Municipal Building SubcommitteeanimalRecreation CommitteePlanning BoardOpen Space CommitteeHistorical SocietyEnvironmental CommissionBoard of HealthArchitectural Review Committee
The Recreation Committee meets on the 3rd Monday of every month, at 8:00 PM at C.O. Johnson Field House. Sub-committee meetings meet on as needed. The meetings are open to the public. the Sports Council meets at 6:30 pm prior to the Recreation Committee in February, May, July, and October. Additional AdHoc sub committees meet as needed.
The Mission Statement of the Recreation Committee is: "To provide all the residents of Byram a program of diverse leisure services. This would include opportunities to participate in a variety of sports; passive recreational activites; cultural, social and educational programs, and to provide parks and facilities which are safe and of the highest standard."
The function of the Recreation Committee is: "To advise the Mayor, Council, Township Manager and Recreation Director on matters regarding the recreational programs of Byram Township."
Committee Goals include the following:
1) To develop and maintain a list of suggestions for additions, modifications and updates to the recreation programs, facilities, and policies.
2) To work with the various sports organizations to ensure that our residents have a wide variety of athletic choices available to them.
3) To work with other organizations to provide various leisure, social, cultural, and educational programs for Township residents.
4) To ensure that our parks, fields, trails and facilities are maintained and accessible to all citizens of the Township.
5) Establish a policy manual.
The Land Use Board is a joint planning and zoning board consisting of 9 regular members including the Mayor or appointee and a Council person. It also includes 2 alternate members from the community. The Land Use Board is appointed by the Mayor and Council and hears all subdivisions, site plan and variance applications. It is responsible for long range planning through the Master Plan Amendments and Land Development Ordinance revisions. The Land Use Board meets on the First and Third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m at the Municipal Building. The Board is served by two advisory Boards, the Environmental Commission and the Architectural Review Committee.
Staff consists of a Planning Director, which is a position held by the Township Manager, Joseph Sabatini, and a Land Use Technical Assistant, Cheryl White
Office Hours: 8;30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Prepared and implemented the Township's October 2000 Open Space and Recreation Plan; helped pass the 1999 referendum imposing a 2-cents-per-hundred open space tax; obtains grant funding for open space projects, currently $1.8 million from the State; negotiates and implements open space agreements, with the Council's approval of expenditures; speaks at open space seminars.
The Open Space Committee consists of the Township Manager, a member of the Environmental Commission, a member of the Planning Board, a member of the Recreation Commission and a member of the Public.
The Committee meets on the 2nd Monday of every OTHER month at 7:30 PM at the Byram Township Municipal Building.
The Historical Society meets on a quarterly basis. Please contact the Municipal Building at (973) 347-2500 to find out when the next meeting will be held.
Byram Township Historic Society Officers:
- President - Xavier (Frank) Gonzalez
- Vice President - Louis Esposito, Jr.
- Treasurer - Frank Gonzalez
- Secretary - Kathy Esposito
Byram Township Historic Society Board of Trustees
Roseville School Museum Hours:
By Appointment Only call 973-570-3133
Further Information can be obtained from the Byram Township Historical Society 10 Mansfield DriveStanhope, NJ 07874
Our goal is to protect Byram's abundant natural resources and
work with our Township's committees and residents
to preserve our quality of life and keep Byram GREEN!
Located in the heart of the New Jersey Highlands, Byram Township is known as "The Township of Lakes," having more than two dozen lakes and ponds within its 22.48 square miles. Byram Township is also the proud home of Allamuchy State Park, Waterloo Village, Wild West City, and large areas of parkland with many miles of hiking, biking, and cross-mountain skiing trails.
Established in October 1974, the Byram Township Environmental Commission participates in a broad array of Township issues. The ordinance establishing the Commission defines its responsibilities as "all things necessary to promote the conservation and development of the Township's resources, to provide the impetus and take leadership in natural resources planning, and to inform the public about local conservation programs and the need for conserving the natural resources of the Township." The Commission also reviews all applications before the Township Planning Board, makes site visits, and submits written comments to the Planning Board and applicants.
Recent Commission projects:
- Annual Byram Day activities and participation
- Support the Amphibian Tunnel project on Waterloo Road and provide assistance during the annual spring migration of the amphibians
- Development of the growing town-wide network of hiking and biking trails, including the 2013 update of the Township Trail Guide, first published by the Commission in 2006. Current ANJEC grant project work includes optimizing Trail information posted on township website.
- Support community programs for Byram Schools and Boy Scouts
- Grant projects, including repairing two Byram sections of Sussex Branch Trail, creating trails on three Township open space parcels, linking trails with Stanhope and Hopatcong, expanding Brookwood Park, developing a Community Forestry Plan, obtaining No Net Loss tree planting funds.
- Cleanups of Byram's trails, parks, and streams; articles and film-showings on various environmental issues, especialy protecting our lakes, streams, and wells; Tri-County Forums on environmental issues of regional significance.
- 2010 update of the Townships Natural Resources Inventory as part of the Highlands Conformance process, the NRI was written and published by the Commission in 1994.
Past Commission work:
- Participation in the development of the Township's Smart Growth Plan, Master Plan, Lakefront Development Plan, and Village Center ordinances.
- Grants for the Lubbers Run Greenway Study and the townwide Groundwater/Aquifers Study.
- Application for and implementation of grant projects totaling about $500,000 over the past 20 years.
- Establishment of a community Collaborative Planning process for Township residents and developers.
- Byram Day activities, including the "Name the Stream" contest, which resulted in official State and federal adoption of names for nine previously unnamed streams in Byram.
The Commission submits annual summaries of its work to the Township Council.
Interested in joining us? We are always looking for residents to help on projects or serve as Commission members. If you are interested, please call Environmental Commission secretary Donna Fett at 973-347-2500 x 138 or attend a Commission meeting (held on the 4th Thursday of each month, except on or near holidays ,at 7:30 p.m. at the Township Municipal Building).
The local Board of Health contracts Health Services through the Sussex County Health Department. Services include environmental health issues, septic and well testing, food establishment licensing and Public Health Nursing Services.
All members are appointed by the council and serve 4 years.
The Board of Health meets the 4th Tuesday of every other month at 7:30 PM. The Meetings are Open to the Public.
The ARC is established through the Village Center Ordinance to review development proposals for the new Village Center and advise the Planning Board on a variety of issues, including site planning, architectural styles and details, streetscapes, design of parks, trails, and open space, and also whether Village Center development applications are complete and have met the design requirements set forth in the ordinance.
All members are appointed by the council.
The ARC meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 8:30 PM at the Municipal Building.
How Homeowners Can Protect Our Lakes, River and Wells - 08/14/2009
Aquatic Invasive Species - 06/18/2010
Hazardous Trees: Thirteen Questions to Ask. - 06/18/2010
Reducing stormwater pollution to our waterways - 09/01/2010
HOW TO GET RID OF INVASIVE STILTGRASS - 09/27/2010
Private Well Testing - 07/18/2013
Emerald Ash Borer Insect Information - 05/31/2017
Lubbers Run and C-1 Classification by NJ DEP - 06/08/2017