Centenary College, Master Plan

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Centenary College is a private four-year institution of 1,300 students in Hackettstown, a growing community in northwestern New Jersey.

In spring 2002, it faced a number of challenges:

-An aging building inventory and infrastructure.

-A small, landlocked campus.

-A strained relationship with neighbors.

-A non-conforming zoning classification that ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONFEATURED IN2003 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYCampus Master Planning long-term planning.

Centenary College embarked on a campus-planning process to address future facilities, circulation, parking, green spaces and, most important, a new zoning classification. The present zoning of college land requires an exhaustive approval process, including public hearings, for the construction of any facility.

A key planning action, therefore, was to organize a community advisory committee made up of neighborhood representatives whose input would help create a campus master plan that could be approved by the entire community.

The results:

-A comprehensive, user-friendly, master plan.

-A spirit of cooperation with adjacent college neighbors.

-Partnerships at local and state levels.

-A new zoning status that enables the college to control its own planning direction.

Note: Area=42 acres