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a. A person proposing to engage in a regulated activity shall apply to the department for a freshwater wetlands permit, for a fee not to exceed the cost of reviewing and processing the application, and on forms and in the manner prescribed by the commissioner pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c. 410 (C. 52:14B-1 et seq.). An agency of the State proposing to engage in a regulated activity shall also apply to the department for a freshwater wetlands permit on forms and in a manner prescribed by the commissioner, but shall not be required to pay a fee therefor. The application shall include the name and address of the applicant, the purpose of the project, the names and addresses of all owners of property adjacent to the proposed project, and at least the following:
(1) A preliminary site plan or subdivision map of the proposed development activities, or another map of the site if no preliminary site plan or subdivision map exists, and a written description of the proposed regulated activity, the total area to be modified, and the total area of the freshwater wetland potentially affected;
(2) Verification that a notice has been forwarded to the clerk, environmental commission, and planning board of the municipality in which the proposed regulated activity will occur, the planning board of the county in which the proposed regulated activity will occur, landowners within 200 feet of the site of the proposed regulated activity, and to all persons who requested to be notified of proposed regulated activities, which notice may be filed concurrently with notices required pursuant to P.L.1975, c. 291 (C. 40:55D-1 et seq.), describing the proposed regulated activity and advising these parties of their opportunity to submit comments thereon to the department;
(3) Verification that notice of the proposed activity has been published in a newspaper of local circulation;
(4) A statement detailing any potential adverse environmental effects of the regulated activity and any measures necessary to mitigate those effects, and any information necessary for the department to make a finding pursuant to subsection b. of this section.
b. The department, after considering the comments of the environmental commission and planning boards of the county and municipality wherein the regulated activity is to take place, federal and State agencies of competent jurisdiction, other affected municipalities and counties, and the general public, shall issue a freshwater wetlands permit only if it finds that the regulated activity:
(1) Is water-dependent or requires access to the freshwater wetlands as a central element of its basic function, and has no practicable alternative which would not involve a freshwater wetland or which would have a less adverse impact on the aquatic ecosystem, and which would not have other significant adverse environmental consequences, and also complies with the provisions of paragraphs (3)-(9) of this subsection; or
(2) Is nonwater-dependent and has no practicable alternative as demonstrated pursuant to section 10 of this act, 1 which would not involve a freshwater wetland or which would have a less adverse impact on the aquatic ecosystem, and which would not have other significant adverse environmental consequences; and
(3) Will result in minimum feasible alteration or impairment of the aquatic ecosystem including existing contour, vegetation, fish and wildlife resources, and aquatic circulation of the freshwater wetland; and
(4) Will not jeopardize the continued existence of species listed pursuant to “The Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act,” P.L.1973, c. 309 (C. 23:2A-1 et seq.) or which appear on the federal endangered species list, and will not result in the likelihood of the destruction or adverse modification of a habitat which is determined by the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior or the Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce as appropriate to be a critical habitat under the “Endangered Species Act of 1973,” (16 U.S.C. § 1531 et al.); and
(5) Will not cause or contribute to a violation of any applicable State water quality standard; and
(6) Will not cause or contribute to a violation of any applicable toxic effluent standard or prohibition imposed pursuant to the “Water Pollution Control Act,” P.L.1977, c. 74 (C. 58:10A-1 et seq.); and
(7) Will not violate any requirement imposed by the United States government to protect any marine sanctuary designated pursuant to the “Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972,” (33 U.S.C. § 1401 et al.); and
(8) Will not cause or contribute to a significant degradation of ground or surface waters; and
(9) Is in the public interest as determined pursuant to section 11 of this act, 2 is necessary to realize the benefits derived from the activity, and is otherwise lawful.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - New Jersey Statutes Title 13. Conservation and Development Parks and Reservations 13 § 9B-9 - last updated February 19, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/nj/title-13-conservation-and-development-parks-and-reservations/nj-st-sect-13-9b-9/
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