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Municipal Public Access Needs Assessment


A public access needs assessment is an evaluation of the existing points and locations providing public access, the type of existing public access and water dependent and water oriented activities, the need for additional perpendicular public access locations, and existing practical limitations on, and/or alternatives for addressing the limitations associated with, providing public access.

N.J.A.C. 7:7E-8.11(e)

A municipality seeking approval of a Municipal Public Access Plan shall file an application for approval with the Department. The application shall include a proposed Municipal Public Access Plan consisting of the following elements:

3. A public access needs assessment that evaluates:

  1. Existing access points or locations providing perpendicular access to tidal waterways and their shores within the municipality;
  2. Existing water dependent and water oriented activities that provide public access to tidal waterways and their shores within the municipality;
  3. Existing practical limitations to public access. Examples of practical limitations include, but are not limited to, a lack of restrooms or parking, including restrictions on parking availability and duration, which could effectively limit the public’s access to tidal waterways and their shores. Alternatives to address any limitations determined to exist shall be provided, where feasible; and
  4. The need for additional locations to provide perpendicular access to tidal waterways and their shores within the municipality;

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