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Wednesday, September 6
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wednesday, September 6


Ordinance 1969-2017 amends Chapter 233 (Land Management) of the Code of Galloway Township by revising permitted uses in the R5C Cluster Overlay District.  Specifically, Ordinance 1969-2017 adds public recreational facilities as a permitted use, subject to a number of conditions related to maximum building coverage, gross density and sewer service. Because the R5C Cluster Overlay District was originally established as a means of providing protection to a Blue Heron Rookery, Ordinance 1969-2017 requires that all public recreation facilities in the district be located outside the protected rookery area. 

Ordinance 1970-2017 amends the Zoning Map of Galloway Township by expanding the R5C Cluster Overlay District to include Block 647, Lots 1 and 7, and a portion of Block 473, Lot 13.  These three lots are currently located in the R5 (Rural Development) District.

The R5C Overlay is located in a Pinelands Rural Development Area, where sewer service is generally not permitted by the CMP. However, sewer service is allowed in the R5C Cluster Overlay District as a means of encouraging clustering and protection of lands in the rookery area. Therefore, expansion of the R5C Cluster Overlay District could modify the sewer service area boundaries in the Atlantic County Water Quality Management Plan.

Ordinances 1969-2017 and 1970-2017 directly relate to CMP standards and must be formally reviewed and approved by the Pinelands Commission before they may take effect.



The Township’s 2017 Housing Element and Fair Share Plan contains updated data and analysis pertaining to the Township’s current and projected demographic, housing stock, and employment characteristics as well as an updated Fair Share Plan for the cumulative period 1987-2025. The Fair Share Plan provides information on past efforts to provide affordable housing and outlines the mechanisms that will facilitate the attainment of the Township’s affordable housing obligation.

Ordinance 17-008 amends Chapter 245, Land Use and Development, of the Code of the Township of Manchester. In particular, it establishes the Pinelands Affordable Housing (PAF-1) Zone including provisions for permitted uses, bulk standards and Pinelands Development Credit requirements. The ordinance rezones three lots, approximately 93 acres, from the PRC-1 Zone to the PAF-1 Zone as well as one lot, approximately 6 acres, from the PRC-1 Zone to the PR-40 Zone. All lots affected by the ordinance are located within the Pinelands Regional Growth Area.

Therefore, the Housing Element and Fair Share Plan and Ordinance 17-008 directly relate to CMP standards and must be formally reviewed and approved by the Pinelands Commission before they may take effect.



Ordinance 662 adopts a redevelopment plan for one parcel (Block 257, Lot 1) in Maurice River Township. This redevelopment plan establishes a new PB-O (Pinelands Business Overlay) zoning district for the parcel, as well as revised design and bulk standards designed to facilitate nonresidential development. Permitted uses in the PB-O District include retail stores, personal service establishments, professional and business offices and restaurants. Notably, the redevelopment plan allows development in the PB-O District to be served by either a conventional on-site septic system or an on-site advanced treatment system designed to reduce the level of nitrate/nitrogen in wastewater.  If such an advanced treatment system is proposed, Ordinance 662 requires the permanent protection of a certain amount of contiguous or noncontiguous vacant land as a means of controlling the overall intensity of development.

The new PB-O District is located in a Pinelands Rural Development Area. As such, Ordinance 662 directly relates to CMP standards and must be formally reviewed and approved by the Pinelands Commission before it may take effect.

** The hearings for Galloway, Manchester and Maurice River will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Pinelands Commission Office, 15C Springfield Road, New Lisbon, NJ. Written testimony may be submitted at the hearings or sent directly to the Pinelands Commission, 15C Springfield Rd, P.O. Box 359, New Lisbon, NJ 08064 or via facsimile at (609) 894-7330 or by email through the Commission’s web site at no later than September 13, 2017. For further information, please call the Pinelands Commission at (609) 894-7300. 


Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Proposed regulatory amendments to the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) relating to Fees; Escrows; Definitions; Standards for Certification; Application Requirements and Procedures; Landfills; Water Quality; Signs; Petitions for Amendment; Pilot Program for Alternate Design Wastewater Treatment Systems.

The hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Offices of the Pinelands Commission, Richard J. Sullivan Center, 15C Springfield Road, New Lisbon, New Jersey.

A quorum of the Commission may be present at the hearing, but no formal action will be taken.

If you would like to pre-register to testify at the hearing, please contact Ms. Betsy Piner at the Pinelands Commission office, (609) 894-7300.  Or  You may also register to testify at the hearing.

Written comments may be submitted to Ms. Susan R. Grogan, Chief Planner, Pinelands Commission, 15 Springfield Road, P.O. Box 359, New Lisbon, New Jersey 08064. The Commission will also accept written comments by facsimile (609) 894-7330 or e-mail ( or through the Commission’s website at  All written comments must be received by November 17, 2017 and must include the name and mailing address of the commenter.