PROJECT TYPE: Local Government

Middle Township Land Use Plan Update

Middle Township, Cape May County, NJ

Prepared the 2010 Land Use Plan Element Update of the Middle Township Master Plan, which was the recipient of the 2011 New Jersey Planning Officials’ Achievement in Planning Award.  The purpose of the Plan is to provide a center-based land use policy where growth is focused into walkable and diverse community centers with mixed-uses and multimodal transportation facilities (motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians connections) to create attractive places to live and work, while the surrounding environs are protected from the impacts of sprawling development. The Land Use Plan was prepared in furtherance of the Township’s Petition for Plan Endorsement with the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth (NJOSG).

The Land Use Plan was carefully crafted to consider existing development patterns and environmentally sensitive areas, as well as jurisdictional authorities and regulatory controls, including the State Development and Redevelopment Plan, the Coastal Area Facilities Review Act (CAFRA), Pinelands National Reserve, and the NJDEP Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP) Rules.  The Land Use Plan also included extensive build-out analysis studies on land, septic, and wastewater capacities within the Township.  In fact, Middle Township—one of the first municipalities to conduct a Wastewater / Nitrate Dilution Modeling Study under the recent WQMP Rules—was lauded by the NJDEP in the innovative efforts to comply with the regulations.

2011 New Jersey Planning Officials’ Achievement in Planning Award

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