The following is an exerpt from the complete rule proposal available at:
The Department regulates the use and development of coastal resources under the Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA), N.J.S.A. 13:19-1 et seq., the Wetlands Act of 1970, N.J.S.A. 13:9A-1 et seq., and the Waterfront Development Law, N.J.S.A. 12:5-1 et seq., through the Coastal Permit Program Rules at N.J.A.C. 7:7 and the Coastal Zone Management rules at N.J.A.C. 7:7E.
In the late fall of 2012, New Jersey suffered extraordinary levels of damage to homes, businesses, infrastructure, bulkheads, waterways, and beaches as a result of Superstorm Sandy. In the aftermath of Sandy, the State immediately took steps to address redevelopment and reconstruction and to reduce risks to public safety, health, and the environment while rebuilding a more resilient coastal community. The Department undertook emergency rulemaking to amend the Flood Hazard Areas Control Act (FHACA) rules (N.J.A.C. 7:13) to ensure that structures are constructed at appropriate elevations taking into account the best available flood elevation data (see 45 N.J.R. 360(a) and 1104(a)), and to amend the Coastal Permit Program rules and the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) rules to facilitate the expeditious rebuilding of residential and commercial developments; the reconstruction of existing marinas and construction of new marinas; the restoration of the shellfish aquaculture industry; the maintenance of engineered beaches and dunes; the establishment of living shorelines; and the removal of sand and other materials while encouraging the rehabilitation of dredged material disposal/placement areas (see 45 N.J.R. 1141(a) and 1696(a)). The Department is now proposing to consolidate the Coastal Permit Program Rules and the Coastal Zone Management rules into one chapter and to make other changes intended to further encourage appropriate redevelopment of more resilient coastal communities. The proposal reflects the Department’s knowledge and experience concerning coastal development issues accumulated over decades as well as specific
lessons learned from the impact of and rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy and other weather
Public hearings concerning this proposal will be held as follows:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 5:30 P.M. Long Branch Council Chambers, 2nd floor 344 Broadway Long Branch, New Jersey
Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. NJ Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing Room 401 East State Street, 1st floor Trenton, New Jersey
Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve Jacques Cousteau Coastal Education Center 130 Great Bay Blvd Tuckerton, New Jersey
A 60-day public comment period will run through August 1, 2014.You may submit comments by August 1, 2014, electronically at http://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/comments.