The Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning is organized in four groups Coastal Management, Northern and Urban Land Use Planning, Southern and Coastal Land Use Planning, and Planning Support. The two Land Use Planning groups administer the statewide Water Quality Management Planning program, performs DEP’s State Plan Endorsement reviews, and perform regional planning functions across the state. Coastal Management reviews and administers New Jersey’s federal Coastal Management Program and is responsible for development and implementation of the DEP Municipal Public Access Planning program. The Office also coordinates the Department's Livng Shoreline program.
The Coastal Management group’s primary functions are the administration of New Jersey’s federally approved Coastal Management Program and the development and implementation of the planning and enhancement initiatives including the Clean Marina Program, the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program and the DEP Municipal Public Access Planning program.
Coastal Management Program
Staff develop and implement long range planning projects involving coastal resource issues, and coordinate their efforts with complementary programs having similar interests and initiatives in the coastal area. These complementary programs include the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, and three estuary programs - Delaware River, NY/NJ Harbor and the Barnegat Bay, as well as the coastal programs of adjacent states. The staff also advises the Department regarding existing policies that influence coastal resource management. Staff members work with municipal, county and state government, as well as non-profit groups on non-point pollution abatement projects. Coastal Management staff also administer Coastal Zone Management Grants and prepares grant performance reports.
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The Land Use Planning groups facilitate planning approaches based on principles of sustainability and environmental capacity-based planning. These groups coordinate the Department’s policies of responsible development with environmental capacity-based planning and proactively work with other State agencies, regional entities, local governments, and other groups to incorporate these policies into all levels of land use and environmental planning.
Southern & Coastal Land Use Planning
Region: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, and Salem counties; Pinelands Area
State Strategic Plan / Development and Redevelopment Plan
Staff continues to represent the Department in the Plan Endorsement Process led by the NJ Office of Planning Advocacy, and remains engaged in implementation of the State Strategic Plan.
Staff from the Land Use Planning groups perform DEP’s portion of the Plan Endorsement review associated with the State Development and Redevelopment Plan, consistent with the Plan Endorsement rule (N.J.A.C. 5:85).
CAFRA Center Designation
Staff from the Land Use Planning groups, in coordination with the Coastal Management Program, oversees the identification and designation of CAFRA Centers, as regulated by the Coastal Zone Management rules (N.J.A.C. 7:7E).
Staff from the Northern and Urban Land Use Planning group coordinate land use planning efforts in the Highlands Region with the Highlands Water Protection & Planning Council, as designated by the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (N.J.S.A. 13:20) and Rule (N.J.A.C. 7:38).
Staff from the Southern and Coastal Land Use Planning group coordinate land use planning efforts in the Pinelands Area with the Pinelands Commission, as designated by the Pinelands Act (N.J.S.A. 13:18A).
Sustainable Jersey™ is a voluntary certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. Staff from the Land Use Planning groups, and Coastal Management group, chair and staff multiple Sustainable Jersey Task Forces.
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Environmental Capacity-based Planning
Environmental capacity-based planning recognizes both the environmental limits and opportunities for growth. Environmental limits include drinking water availability and sewer service capacity. Opportunities include the redevelopment of brownfield sites, the preservation of open space and natural resources including rare plant and animal species and representative ecological communities.
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"Sustainability" or "Sustainable Development" has been defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This approach recognizes the need to balance environmental quality, economic vitality and community equity as the State continues to grow and develop.
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