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Public Access Planning and Design

Public Access Planning preserves and enhances an important right for the public. Access to our rivers and oceans, and the lands associated with them, is vital to our quality of life and for many communities their economic and environmental health. Residents, community leaders, businesses and non-profits need to understand the complex interrelationships between social, economic and environmental values in coastal areas and work together to balance multiple uses and needs. This understanding will assist them in planning and implementing the efficient use of their land, energy and water resources and help them protect and sustain coastal ecosystems and their communities.


N.J.A.C. 7:7 Coastal Program Permit Rules
N.J.A.C. 7:7E Coastal Zone Management
The Coastal Program Permit Rules and Coastal Zone Management Rules contain important design information for planning and implementing public access. The sections describe where elements of public access may occur, what forms that access may take and in many cases specifically how it should be constructed. In preparing a Municipal Public Access Plan, the rules should be reviewed both generally for an overall understanding of their jurisdiction and then specifically for design input to any projects the municipality may propose as part of their implementation of public access.

Municipal Public Access Plan Contact
Division of Coastal and Land Use Planning
Mail Code 401-07C
PO Box 420  
401 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 984-0058


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