This page contains links to the various forms and documents
needed by surveyors who perform work directly or indirectly
for Green Acres, and by those who contract to obtain
that survey work.
Please visit our Standard Scope of Survey Work page for full details of the standard requirements for all surveys reviewed by Green Acres, as well as a summary of minimum requirements.
Because questions often arise regarding certain Green Acres policies,
we have included general information relevant to all surveys
we review on our Green Acres Policies for Survey
Title 13, Chapter 40 of
the New Jersey Administrative Code outlines general minimum
standards for all land surveys performed by professional
licensed surveyors within the State of New Jersey.
The contract process for Green Acres has recently changed.
Survey contractors now must first be generally pre–qualified with Treasury's
Division of Property Management and Construction (DPMC) and then evaluated
by Green Acres on a technical basis for the more specialized work associated with
Green Acres' needs.
Green Acres recently awarded a two–year contract and is
not reviewing technical proposals from any additional survey service providers at this time.
Survey firms may find that DPMC pre–qualification allows them to secure awards from
other agencies and organizations, and will be a prerequisite for future Green Acres State
Land Acquisition survey service contracts.
The full “Scope of Survey Services” document is available under
Standard Scope of Survey Work page of this website. For surveys for State land acquisitions,
refer to Sample Forms 5A (Legend of Acquisition), 6A (Surveyor's
Certification and Summary Form), and 7A (Checklist) from Section 10
of the Scope of Survey Services.
“Appendix 2” of
the rule published in the New Jersey Register on
January 3, 2006 is a summary of survey requirements for
local government units and non-profit organizations. (PDF
file, 64 KB) Note: The full rule adoption revising NJAC
7:36 regarding Green Acres programs can be found at
38 NJR 223. Also, remember that Green Acres is one of the
Ultimate Users of any survey for a project in which Green
The full Standard
Scope of Survey Work contains details applicable to all
submissions to Green Acres. For surveys for nonprofit or local unit land acquisitions, refer
to Sample Forms 5B (Legend of Acquisition), 6B (Surveyor's
Certification and Summary Form), and 7B (Checklist) from Section 10
of the Scope of Survey Services.
The Environmental Infrastructure Funding Program (EIFP)
places Environmental Infrastructure Trust (EIT) restrictions
on any property acquired with this funding. Properties
eligible for EIFP funding must be free of any easements,
encroachments, or any uses other than passive open space.
EIT restrictions are in addition to any encumbrance
placed on a site by Green Acres. Note that three sets of descriptions and survey plans
are required for final approval of projects funded by the EIFP.
Guidelines for Environmental
Infrastructure Funding Program surveys (PDF, 96 KB)
and Summary Form for acquisitions through Environmental
Infrastructure Funding Program (Word document, 28 KB)
Properties that are encumbered by open space requirements
through Green Acres must be kept free of any violations
of that requirement. When a violation does occur, this
is considered a diversion, and is subject
to actions by the State House Commission. Diversions can
result in requirements for set asides of additional land
for open space purposes in a ratio possibly as high as
20 to 1. Diversions include, but are not limited to, building
construction, road widening, sale or use of land for non–open
space purposes, etc.
In preparing survey documents for a diversion, there are two elements to be considered:
the diverted land and the remainder. The survey requirements may differ for each of these
portions of the original tract.
For the diverted land, Green Acres requires a survey plan (tied to the State Plane Coordinate
System) and a matching deed description (adhering to standard Green Acres format for descriptions).
The new limits of the State's interests are to be marked on the ground with concrete monuments.
The acreage of the diverted land and the acreage of the remaining lands both must be reported on the plan
and in the description. If the diverted lands are part of a larger tract, it may not be necessary
to survey the entire tract, but just the diversion itself, as long as the plan identifies where the
diversion occurs and that diversion is tied to the State Plane Coordinate System. For large tracts
from which there is only a small diversion, a deed plot or a plot of the overall site that was the
subject of a prior survey may be adequate.
The survey of lands replacing the diverted lands must follow the full scope of requirements as if acquired with Green Acres funds. The full scope of work for land surveying services is posted on this site under Standard
Scope of Survey Work.
State House Commission review
sheet and diversion form (PDF, 20 KB)