Advisory Committees

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Art Advisory Committee
The South Orange Arts Advisory Committee is a group that advises the Department and liaises with the community and the Village Board of Trustees. It fosters creativity and excellence in the arts to enrich the quality of life for residents, the business community, and visitors to South Orange. It recognizes the special nature of the arts community as fundamental to the identity of South Orange and promotes the town as a home to artists and as a cultural destination for the region.

Meetings: On Hiatus


Community Police Collaborative (CPC)
The Community Police Collaborative (CPC) was formed to advise the Township of South Orange Village Board of Trustees regarding its oversight of the South Orange Village Police Department, particularly with respect to its interactions with Village residents and their children; Village officials, employees, and educators; local non-resident workers and other visitors, Seton Hall University students, and police officers, etc., and to facilitate and encourage further Constituent outreach.

Meetings: 2nd Thursday of Each Month
Member: Trustee Coallier
Member: Trustee Brown

Community Relations Committee (CRC)
The Community Relations Committee (CRC) was created in 1980 to serve a variety of functions within the Village. Some of these include welcoming newcomers to the Village and acting as a liaison with grievances of the Village. The Committee also prepares and assists press releases, newsletters, and other means of communication to emphasize positive aspects of the Village.

Meetings: 3rd Monday of Each Month
Member: Trustee Jones
Alternate: Trustee Brown

Development Committee (Formerly Redevelopment Committee)
The Development Committee advises the Board of Trustees and other Village entities on matters related to downtown development. The Committee also disseminates information to the community during the development process. Committee members have varied backgrounds and include developers, planners, and an architect.

Meetings: 2nd Thursday of each month.
Member: Village President Collum
Member: Trustee Zuckerman
Alternate: Trustee Coallier

Design Review Board
The Design Review Board was established in 2015 as an Advisory Board to the Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and Building Department and to provide design guidance and advice to property and business owners in the Village.

Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of each month
Member: Trustee Zuckerman

Senior Citizens Advisory Committee
Originally established in 1980, the Senior Citizens Affairs Advisory Community was created to meet the needs of senior Village residents. The Committee identifies and assesses the needs of South Orange’s senior citizens, and works with the Board of Trustees regarding the needs and challenges facing senior citizens, and recommends solutions. The Committee also coordinates with the Village for senior citizen programs for topics including nutrition, consumer protection, and estate planning.

Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month
Member: Trustee Hartshorn Hilton

Seton Village - NPP District
Reformed in 2019, the Seton Village Advisory Committee, representing a vast array of stakeholder groups throughout the area to create a thriving Irvington Avenue which attracts patrons, residents, and Seton Hall University community with diverse shops and restaurants, and a safe, attractive, and vibrant neighborhood. In 2021 South Orange was awarded a 5-year grant from The Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP), which takes a comprehensive approach to neighborhood development and affords municipalities flexible and creative options for placemaking and economic development. The NPP Stakeholder's Committee now serves in place of the former Seton Village Committee.

Meetings: TBA
Member: Trustee Jones
Alternate: Trustee Haskins
Executive Director: Sally Unsworth

Transportation Advisory Committee
The Transportation Advisory Committee seeks to study and improve the transportation needs of Village residents and promote balanced transportation to, from, and within the Village. The Committee advises the Board of Trustees with respect to transportation and commuter needs and coordinates to provide solutions and alternatives. In addition, the Committee provides support in applying for and securing various transportation grants.

Meetings: On Hiatus 
Member: Vacant

Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC)
The CBAC provides community input to assist the Village Trustees in making revenue and
expense projections and setting tax and service priorities. The Committee advocates for sound fiscal policy by reviewing annual and interim budget submissions, department budgets, and operations. The Committee also makes timely recommendations to both the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees regarding these budgets and serves as a conduit between Administration and the public.

Meetings: As Needed
Member: Trustee Hartshorn Hilton
Alternate: Trustee Brown

Additional Advisory Committees

Board of Education Liaison Committee

Meetings: As Needed
Member: Vacant

Field User Advisory Committee
This Committee is a joint committee comprising the Township of South Orange Village, Township of Maplewood, and the South Orange / Maplewood School District to address the needs of the fields in all of the respected municipalities.

Meetings: As Needed
Member: President Collum
Member: Trustee Jones
Member: Village Administrator, Adam D. Loehner

River Greenway Committee (formally known as River Corridor Project Committee)
Beginning in the late 1990s, Main Street volunteers and others created a vision for the east branch of the Rahway River to restore its natural banks, remove invasive weeds, plant trees, and native species, enhance fish and other habitats, and provide a walking and bicycling path along the river, connecting train stations, playfields, and downtown destinations. A mayor’s advisory committee was created, primarily to steer planning decisions so as to accommodate all of the various interest groups that touched on the river and adjacent fields and urban properties as the environmental permitting and design stages advanced. The committee also coordinates activities with the Village government and especially recreation groups.

Meetings: As Needed
Member: Trustee Haskins

Shared Service Committee
The Shared Services Committee was formed to explore the possibilities of sharing services with Maplewood to reduce costs and improve efficiencies for both municipalities. The Committee seeks to investigate the benefits of coordinated programming, maintenance, and improvements of fields and facilities for the mutual benefit of both municipalities.

Meetings: As Needed
Member: Village President Collum
Member: Trustee Hartshorn Hilton
Alternate: Trustee Coallier

SOMA Two Towns for All Ages
South Orange and Maplewood (SOMA) launched "Two Towns for All Ages which takes a proactive approach to foster healthy aging and enable residents to age in place. This age-friendly initiative engages all stakeholders in the community - government, businesses, schools, non-profits, and faith-based organizations - to build a community that serves the needs of residents of all ages.

Meetings: As Needed
Member: Trustee Hartshorn Hilton

For more information regarding the advisory committees, please reach out to the Clerk's Office at (973) 378-7715 ext. 1.