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The Division of Coastal and Land Use Planning is organized in four groups Coastal Management, Northern and Urban Land Use Planning, Southern and Coastal Land Use Planning, and Planning Support. The two Land Use Planning groups administer the statewide Water Quality Management Planning program, performs DEP’s State Plan Endorsement reviews, and perform regional planning functions across the state.  Coastal Management reviews and administers New Jersey’s federal Coastal Management Program and is responsible for development and implementation of the DEP Municipal Public Access Planning program. The Planning Support group is responsible for the reviews of Highlands Applicability Determination applications, and provides administrative completeness and technical reviews for the Water Quality Management Plan program.


Coastal Management
Manager: Martin Rosen

The Coastal Management group’s primary functions are the administration of New Jersey’s federally approved Coastal Management Program and the development and implementation of the planning and enhancement initiatives including the Clean Marina Program, the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program and the DEP Municipal Public Access Planning program.

Coastal Management Program
Staff develop and implement long range planning projects involving coastal resource issues, and coordinate their efforts with complementary programs having similar interests and initiatives in the coastal area. These complementary programs include the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, and three estuary programs - Delaware River, NY/NJ Harbor and the Barnegat Bay, as well as the coastal programs of adjacent states. The staff also advises the Department regarding existing policies that influence coastal resource management. Staff members work with municipal, county and state government, as well as non-profit groups on non-point pollution abatement projects. Coastal Management staff also administer Coastal Zone Management Grants and prepares grant performance reports.

More Info: Coastal Management Program Web Site

More Info: Public Access Web Site


Land Use Planning
Manager: Bill Purdie (South/Coastal)
Manager: Nick Angarone (North/Urban)
Phone: (609) 984-6888

The Land Use Planning groups facilitate planning approaches based on principles of sustainability and environmental capacity-based planning. These groups coordinate the Department’s policies of responsible development with environmental capacity-based planning and proactively work with other State agencies, regional entities, local governments, and other groups to incorporate these policies into all levels of land use and environmental planning.

Southern & Coastal Land Use Planning
Region: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, and Salem counties; Pinelands Area

Water Quality Management Planning
The DEP administers the Water Quality Management (WQM) Planning rules, N.J.A.C. 7:15, in conjunction with the Statewide WQM Plan, which together constitute the Continuing Planning Process conducted pursuant to the Water Quality Planning Act, N.J.S.A. 58:11A-1 et seq., the Water Pollution Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10A-1 et seq., and N.J.S.A. 13:1D-1 et seq., and as required by Sections 303(e) and 208 of the Federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.). According to these rules, the Commissioner of the DEP shall not undertake, or authorize through the issuance of a permit, any project or activity that affects water quality and conflicts with the applicable sections of adopted WQM Plans or the Statewide WQM Planning rules. The existing rules establish a mechanism for the determination of consistency between proposed projects or activities requiring DEP permits and the WQM Plans.

In addition, procedures for the modification of water quality management plans, either through amendment or revision are also specified. The revision process has two separate tracks, one that is solely to address documented errors in the existing WQM Plans, and the second to address certain specified minor changes to the WQM Plan. The amendment process also has two separate tracks, one that addresses project-specific amendments, and the second which amends the WQM Plans for entire wastewater management planning areas of municipal or county size. Designated planning agencies with approved procedures may also process WQM Plan amendments, but such amendments are only valid if approved by the Department as the Governor’s designee.

More Info: Water Quality Management Planning Web Site

State Strategic Plan / Development and Redevelopment Plan
Staff continues to represent the Department in the Plan Endorsement Process led by the NJ Office of Planning Advocacy, and remains engaged in implementation of the State Strategic Plan.

State Plan Endorsement
Staff from the Land Use Planning groups perform DEP’s portion of the Plan Endorsement review associated with the State Development and Redevelopment Plan, consistent with the Plan Endorsement rule (N.J.A.C. 5:85).

CAFRA Center Designation
Staff from the Land Use Planning groups, in coordination with the Coastal Management Program, oversees the identification and designation of CAFRA Centers, as regulated by the Coastal Zone Management rules (N.J.A.C. 7:7E).

Highlands Region
Staff from the Northern and Urban Land Use Planning group coordinate land use planning efforts in the Highlands Region with the Highlands Water Protection & Planning Council, as designated by the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (N.J.S.A. 13:20) and Rule (N.J.A.C. 7:38).

Pinelands Area
Staff from the Southern and Coastal Land Use Planning group coordinate land use planning efforts in the Pinelands Area with the Pinelands Commission, as designated by the Pinelands Act (N.J.S.A. 13:18A).

Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey™ is a voluntary certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. Staff from the Land Use Planning groups, and Coastal Management group, chair and staff multiple Sustainable Jersey Task Forces.

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Environmental Capacity-based Planning
Environmental capacity-based planning recognizes both the environmental limits and opportunities for growth.  Environmental limits include drinking water availability and sewer service capacity.  Opportunities include the redevelopment of brownfield sites, the preservation of open space and natural resources including rare plant and animal species and representative ecological communities.

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Sustainable Communities
"Sustainability" or "Sustainable Development" has been defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This approach recognizes the need to balance environmental quality, economic vitality and community equity as the State continues to grow and develop.

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The Planning Support group is responsible for review Highlands Applicability Determination applications and Water Quality Management Plan amendments and revision applications for administrative completeness and in some instances technical completeness.  


Highlands Applicability Determinations
Supervisor: Barbara Greenhalgh-Weidman

In accordance with the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act, N.J.S.A. 13:20-1 et seq. (Act) and as established in the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:38, the staff reviews applications for development in the Highlands Preservation Area to determine: 

  1. if the proposed development is a Major Highlands Development (MHD),
  2. if it is a Major Highlands Development, if it meets one of the exemptions stated in the Act and reflected in the Rules, and
  3. if the project is consistent with the applicable Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP).

If the development is found to not be a Major Highlands Development or exempt from the Act, but requires a permit from the Department, the necessary permit(s) will be reviewed in accordance with the applicable rules and not under the more restrictive requirements of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act/Rules. If the project is found to be a MHD and does not qualify for one of the exemptions the project must then proceed to apply for a Highlands Preservation Area Approval (HPAA) from the Department where the Department will perform a consolidated permit review against the stricter requirements of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act/Rules and issue a single HPAA. 

Consistency with the WQMP is required under the Water Quality Management Planning Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:15, for all projects seeking Department approvals.

More Info: Water Quality Management Planning Web Site

 

 

 
 

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