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  • NJ A1511
  • Establishes criteria and requirements for shore protection project priority list and funding from Shore Protection Fund.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill amends current law, specifically P.L.1992, c.148 (C.13:19-16.1) and P.L.1997, c.384 (C.13:19-16.2), concerning funding for shore protection projects. The bill amends P.L.1992, c.148 (C.13:19-16.1), the law concerning the use of monies in the Shore Protection Fund, to specify that projects must be consistent with the new priority system and criteria to be developed pursuant to the bill in order to be eligible for monies from the Shore Protection Fund. In addition, this bill amends P.L.1997, c.384 (C.13:19-16.2), the law that requires the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to develop a priority system and criteria therefor for ranking shore protection projects. Under the new system, priority would be given to projects for the acquisition of hazard-prone property for which the department has denied an application for certain land use permits, projects involving non-structural shore protection solutions over structural solutions, and projects in locations that provide new or enhanced public access to the waterfront, especially physical access to the waterfront, public parking, and public rest room facilities. Under the bill, all shore protection projects that include a structural component would be required to also include appropriate non-structural components, such as dune creation or enhancement elements and local dune protection ordinances. The bill directs the commissioner to adopt the priority ranking system pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act." The bill also requires the commissioner to conduct, or cause to be conducted, a cost-benefit analysis for each project on the shore protection project priority list and demonstrate that each project provides a net financial benefit to the State. Lastly, the bill requires the shore protection project priority list to be posted on the department's website and directs the commissioner to annually hold a public hearing to receive public input on the priority system and project priority list.
Environment and Solid Waste
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
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1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
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