The land-use and development standards of the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) are implemented through the land-use and development ordinances of 52 Pinelands municipalities. Primary enforcement of Pinelands regulations lies with the municipalities. The Pinelands Commission works closely with local governments to provide technical support in pursuing violations. Pinelands staff also serve as expert witnesses in court hearings. In cases of particularly egregious violations, the Pinelands Commission may take direct enforcement action through the State Attorney General’s Office.
It is recommended that citizens who would like to report a suspected violation of the development and land-use standards of the CMP should first report it to the zoning or code enforcement officer within the respective municipality. If the violation pertains to a CMP matter, the Commission Staff will work closely with the municipality to resolve the matter. If, for any reason, this is not possible, possible violations may be reported to the Pinelands Commission’s Regulatory Programs Office at 609-894-7300.