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National Disaster Resilience Competition

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on September 17, 2014 announced a new competition, the National Disaster Resilience Competition, in order to build more resilient communities which have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. There are 67 eligible applicants across the country for this $1 billion national competition. The State of New Jersey is one of the eligible applicants for NDRC funding. This new program is similar to Rebuild by Design, especially because of its emphasis on community involvement and support.

  • UPDATE   New Jersey was selected as one of the winning NDR projects. (HUD Press Release)

HUD established a two-phased approach to select winners:

  • Phase 1 – Risk Assessment and Planning: Extensive stakeholder and community outreach to formulate project concept. Includes identifying the most impacted communities, unmet recovery needs, revitalization objectives, most significant vulnerabilities and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Phase 2 – Design and Implementation: Winners of Phase 1 will be invited to participate in Phase 2. Phase 2 includes continuing community engagement and solidifying partnerships, refining designs for solutions to address the impacts, risks and vulnerabilities identified in Phase 1, and demonstrating project feasibility and effectiveness. If selected as a Phase 2 winner, implementation is also included.

New Jersey’s Phase 1 application was submitted on March 26, 2015 and identified flooding in riverine and coastal communities as New Jersey’s greatest risk.  A multi-layered approach to flood protection to be piloted in a target project area with the results of that project to be incorporated into future planning was the proposed approach in the Phase 1 application.  New Jersey was one of 40 states to be invited to participate in Phase 2.   Phase 2 applications are due to HUD by October 23, 2015.

New Jersey’s Phase 2 application will propose a pilot project area with concepts that will provide flood protection, enhance natural areas, provide recreational opportunities, enhance disaster resilience, revitalize the community and create economic development opportunities to areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy. These areas are specifically in and around the municipalities of Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Hackensack, Hasbrouck Heights, Little Ferry, Moonachie, Rutherford, South Hackensack, Teterboro, and Wood-Ridge.


Public Comment Period

The public comment period will run from September 25, 2015 through October 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST. During this time, members of the public will have the opportunity to review the plan and submit comments directly to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

In Person at a Public Hearing*:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Little Ferry Borough Hall
215-217 Liberty St
Little Ferry, NJ 07643

By Email:

ndrcpubliccomments@dep.nj.gov

By Mail:

Office of Flood Risk Reduction Measures
Attention: Dave Rosenblatt
501 East State Street
Mail Code 501-01A
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

All comments must be received by the close of the public comment period to be considered.

*To assist with planning for the meeting, those interested in attending the meeting are strongly encouraged to RSVP online at https://www.formsite.com/dcanet/form90/index.html. Attendees who need accessibility accommodations are advised to make that request through the online reservation system or contact the NJDEP at Kerry.Pflugh@dep.nj.gov to ensure full availability of services.


Additional information regarding the Meadowlands Rebuild by Design Project can be found at:
http://www.rebuildbydesign.org/project/mit-cau-zus-urbanisten-final-proposal/