Environmental Capacity-Based Planning
Environmental capacity-based planning recognizes both the environmental limits and opportunities for growth. Environmental limits include drinking water and available 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.
DEP initiatives that seek to implement environmental capacity based planning include water quality management planning, the Statewide Water Supply Master Plan and the Landscape Project. OPSC planners work across program lines – both within the Department and through other state agencies - to ensure environmental capacity based planning is integrated and translated into tangible actions that can be applied at the local level.
NJ Environmental Capacity-Based Planning Links:
State Development and Redevelopment Plan
The OPSC works closely with the State Planning Commission and Department of Community Affairs’ Office of Smart Growth to coordinate the goals and objectives of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan with the relevant programs, regulations and priorities of the DEP. This process takes place through Plan Endorsement and Cross-acceptance
Summary Description of current Cross-Acceptance Process
On April 28, 2004, the New Jersey State Planning Commission approved the release of the Preliminary State Development and Redevelopment Plan (State Plan) and the Preliminary State Plan Policy Map. This action launched the third round of Cross-acceptance.
Cross-acceptance is a bottom-up approach to planning, designed to encourage consistency between municipal, county, regional, and state plans to create a meaningful, up-to-date and viable State Plan (N.J.S.A. 52:18A-202.b.).
This process is meant to ensure that all New Jersey residents and levels of government have the opportunity to participate and shape the goals, strategies and policies of the State Plan.
Plan Endorsement encourages municipalities to engage in cooperative regional planning. It ensures that municipal, county, regional and State Agency plans are consistent with the State Development and Redevelopment Plan and with each other. An endorsed plan entitles municipalities and counties to a higher priority for available funding, streamlined permit reviews, and coordinated state agency services. Priority is given to county and regional strategic plans.
Plan Endorsement Consistency Reviews
The Office of Planning and Sustainable Community staff review petitions for Plan Endorsement to the DCA’s Office of Smart Growth for consistency with DEP’s programs and regulations.
In addition to the Commission’s Plan Endorsement Guidelines, the DEP has developed its own guidelines and review criteria to assist counties and municipalities in the Plan Endorsement process, and to assist in determining consistency with both the State Development and Redevelopment Plan and Department-related plans and programs.
This guidance document is entitled NJDEP Initial Plan Endorsement Program and Process Guide, dated September 26, 2004.
Click on the map link below to view examples of the DEP’s Consistency Review and Comments on the Petition for Initial Plan Endorsement:
Sample Ordinances and Plans
Environmental Assessment Ordinance and Checklist
Flood Control Plan
- NJ Examples:
- National Examples
Habitat Conservation Plan
Historic Preservation Ordinances
Municipal Environmental Justice Program
Municipal Stormwater Permit Requirements
Natural Resource Inventory
Open Space and Recreation
Septic Management Plan and Ordinance
Steep Slope Model Ordinance
Stream Corridor Protection Ordinance
Utility Services Plan
Wastewater Management Plan
As a coastal peninsular state, New Jersey has over 200 miles of coastline, with coastal environments ranging from the industrialized waterfronts of northern New Jersey to the estuary ecosystem of the Delaware Bay. Planning in these areas must address the special value that coastal resources provide for the State. The OPSC works closely with municipal and county governments to ensure that planning efforts in the coastal zone are consistent with all Department policies, programs, and rules. This comprehensive approach to coastal planning serves to protect and enhance New Jersey coastal ecosystems and the economies that depend on them.
General Planning Links
NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Office of Smart Growth (OSG) Links
Transfer Development Rights (TDR)
American Planning Association