section 23 of P.L. 1975, c. 291 (C. 40:55D-32) to any official map or an amendment or revision thereto or of subsection a. of section 49 of P.L. 1975, c. 291 (C. 40:55D-62) to any zoning ordinance or any amendment or revision thereto.
b. The governing body may by ordinance provide for the reference of any matter or class of matters to the planning board before final action thereon by a municipal body or municipal officer having final authority thereon, except of any matter under the jurisdiction of the board of adjustment. Whenever the planning board shall have made a recommendation regarding a matter authorized by this act to another municipal body, such recommendation may be rejected only by a majority of the full authorized membership of such other body.
L. 1975, c. 291, s. 17, eff. Aug. 1, 1976. Amended by L. 1984, c. 20, s. 7, eff. March 22, 1984; L. 1985, c. 516, s. 10.
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