Zoning Board of Adjustment

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The Zoning Board shall have the power to hear and decide appeals, hear and decide requests for interpretation, and hear applications for variance relief, when the variance being requested is not part of a site plan or subdivision application. This most often applies to individual homeowners who are requesting relief from Holmdel’s Development Regulations, such as setback or coverage requirements.

Please contact the Zoning Officer prior to requesting a variance from the zoning board. Access the Zoning Officer’s web page.

In addition, the Zoning Board has the power to grant variances to permit:

  • A non permitted use or principal structure
  • An expansion of a non conforming use
  • A deviation from a specification or standard pertaining solely to a conditional use
  • An increase in the permitted floor area ratio (FAR)
  • An increase in the permitted density
  • A height of a principal structure which exceeds 10 feet or 10% of the maximum height permitted


The Zoning Board of Adjustment consists of 7 regular members and 2 alternate members, all of whom shall be residents of the Township of Holmdel and appointed by the Mayor. Regular members shall serve for terms of 4 years, and alternate members shall serve for 2 years, all from January 1 of the year of their appointment.

NameTermTerm Expiration
Ralph Blumenthal
(Zoning Board Vice Chair)
Four YearsDecember 31, 2023
Demetri Orfanitopoulos
 (Zoning Board Chair)
Four YearsDecember 31, 2026
Laurie GerhardtFour YearsDecember 31, 2026
Jason Buerkle Four YearsDecember 31, 2024
Francine CampisFour YearsDecember 31, 2024
John GiampoloFour YearsDecember 31, 2025
Gene Luciani Four YearsDecember 31, 2025
(Alternate #1)
Two YearsDecember 31, 2024
Guarav Shah
 (Alternate #2)
Two YearsDecember 31, 2023

Zoning Board Professionals

  • Attorney: Martin Pfleger, Esquire
  • Engineer: Robert Bucco, Jr., P.E.
  • Planner: Kate Keller, P.P.


Zoning Board Regular Meeting: December 6, 2023   

TOPIC:  ZBA2023-5 Christopher Reppy                                                                                                       ZB-VAR 469 Shahar Spitzer        


ZBA2023-5 CHRISTOPHER REPPY - 12 Sherwood Court

ZB-VAR 469 SHAHAR SPITZER - 16 Mount Drive

Meeting Schedule

  • First and third Wednesday of each month (schedule may vary)
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Court Room at Town Hall
    4 Crawfords Corner Road
    Holmdel, NJ 07733

2023 Annual Notice

2023 Zoning Board Meeting Schedule

Please confirm with the Board Office as meetings are subject to change / cancellation.



Meetings are live-streamed on Holmdel Township Face Book and YouTube.

September 22, 2021 - Zoning Board Meeting Video

September 1, 2021 - Zoning Board Meeting Video

August 18, 2021 - Zoning Board Meeting Video

July 21, 2021 - Zoning Board Meeting Video

June 16, 2021 - Zoning Board Meeting Video

June 2, 2021 - Zoning Board Meeting Video

May 5, 2021 - Zoning Board Meeting Video

April 21, 2021 - Zoning Board Meeting Video

March 17, 2021 - Zoning Board Meeting Video

March 3, 2021 - Zoning Board Meeting Video


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Zoning Board Agendas