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Blue Acres Surveys

The NJDEP Blue Acres Program (within the Green Acres Program) purchases improved residential lots in flood prone areas in cooperation with FEMA and once acquired, removes the structures and improvements from the floodplain.   The project area for surveys may include lands that have already closed or are under contract pending closing. 


Acquisition Surveys

No vertical data or Flood Elevation Certificates are required for Blue Acres Acquisition surveys; guidelines for Blue Acres Elevation Surveys and Certificates are pending.

A Blue Acres Survey is for property boundary survey work of land only, described in the NJPCS NAD83 bearings with corner markers set and metes and bounds descriptions provided per the NJDEP Green Acres Standard Scope of Survey Work, which includes standards and requirements for all work reviewed by Green Acres.

As directed by your client (municipality, county, nonprofit or State Government), you may omit locating or showing any structures on the property unless required if it affects boundary such as physical encroachments of fences, buildings, concrete, asphalt or similar items that influence boundary line determination. In a factual note state if “Property is unimproved” or if “Property contains   (list description of structures and improvements and utilities that service the lot)    but have been omitted from being shown per contract with     (name your client)    as all buildings, structures and improvements are to be demolished post acquisition by     (name your client)   .”

In addition to the separate plans and descriptions for each lot or group of lots per N/F owner, produce one mylar for the entire project area and one paper copy corresponding to the number of lots in this site specific engagement of a composite location map labeled “Blue Acres Project Map,” being a scaled mosaic or drawing of tax map lots (not necessarily a copy from a tax map) identifying all of the PQ lots by this project by N/F owner(s) name, Owner ID (or File) #, tax block and lot numbers, municipality, county and street address.  Provide a PDF of this map in each CD deliverable as well.

One Surveyor’s Certification and Summary Form (and one paper project map as above) must accompany each set of plans and descriptions per each N/F owner.

Label all corner markers that are going to be installed as “set” and in a factual note indicate that the “corner markers shown hereon as ‘set’ shall be installed by surveyor following notification by client of demolition of all structures hereon.  All markers shall be installed not later than one year from date of survey.”

The Deed Description must follow the requirements for Green Acres surveys.

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Elevation Surveys and Certificates

Guidelines for Blue Acres Elevation Surveys and Certificates are pending.

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