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Comprehensive Plan of Action Item #6
Special Area Management Planning

A SpecialArea Management Plan (SAMP) will be developed in collaboration with members ofthe Barnegat Bay Partnership and other planning authorities in the region.

A SAMP is amanagement tool established and administered by the State; the primary goal ofa Barnegat Bay SAMP is to improve coordination among planningjurisdictions.  The SAMP process willbuild upon existing land use plans and make recommendations to the DEP forresearch and restoration projects.  TheSAMP process will consider development of low-impact development standards, andwill identify the best available technology for stormwater management for newdevelopment and redevelopment projects in the Barnegat Bay Watershed.  This approach will provide revised guidelines,procedures and policy documents to be formally adopted by the State and providespecific interpretations of enforceable Coastal Zone Management policies forthe Barnegat Bay watershed.

The SAMPwill take a total of five years and will be funded through the Coastal ZoneManagement Program’s NOAA Section 309 of the Clean Water Act funds, ensuringthat the SAMP will be developed without additional cost to the State.

For more information, contact: Marilyn Lennon, Assistant Commissioner, Land Use, 609-292-2178

Because the pattern and intensity of development - and thus the water quality impacts - vary across the Barnegat Bay watershed, a strategy that includes a combination of innovative and condition-specific approaches is the most likely to succeed in improving and maintaining the health of the region. Combining DEP's environmental data from throughout the watershed with current information on land use practices and policies will allow us to share information with municipalities, counties and other regional partners. This collaborative effort gives us the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of current land use practices and policies to support sustainability and resiliency of the watershed. This will lead to a set of recommendations and strategies for improving and maintaining the health of the Bay through municipal land use planning as well as the continued identification of any barriers preventing the use of sustainable and resilient land practices.

  



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