FRESHWATER WETLANDS PROTECTION ACT RULES

N.J.A.C. 7:7A

SUBCHAPTER 9 PRE-APPLICATION CONFERENCES

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7:7A-9.1 Purpose
7:7A-9.2 Request for a pre-application conference


N.J.A.C. 7:7A-9.1 Purpose

A pre-application conference is recommended for any project that is complex or controversial. It allows the Department to inform potential applicants of the various procedures and policies which apply to the freshwater wetlands, open water fill, stream encroachment, and coastal program permitting process. Department staff will candidly discuss the apparent strengths and weaknesses of the proposed permit application at this conference, but all guidance provided at a pre-application conference shall be non-binding on the Department. A Department decision on a project or any aspect of a project is binding only if it is incorporated into a permit obtained in accordance with this chapter.

N.J.A.C. 7:7A-9.2 Request for a pre-application conference

(a) Potential applicants may request a pre-application conference with the Department. A request for a pre-application conference shall be made in writing and shall include:

(b) The Department encourages the applicant to obtain a letter of interpretation prior to the pre-application conference.

(c) If a pre-application conference is to be held, the Department shall schedule the pre-application conference within 15 days after receiving a request for one. If a pre-application conference is not scheduled within this deadline, the applicant may apply directly for a permit.