The Building Department issued 2,351 permits in 2001 with a construction value of $28,863,978 compared to 2000 permits in 2000 with a construction value of $19,634,149.
The Township received a total of $482,795 in revenue from various permits and fees, and Department personnel performed inspections from the following Building Department activities:
Even with world economic and social events affecting the construction climate of the region, Teaneck still enjoyed the benefits of a healthy building season. The fourth quarter of 2001 saw a decline in project starts and overall construction costs, but an optimistic outlook for 2002 should result in a rebound and net increase in overall building activities.
The Building Department increased its staff through the addition of an Assistant Construction Official. This position will supplement the administrative staff with the processing of zoning and construction applications.
During 2001, the Planning Board completed and approved a Master Plan Re-Examination Report, an interim step to completing a full review of the Master Plan. The Board, in concert with the Township Planner, refined the process it will use in the review of the Master Plan. Efforts to develop this important document will continue through 2002. Public hearings and workshops will be held, allowing input from all interested groups and individuals.
Construction of the Glenpointe Senior Living facility did not begin in 2001. Changes in the building's use and construction methods will result in a delay in construction until mid 2002.
Once again, the Zoning Board of Adjustment saw another extremely busy year. Thirty-four applications were processed, resulting in application fees totaling $11,475. Most months, this voluntary board scheduled additional special meetings to cope with the heavy work-load.
Significant applications heard by the Zoning Board of Adjustment included Willow Street Commons, a residential development to the south of Degraw Avenue. This multi-story, two-building complex will be a major development in this area of town. The Board also heard use variance applications dealing with issues of wireless communications facilities, pharmacy type drive-thru facilities and houses of worship.