Soil Protection Standards


Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period on SADC Rule Proposal Establishing Soil Protection Standards on Preserved Farmland

Proposal of new rules, N.J.A.C. 2:76-25, Soil Disturbance on Preserved Farmland; N.J.A.C. 2:76-25A, Supplemental Soil Disturbance Standards


Take notice that the New Jersey State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) is extending the public comment period on the proposed new rules set forth above.

The notice of proposal was published in the New Jersey Register on August 7, 2023, at 55 N.J.R. 8(1), with a sixty (60) day public comment period to October 6, 2023.  The public comment period was extended to November 6, 2023.


Public comments on the proposed rules may now be submitted by February 23, 2024 to:

Susan E. Payne, Executive Director

State Agriculture Development Committee

P.O. Box 330

Trenton, NJ 08625-0330

Or electronically to:


For more information on the proposed Soil Protection Standards rules (baseline soil disturbance maps, proposed rules, public hearing recording, and additional resources), click here.


February 22, 2024 SADC Meeting Agenda

Please note this is an in-person meeting open to the public.  The meeting will begin at 9am at 200 Riverview Plaza, 1st floor, Trenton, NJ.

For the convenience of the public, the meeting will be televised via TEAMS.  Please refer to the linked agenda for the public comment instructions.


Special Occasion Events

P.L. 2023, c.9 became law on February 3, 2023. The law recognizes the positive effects that holding special occasion events (SOEs) on preserved farms can have, under certain conditions. For more information, see the SOE law and the SOE Guidance Documents.

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