Notice of Rule Proposal
Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:7A
Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:13
Coastal Zone Management Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:7
Proposed amendments, repeals, and new rules

Take notice that the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is proposing comprehensive amendments to the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act Rules to add appropriate flexibility, provide better consistency with Federal, local, and other State requirements, implement statutory amendments related to agricultural exemptions and stream cleaning, and address implementation issues identified since the chapter’s readoption with amendments in 2008. Additional amendments are proposed to the Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules and to the Coastal Zone Management Rules to maintain consistency between the chapters. This rulemaking is part of the Department’s effort to transform the operations of the Division of Land Use Regulation in order to better prioritize and refocus permitting efforts on activities that are most likely to pose risk to the environment.

The proposal is scheduled to be published in the New Jersey Register dated May 1, 2017.  A copy of the proposal is available at: https://dep.nj.gov/wp-content/uploads/rules/proposals/20170501a.pdf and from LexisNexis free public access to the New Jersey Register, https://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/njoal/.

Public hearings concerning the proposal are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.
Batsto Visitor Center Auditorium
Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest
31 Batsto Road
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 9:30 A.M.
DEP Public Hearing Room
401 East State Street
Trenton, New Jersey

Written comments may be submitted electronically by June 30, 2017 at https://nj.gov/dep/rules/comments/; or in hard copy to:

Gary J. Brower, Esq.
ATTN: DEP Docket No. 06-17-03
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Legal Affairs
Mail Code 401-04L; PO Box 402
401 East State Street, 7th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402