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Growth Management

Atlantic County's robust employment and population growth has resulted in the need for strong regional planning due to the stress placed on the County's physical infrastructure as well as the services of County and municipal governments. In an effort to provide for this growth the Atlantic County Department of Regional Planning and Development updated, in October of 2000, the Atlantic County Master Plan and the Atlantic County Open Space and Recreation Plan. On June 4, 2002 the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted revised Atlantic County Land Development Standards. These design guidelines apply to all development applications submitted to the Atlantic County Development Review Committee.

One of the key initiatives undertaken by the Planning Office was the application for and acceptance of a grant through the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to conduct a capacity analysis of residential and commercial land uses based on the current zoning of Atlantic County's 23 municipalities. This is otherwise known as the Strategic Growth Initiative. Started in 2001, the purpose of the study was to identify the capacity for future residential and commercial development based on zoning and environmental constraints. When the analysis is completed the grant calls for the County to suggest growth management strategies that will accommodate sustainable development and maintain the County's unique quality of life.

One of the biggest impacts of growth has been the tremendous pressure exerted on the County's transportation infrastructure. Atlantic County through its involvement in the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO) - the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) responsible for allocating State and Federal Transportation funds has guaranteed that our roads, intersections, and bridges remain in good condition through regular capital road and bridge improvements. Each year Atlantic County maintains a Highway Improvement Program (HIP) that outlines the projects for design and construction over the next 5 years. In 2002, 6.7 million dollars have been appropriated for construction to improve Atlantic County's transportation infrastructure.

Another important initiative is the Great Egg Harbor Watershed planning effort. Initiated in October of 2000, the purpose of this planning effort is to identify watershed related issues affecting those who live in and enjoy the amenities of the watershed. An eleven member steering committee has been established along with three focus groups to meet and develop issues and projects that need to addressed by this planning effort. A list of issues and projects affecting the watershed has been developed and implementation depends largely on future State funding for this Watershed Management Initiative.

Serving in an advisory capacity, the Atlantic County Planning Advisory Board (PAB) was created within the County Division of Planning in lieu of the County Planning Board to consult with the Department of Planning on all planning matters which affect the County. This involvement is evidenced by PAB support for such County initiatives such as applications for land acquisition, support for amendments to the Water Quality Management Plan, support for the renewal of the State of New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund and support of the State's Development and Redevelopment Plan, the Strategic Growth Initiative, and the Great Egg Harbor Watershed planning effort.

With respect to amendments to the Atlantic County Water Quality Management Plan, the PAB provides recommendations to the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Freeholders, in their capacity as the designated area wide planning agency, adopt these amendments in accordance with Section 208 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

The PAB is also the lead public agency for public participation in planning and sponsors public meetings and informational seminars of current interest. Lastly, the PAB hears appeals to decisions of the DRC when contested by aggrieved applicants or affected parties. CLICK HERE for Planning Advisory Board Agendas.