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Coordination with other Plans and Programs

Municipal Public Access Plans should be coordinated with many other plans to ensure consistency and effective implementation. A number of typical plans and programs are provided for assistance.

Municipal Master Plan
The municipal public access plan is required to be adopted into the Municipal Master Plan as part of one of the elements (typically open space or recreation). It is therefore critical that both plans be reviewed and coordinated with each other to ensure consistency with all elements of the public access plan and the Master Plan.

Comprehensive and Long Range Planning
In developing the Municipal Public Access Plan, consideration should be given to consistency and coordination with all comprehensive and long range plans for the municipality, contiguous municipalities, counties, regional and state issues and initiatives that may impact on the viability and implementation of the Public Access Plan. To further this end, the rules require that municipalities submit their draft municipal public access plans to other municipalities, counties and regional planning entities as indicated below.

N.J.A.C. 7:7E-8.11(h)
A municipality filing an application for approval of a Municipal Public Access Plan pursuant to (e) above shall provide a full copy of the submittal to the county planning board for the county within which the municipality is located as well as to any regional planning entities with jurisdiction over any portion of the municipality affected by the Municipal Public Access Plan. If the municipality filing an application for approval of a Municipal Public Access Plan has proposed, as a component of the plan, any joint projects with one or more neighboring municipalities, a full copy of the submittal shall also be provided to the neighboring municipality and the county planning board for the county within which the neighboring municipality(s) are located should the municipality(s) be located in a different county.

Shore Protection and the US Army Corp of Engineers
Public access related to Shore Protection is now handled under its respective rules. As noted below, coordination with the US Army Corp of Engineers standards is required. 

N.J.A.C.7:7E-8.11(s)
For applicants obtaining permits to conduct shore protection projects along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Sandy Hook Bay, Raritan Bay or Delaware Bay, and/or estuaries directly connected therewith, under the guidance of, and with participation by, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), access shall be provided in accordance with the ACOE Planning Guidance Notebook Section IV– Hurricane and Storm Damage Prevention (CECW-P Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100, April 22, 2000) as amended and supplemented. The ACOE guidance states, “Reasonable access is access approximately every one-half mile or less,” and further states, “lack of sufficient parking facilities for the general public (including nonresident users) located reasonably near and accessible to the project beaches may constitute a restriction on public access and use, thereby precluding eligibility for Corps participation.” (See section E-24d., Public Use and its Relation to Federal Participation, provisions (2) and (3).)

Shore Protection Standards

Marinas, Piers, and Other Locations
Marinas, Piers and other locations as described below are not required to be included in a Municipal Public Access Plan, however coordinating their conditions and other types and locations of public access can provide a more comprehensive approach to public access.

N.J.A.C. 7:7E-8.11(g)
A Municipal Public Access Plan shall not require:

  1. Public access {requirements} along the Hudson River in the Hudson River Waterfront Area as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.48(a)2 inconsistent with N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.48(e). Public access elsewhere in the Hudson River Waterfront Area shall be governed by this section;
  2. Public access at marinas, as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7E-7.3(d)1. Public access requirements at marinas shall be governed by (p) below;
  3. Public access at piers. Public access requirements at piers shall be governed by (q) below;
  4. Public access at existing commercial development that is not classified as “new commercial development” pursuant to (n)1ii below. Public access requirements at existing commercial development shall be governed by (n)1i below;
  5. Public access at existing residential development or new residential development where the development consists solely of the construction of one single family home or duplex not in conjunction with a previous development. Public access requirements at existing residential development shall be governed by (n)2i below. Public access at new residential development, consisting solely of the construction of one single family home or duplex not in conjunction with a previous development, shall be governed by (n)2ii below;
  6. Public access at existing industrial or public development. Public access requirements at existing industrial or public development shall be governed by (n)3i below;
  7. Public access at existing homeland security facilities. Public access requirements at existing homeland security facilities shall be governed by (n)4i below; or
  8. Public access at existing or new ports. Public access requirements at ports shall be governed by (n)5 belo


Transportation Public Access Plans

Both the NJ Department of Transportation and the NJ Counties provide public access locations on and from their roads, bridges and associated properties. These locations can supplement the municipal public access locations and should be considered when developing the Municipal Public Access Plan.  Where they exist within a municipality they should be indicated on the inventory plans.

 

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