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NJ DEPARTMENT of ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
LAND USE MANAGEMENT
DIVISION OF LAND USE MANAGEMENT

Notice of Rule Proposal

Coastal Permit Program Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:7
Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:7A
Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:13
Proposed amendments to application fees

PUBLIC NOTICE

Take notice that the NJ Department of Environmental Protection is proposing amend, repeal, and adopt new rules concerning fees for applications for permits and determinations or approvals in the Coastal Permit Program Rules at N.J.A.C. 7:7, the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act Rules  at N.J.A.C. 7:7A, and the Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules at N.J.A.C. 7:13.  A statement of the substance of the proposal follows: The proposed amendments and new rules establish a simplified, cohesive fee structure across the three chapters of rules, and incorporate a process to adjust fees in the future for each of the three permitting programs based on their respective projected annual budgets and projected fee revenues. The fee adjustment for each program would be accomplished through publication in the New Jersey Register of a public notice of a fee report and administrative changes to the fee amounts.  The proposed amendments and new rules also make uniform the fees for certain permits and determinations that are common to all three programs, which will enhance the Department’s ability to implement electronic permitting in the future. The proposed amendments modify the fee amounts and will result in an increase in the fees overall, although the revenue from the fees as proposed to be adjusted will still fall short of the amount necessary to fully cover the costs to review and process applications.

The proposal is scheduled to be published in the New Jersey Register dated September 2, 2014.  A copy of the proposal is available at http://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/proposals/20140902a.pdf and in official repository libraries.  In addition, LexisNexis provides free on-line public access to the New Jersey Administrative Code and the New Jersey Register at http://www.lexisnexis.com/njoal.

A public hearing concerning the proposal is scheduled as follows

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 1:30 P.M.
NJ Department of Environment Protection
Public Hearing Room
401 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08060

Written comments may be submitted electronically by November 1, 2014 at http://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/comments; or in hard copy to:

Gary J. Brower, Esq.
ATTN: DEP Docket No. 06-14-08
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Legal Affairs
Mail Code 401-04L; PO Box 402
401 East State Street, 7th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

 

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