Comprehensive Plan of Action Item #6
Special Area Management Planning
A Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) will be developed in collaboration with members of the Barnegat Bay Partnership and other planning authorities in the region.
A SAMP is a management tool established and administered by the State; the primary goal of a Barnegat Bay SAMP is to improve coordination among planning jurisdictions. The SAMP process will build upon existing land use plans and make recommendations to the DEP for research and restoration projects. TheS AMP process will consider development of low-impact development standards, and will identify the best available technology for stormwater management for new development and redevelopment projects in the Barnegat Bay Watershed. This approach will provide revised guidelines,procedures and policy documents to be formally adopted by the State and provide specific interpretations of enforceable Coastal Zone Management policies for the Barnegat Bay watershed.
The SAMP will take a total of five years and will be funded through the Coastal Zone Management Program’s NOAA Section 309 of the Clean Water Act funds, ensuring that the SAMP will be developed without additional cost to the State.
For more information, contact: Marilyn Lennon, Assistant Commissioner, Land Use, 609-292-2178
Because the pattern and intensity of development - and thus the water quality impacts - vary across the Barnegat Bay watershed, a strategy that includes a combination of innovative and condition-specific approaches is the most likely to succeed in improving and maintaining the health of the region. Combining DEP's environmental data from throughout the watershed with current information on land use practices and policies will allow us to share information with municipalities, counties and other regional partners. This collaborative effort gives us the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of current land use practices and policies to support sustainability and resiliency of the watershed. This will lead to a set of recommendations and strategies for improving and maintaining the health of the Bay through municipal land use planning as well as the continued identification of any barriers preventing the use of sustainable and resilient land practices.
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