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Public Comment Process

Public notification, engagement and comments are important aspects of public access planning. When municipalities submit their draft municipal public access plans to DEP for review, DEP is required to notify the public as described below and to review their comments. Both the general public and specific interest groups can provide valuable input on a municipality’s draft plan. 

 

Posting Locations and Notification Requirements


 
N.J.A.C. 7.7E-8.11(j)
 The Department shall review an application for approval of a Municipal Public Access Plan to determine whether the plan is consistent with the broad coastal goals described at N.J.A.C. 7:7E-1.1(c), the goals for public access at (b) above and all other requirements of this section.

  1. Upon receipt of an application for approval of a Municipal Public Access Plan that meets the requirements of (e) above, the Department shall seek public comment on the application by:
    1. Posting the proposed Municipal Public Access Plan on the Department’s website;
    2. Notifying by email individuals who have requested notice of applications for approval of Municipal Public Access Plans; and
    3. Publishing notice in the DEP Bulletin.
  2. The Department shall accept public comments on the proposed application for approval of a Municipal Public Access Plan for 30 days following publication of the notice in the DEP Bulletin.
  3. After the close of the public comment period, the Department may request revisions to the proposed Municipal Public Access Plan.
  4. If revisions are requested, the Department shall, in writing, notify the municipality within 60 days of receipt of the revisions that the proposed Municipal Public Access Plan either:
    1. Satisfies the requirements of this section and is approved; or
    2. Does not satisfy the requirements of this section and is not approved with explanation.
  5. If no revisions are requested by the Department, the Department shall, in writing, notify the municipality within 60 days of the end of the public comment period that the proposed Municipal Public Access Plan either:
    1. Satisfies the requirements of this section and is approved; or
    2. Does not satisfy the requirements of this section and is not approved with explanation.
  6. The Department shall provide notice of its determination under (i)4 or 5 above by:
    1. Posting on the Department’s website;
    2. Notifying by email individuals who have requested notice of applications for approval of Municipal Public Access Plans; and
    3. Publishing the determination in the DEP Bulletin.

Notifications
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Post a Comment
To post a comment on a draft Municipal Public Access Plan, visit:
www.nj.gov/dep/cmp/access/mpappostcomments.htm

Posted Comments
To view comments that have been submitted on a draft Municipal Public Access Plan, visit:
www.nj.gov/dep/cmp/access/mpappostedcomments.htm

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