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Resource Papers & White Papers

Key land use and preservation information for environmental commissions

Many ANJEC publications are available online in PDF format (Adobe PDF icon). Just click the title to view online or download using your right mouse button. PDF files require Adobe Reader, available for free. Use the online form to order paper copies.

The Environmental Resource Inventory: ERI (Adobe PDF icon 290kb). Order paper copy. 2013 update. 12 pages. $1.00. Legal basis, elements and uses of this important database of natural resources and environmental characteristics. How to put an ERI together, types of information to include, sample tables of contents.

Major State Programs Affecting Land Use (Adobe PDF icon 151kb), 2009. 8 pages, $1.00.
Describes programs impacting land use that the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) administers - Water Quality Management Planning, Freshwater Wetlands Protection, Flood Hazard Area Protection, Water Quality Standards and Coastal Protection. The paper explains how environmental commissions can comment effectively on development proposals that require state permits and state regulation proposals. Environmental commission comments can alert municipal board to applicant's need for state permits and can provide NJ DEP with information critical to comprehensive review.

Municipal Environmental Commissions in New Jersey (Adobe PDF icon 241kb). Order paper copy. 2011. 12 pages. $1.00. Enabling legislation, commissions’ roles and benefits to municipalities, opportunities for training, examples of successful commission projects in raising awareness of wetlands and wildlife, reducing pesticide use, reviewing site plans, monitoring water quality, reducing non-point source pollution and use computer mapping.

Municipal Options for Stormwater Management (Adobe PDF icon 238kb). Order paper copy. 2011. 12 pages. $1.00. Reducing non point pollution and managing stormwater through master plans, natural areas, zoning and land use ordinances, best management practices, retrofitting and redevelopment. References, web and phone links.

Municipal Planning and Clean Air (Adobe PDF icon 247kb). Order paper copy. 1995. 16 pages. $1.00. How to use local master plans and ordinances to promote development that will get people out of their cars and reduce the source of half NJ’s air pollution. Includes two municipal examples, facts about car expenses and pollution, and a list of references.

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Open Space is a Good Investment - The Financial Argument for Open Space Preservation (Adobe PDF icon 207kb). Order paper copy. 2004 update. 12 pages. $1.00. Summaries of studies that demonstrate how open space preservation costs taxpayers less over the long term than residential and commercial development. Includes an economic analysis worksheet to help determine long term costs for specific proposals. Bibliography of major studies.

Open Space Plan (Adobe PDF icon 306kb). Order paper copy. 2011. 12 pages. $1.00. Putting an open space plan together, with outline of subjects required for Green Acres Planning Incentive Program, suggestions for funding, sources of information, factors for ranking lands for preservation, and action plan elements.

Protecting Our Streams (Adobe PDF icon 338kb). Order paper copy. 2005. 16 pages. $1.00. Impacts of human activity on water quality, options and benefits of stream protection, municipal ordinances, state and regional regulatory programs and sources of information.

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Septic System Management for Clean Water (Adobe PDF icon 225kb). Order paper copy. 2003. 12 pages. $1.00. How septic systems work, the benefits and approaches to managing septic systems, including a model ordinance.

Site Plan and Subdivision Review: Environmental Analysis (Adobe PDF icon 226kb). Order paper copy. 2010. 12 pages. $1.00. Legal authority and procedures for environmental review of subdivisions and/or site plans. Approaches to evaluating environmental impacts, guidelines for site inspections and sample format for environmental commission reports to planning and zoning boards.

Solar Siting and Sustainable Land Use, white paper (Adobe PDF icon707kb), Order paper copy. 2012. 16 pages. $1.00. With growing pressure to build large-scale solar facilities on farmland, open space, forests and environmentally sensitive areas, this paper will help municipalities navigate the new and complex issues around solar development, especially as it affects sound land use planning.

Transfer of Development Rights: A Market-Driven Planning Tool (Adobe PDF icon 280kb). Order paper copy. 2007. 12 pages, $1.00. Explains the benefits and requirements of a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program and provides a summary of New Jersey’s municipal TDR law. Suggests eight steps to develop a local TDR program and consistency with the State Plan. Describes how Chesterfield (Burlington) participated in the county’s pilot TDR project, including use of both base-zoning and environmental factors to allocate credits to development potentials.

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