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Enhanced Planning Communication and Notification
New Jersey Revised Statutes §40:55D-12.4 (S.B. 2207 of 2005) requires parties seeking approval for development plans under the "Municipal Land Use Law" to provide notice to a military facility commander who registers with the municipality if the proposed development is within 3,000 feet in all directions of a military facility.

New Jersey Revised Statutes §40:55D-12.4

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New Jersey Revised Statutes §40:55D-62.1 (S.B. 2207 of 2005) requires that the notice of a hearing for an amendment to a zoning ordinance be provided to any military facility commander who has registered with the municipality if the military facility is situated within the zoning district or is within 3,000 feet in all directions of the boundaries of the district or located, in the case of a boundary change, in the state within 3,000 feet in all directions of the proposed new boundaries of the district which is the subject of the hearing.

New Jersey Revised Statutes §40:55D-62.1


Open Space/Conservation

Conservation Easement Statutes
The New Jersey Conservation Restriction and Historic Preservation Restriction Act (New Jersey Revised Statutes §13:8B-1 et seq.) provides for the state’s conservation easement statutes that authorizes the creation of permanent easements on real property for conservation and historic preservation purposes.

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Farmland Preservation Program
The Farmland Preservation Program was created in 1981. The primary goal of this program is to strengthen the agricultural industry by purchasing development rights on farmland and sharing with farmers the cost of soil and water conservation practices. State bond initiatives in 1981, 1989, 1992, 1995 and 1998 received overwhelming approval by the voters.  The Garden State Preservation Trust Act of 1999 (New Jersey Revised Statutes §13:8C-1 et seq.) provided a stable source of funding to acquire and preserve farmland and open space around the state. The Act provides for approximately $60 million annually through Fiscal Year 2010 for farmland preservation.

The Farmland Preservation Program is administered by the State Agriculture Development Committee, which coordinates with County Agriculture Development Boards, municipal governments, non-profit organizations and landowners in the development of plans that best meet the needs of individual landowners. Money appropriated to the Farmland Preservation Trust will be used to:

•  Provide grants for local government units to pay up to 80% of costs of acquisition and development easements or fee simple titles.
•  Pay 100% of the cost of acquisition by the state of development easements or fee simple titles.
•  Set up a process to determine the value of a development easement on farmland in the Pinelands.

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The Garden State Preservation Trust Act of 1999 (S9, the enabling legislation) is codified under New Jersey Revised Statutes §13:8C-1 et seq. and provides a stable source of funding to acquire and preserve farmland and open space around the state. The Act provides for approximately $60 million annually through Fiscal Year 2010 for farmland preservation.

S 9, The Garden State Preservation Trust Act
Garden State Preservation Trust 

Green Acres Program
The Green Acres program, administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, provides funding for land acquisition and open space development. The program, originally created under the New Jersey Green Acres Land Acquisition Act of 1961 (New Jersey Revised Statutes §13:8A-1 et seq.), comprises four areas: State Park and Open Space Acquisition; Local Governments and Non-profit Funding; Stewardship and Legal Services; and Planning and Information Management.  The program has received funding from several bond initiatives between 1961 and 1998 that were approved by an overwhelming majority of voters in the state.

Contact:
Ralph Siegel, Department of Environmental Protection
(609) 984-4600
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New Jersey Natural Lands Trust
The New Jersey Natural Lands Trust was created by the Legislature in 1968 (New Jersey Revised Statutes §13:1B-15.119 et seq.) as an independent agency with the mission to preserve land in its natural state for enjoyment by the public and to protect natural diversity through the acquisition of open space. The Trust preserves land primarily by donations of open space through acquisition of title in fee simple or of conservation easements, and manages its properties to conserve endangered species habitat, rare natural features, and significant ecosystems.

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Administrative

Report on the Economic Contribution of Military and Coast Guard Installations to New Jersey 
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, submitted a report on April 29, 2004 to the Governor titled, "The Economic Contribution of Military and Coast Guard Installations to the State of New Jersey."

The Economic Contribution of Military and Coast Guard Installations to the State of New Jersey


State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
Terry Dearden
Office of Government Relations
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
101 Eggerts Crossing Road
P.O. Box 340 
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0340
(609) 530-6893
(609) 530-7109 fax
terry.dearden@njdmava.state.nj.us 

Mr. Edward Dickson, Director
New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force 
P.O. Box 091
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0091
(609) 584-4000

Adjutant General
Brig. General Michael L. Cunniff, Adjutant General
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 340
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0340 
609-530-6956
(609) 530-7191 fax
michael.l.cunniff.mil@mail.mil

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
The Assembly Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs holds jurisdiction over most military issues in the Assembly.  Jurisdiction is more scattered on the Senate side, with the Committee on Military and Veterans’ Affairs claiming primary jurisdiction.  Military affairs legislation is produced each year based on a set of priorities established by the Legislative Council on Armed Services and Veterans Affairs.  New Jersey bases are represented in this process.  The annual priorities are established by the Council, vetted through the Governor’s office, and passed through to the Legislature.  New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force also exists, of which the Adjutant General is a member.  

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Senate Committee on Military and Veterans' Affairs
Senator James Beach, Chair
507 Lafayette Ave.
Hawthorne, New Jersey 07506
(856) 429-1572

Assembly Committee on Military and Veterans’ Affairs
Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker
400 Lions Ave
Newark, NJ 07112
973-926-4320
asswtucker@njleg.org 

Ms. Tracey Murphy, Lead Counsel
New Jersey Office of Legislative Services
State House Annex, Room 270
P.O. Box 068
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0068
609-847-3890