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Pinelands Infrastructure Trust Fund


The Pinelands Infrastructure Fund (PITF) was established in 1985 to help local governments and utility authorities defray the costs associated with supporting the population and economic growth targeted to Pinelands Regional Growth Management Areas.  By supporting growth in the Regional Growth Area, the Act also simultaneously offered land value equity to property owners in the Preservation Area through implementation of the Pinelands Development Credit (PDC) Program.  The types of infrastructure that may be funded pursuant to the Act include wastewater treatment and collection systems, stormwater management facilities (including green infrastructure), water supply systems, and transportation projects

The PITF Act required the Pinelands Commission to create a Pinelands Infrastructure Master Plan. (See the 1986 Master Plan here.) The Infrastructure Master Plan accomplished three things. It delineated a funding structure for loans, grants, and local matching funds. It created a ranking system by which proposed infrastructure projects would be judged for funding eligibility. Lastly, it generated the list of projects that were deemed eligible for the initial round of funding. Projects proposed for funding must first be approved by the Pinelands Commission and the list is then forwarded to the State Infrastructure Bank for legislative approval.  The Pinelands Infrastructure Master Plan must be amended for each round of funding.  An amendment to the Pinelands Infrastructure Master Plan may alter the ranking system, the allocation of funds, and/or the projects deemed eligible for funding. 


Pinelands Infrastructure Master Plan Amendment

The Infrastructure Master Plan was amended by the Commission in February 2019.  A copy of the amendment is available here on the Commission’s website. Interested persons should note that PITF funds are only available to aid with projects that serve a Pinelands Regional Growth Area.  A map of the Pinelands Management Areas is available on the Commission’s website using the “maps” tab on the home page.  A future amendment is planned to rank any projects submitted in response to a request for proposals and that list will be forwarded to the State for funding authorization through a legislative process.


Request for Proposals

The Commission is now soliciting project proposals for a new funding round. Municipalities and utility authorities with projects that will serve Pinelands Regional Growth Areas are encouraged to respond.  A copy of the Request for Proposals is available by clicking here.

For further information, please contact Gina Berg or Ed Wengrowski of the Commission's Planning Staff at (609) 894-7300.