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The Office of Policy Implementation

The Office of Policy Implementation

The Department has published a new Technical Manual regarding the Flood Hazard Area Control Act (FHACA) Rules to foster greater understanding of the regulatory standards and information required to obtain a permit under these rules. The FHACA Rules establish stringent standards for development in and adjacent to the regulated waters of New Jersey to protect people and property from the negative impacts of flooding and to maintain stable and healthy riparian ecosystems. This manual supplements the FHACA Rules by explaining rule provisions and guiding potential applicants in how to meet those standards and demonstrate compliance in a permit application. Should you have any questions regarding this Technical Manual, please contact Pete DeMeo at 609-292-1932.

The Department has published a new Technical Manual regarding the Flood Hazard Area Control Act (FHACA) Rules to foster greater understanding of the regulatory standards and information required to obtain a permit under these rules. The FHACA Rules establish stringent standards for development in and adjacent to the regulated waters of New Jersey to protect people and property from the negative impacts of flooding and to maintain stable and healthy riparian ecosystems. This manual supplements the FHACA Rules by explaining rule provisions and guiding potential applicants in how to meet those standards and demonstrate compliance in a permit application. Should you have any questions regarding this Technical Manual, please contact Pete DeMeo at 609-292-1932.

Land Use Management is responsible for regulating land use activities with the potential to exacerbate flooding and to impact the health and quality of our streams, estuaries, coastal waters, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and drinking water.

 

The Office of Policy Implementation (OPI) plays four major roles in this objective:

Rulemaking

 

OPI’s Rule Team develops the regulations for permitting activities in the three major land use areas – the coastal area, freshwater wetlands, and flood hazard areas.

Education and Outreach

 

OPI’s education and outreach initiative promotes increased public awareness and knowledge of the current land use rule changes, application process, and permitting as well as the importance of ensuring our environment for future generations.

Coordination

 

The importance and intricacy of regulating land use activities requires the involvement of a number of offices, agencies, and other entities on the State, Federal, and local levels. OPI helps harmonize the activities and concerns of these various groups.

Mitigation Council & Banking

 

 OPI plays two roles in the management of mitigation activities – serving as the staff to the Wetlands Mitigation Council and overseeing all mitigation bank projects.

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Contact OPI:

Email: OPI@dep.nj.gov  Phone: (609).633.2201  Fax: (609).292.4608

 

 

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