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DEP Extends Opportunity for Public Comment on BIG Map:
Revised Map to be Released in May

(03/46) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is extending the current informal public comment period for the Blueprint for Intelligent Growth (BIG) Map from the original deadline of today to April 25, 2003.

Following the April 25 deadline, a revised BIG Map incorporating public comments as well as a more in-depth description of regulatory considerations will be released in May for an additional 30-day informal public review. DEP will formally propose a final draft of the BIG Map through the rulemaking process in the fall.

To achieve smart growth and to improve the quality of life for all New Jersey residents, the DEP launched Big Map to show where the department, through streamlined regulatory approaches, will encourage growth, new development and redevelopment, and where it will discourage inappropriate growth to protect the state's waters and natural resources.

In seeking public comment, the department is interested in the following six topics:

  • The overall concept of this "traffic light" approach to environmental regulation;
  • The appropriateness of the use of the different data sets to construct the draft BIG Map;
  • Recommendations for additional data sets to further refine the green, yellow and red light areas;
  • The appropriateness of the suggested regulatory changes in accordance with the BIG Map;
  • Specific recommendations for regulatory changes that may contribute to achieving the department's objectives for its Smart Growth strategy; and
  • Recommendations on methods to encourage appropriate redevelopment of already built areas of the state, including both regulatory and non-regulatory methods.

Public comments may be submitted via the DEP homepage ( or in writing to:

Janis E. Hoagland
Attn: DEP Docket No. 03-03-02
Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Legal Affairs
401 E. State Street
P.O. Box 402
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0402



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