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Growth & Redevelopment Committee


The Lawrence Township Growth & Redevelopment Committee consists of nineteen members that care about the growth and stability of local businesses. The at-large members are appointed by the Lawrence Township Council and serve a term of three years. Representatives of the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Trails, Open Space and Stewardship Advisory Committee, and the Environmental Resources and Sustainability Green Advisory Committee are appointed annually by the chairs of these boards and committees. The Committee works closely with liaisons from the Board of Education and the Council.

Our Mission

The Lawrence Township Growth & Redevelopment Committee consults with and advises the Council on matters pertaining to economic development and redevelopment in the Township. The committee looks for and values members that take an active interest in the health of local business community. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, the committee strives to support and promote the people and organizations that make the Township a great place to do business.


  • In partnership with the Lawrence Chapter of the MidJerseyRegional Chamber of Commerce, the Annual Awards Ceremony recognizes the people, businesses, and buildings of the Township.  The awards are presented each year to businesses, individuals, and civic groups that have enhanced the community in a special way: for job growth, expanding the tax base of the Township, building or renovating a structure that improves the quality of life in the community, or by participating in local activities that benefit the Town and its residents.
  • The Growth and Redevelopment Committee presents awards at their annual awards program held in October. The award winners are presented bowls in the following categories: Mayor's Award; New Large Business Award; New Small Business Award; Business Service Award; Residential Award; New Building/Renovation Award; Podmore/Dwyer Historic Award and the Ralph Copleman Environmental Award.
  • Advising local groups about funding sources, organizational issues, relevant other activities, etc.
  • Holding committee meetings throughout the township to reach out to businesses and community groups.
  • Publicizing activities that support (re)development and improve economic viability and qualify of life in Lawrence.

In addition, the committee makes recommendations on programs and activities to promote redevelopment, consistent with the master plan and land development ordinance, in underdeveloped commercial and industrial areas; and other related issues as directed by the Council.

Members & Liaisons

Current Members:

  • Teresita Bastides-Heron (Through 12/31/20)
  • Joan Brame (Through 12/31/20)
  • Melissa Clark (Through 12/31/22)
  • Maria Connolly (Through 12/31/20)
  • Peter Ferrone (Through 12/31/22)
  • Andrew Frank (Through 12/31/20)
  • Ryan Kennedy (Through 12/31/20)
  • James Kilduff (Through 12/31/21)
  • Cathy LeCompte School Board Liaison
  • Christopher LaFlamme (Through 12/31/21)
  • Charles Lavine (Through 12/31/20)
  • Tushar Patel (Through 12/31/19)
  • Robert Pluta (Through 12/31/20)
  • Brian Vaughn (Through 12/31/22)
  • Vacancy (7)
  • Vacancy

Current Liaisons:

  • Christopher Bobbitt, Township Council Liaison
  • TBD, Township Staff Liaison
  • Susan Snook, Secretary

Check Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Generally, the Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 P.M. in the Lower Level Conference Room in the Municipal Building.

For meeting times please see the Township calendar ( for more information. For further information please contact the Township business advocate, Andrew Link at