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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
Green Acres Program is responsible for funding the acquisition of lands for
conservation and recreational purposes. Land surveys are conducted
by New Jersey Licensed Professional Land Surveyors, and corresponding
metes and bounds descriptions are prepared for each parcel
of land being acquired pursuant to the program rules, using
the standard Green Acres Scope of Survey Work for land surveys.
Other State agencies have responsibilities that require professional land surveying
services or property surveys that are similar in nature to
the requirements specified below:
The New Jersey Department of Treasury/Division of Property Management and Construction (DPMC) issues Requests for Proposals (RFP) for two–year contracts. This process pre–qualifies firms with the best technical capabilities based upon pre–established criteria set forth in the RFP. Green Acres can then request competitive bids from and engage those DPMC pre-qualified contractors determined to be the most responsive and responsible in fulfilling the requirements of Green Acres State Land Acquisition site–specific RFPs.
- Mark the location of the parcel on the ground
- Locate and map any natural and man–made physical
features as may be found on the parcel
- Measure the property lines and determine the area of the
- Identify any conflicts with adjoining deeds, locate and
dimension any encroachments affecting the parcel, and show
findings in detail
- Provide a plan depicting the findings of the survey
- Describe the parcel in terms of New Jersey State Plane
Coordinate System (NJSPCS) to facilitate mapping the parcel
in the NJDEP Geographic Information System/Land Information
- Provide an accurate, unambiguous and modern metes and bounds
description that includes the NJSPCS coordinate values of
the survey's point of beginning and corresponds to the
survey, written in the same bearing system as the survey.
The description, with a reduced copy of the survey plan attached,
will be used in the deed of conveyance.
- Locate and identify easements, locatable restrictions,
and right–of–way lines affecting the parcel
- Assist in the fair market value appraisal process by providing
information regarding suitability of the parcel for a particular
purpose or provide notice when size, shape, area, condition,
utility, marketability and insurability or location and extent
of encroachments of the parcel are factors in the acquisition
- Resolve or explain issues that serve to eliminate patent
and latent deed ambiguities as may exist in the description
found in the present deed of record
Time is of the essence when survey work is ordered. Surveys
are ordered only after a contract to purchase real estate has
been executed and an approximate closing date has been established.
Pre–qualifying and awarding contracts to the most experienced,
well–equipped firms allows for the lowest cost to the State.
Please visit our Standard Scope of Survey Work page for full details of the standard requirements for surveys reviewed by Green Acres, as well as a summary of minimum requirements.