Comprehensive Plan

The Cape May County Planning Board's (and Planning Department's) responsibility for creating and implementing a county-wide comprehensive plan is derived from the County Planning Enabling Act of 1935 (C.40:27). This act empowers Counties with the ability to establish planning boards and directs those boards to "...make and adopt a master plan for the physical development of the county."   

Beginning in early 2021, Planning Staff began working with planners from T&M Associates, who had been awarded a contract through the competitive contracting process.  An assessment of current documents and data was collected, and work on the new Comprehensive Plan began.

Stakeholder input from municipalities and interested agencies was collected though a series of virtual meetings.  The meetings reviewed the technical memoranda and statement of vision and goals that has been worked into the Editorial Draft County Comprehensive Plan.  This version of the plan was presented to the County Planning Board at its meeting held on September 16th, with an additional presentation and discussion being held at its November 18th meeting.

The Cape May County Planning Board will be considering the plan for adoption at its meeting to be held on Thursday, January 20th at 5pm.  This is an open public meeting, and interested individuals are encouraged to attend.  The meeting will be held in the Intermediate Meeting Room of the Cape May County Administration building, 4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House, NJ.  Please use the "After Hours Meeting Entrance" at the rear of the building off of Gerald M. Thornton Way.

The Cape May County Planning Board adopted the new Cape May County Comprehensive Plan on 1/20/22.
Interested parties are welcomed and encouraged to review the Plan, and direct any comments or questions to Leslie Gimeno, PP, AICP, County Planning Director at (609) 465-6875 or via email:

Resolution # 1-2022 Adopting the Cape May County Comprehensive Plan

Presentation of Editorial Draft - 9/16/21 County Planning Board Meeting (Click Here)
Presentation of Edited Draft - 11/18/21 County Planning Board Workshop (Click Here)

Background Information - 2020 Comprehensive Plan (Click Here)