SENATE, No. 2857

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MAY 12, 2011

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  RICHARD J. CODEY

District 27 (Essex)

Senator  MICHAEL J. DOHERTY

District 23 (Warren and Hunterdon)

Assemblyman  WAYNE P. DEANGELO

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblywoman  CONNIE WAGNER

District 38 (Bergen)

Assemblyman  HERB CONAWAY, JR.

District 7 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblywoman  MILA M. JASEY

District 27 (Essex)

Assemblywoman  ANNETTE QUIJANO

District 20 (Union)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Greenstein, Gordon, Ruiz, Connors, Allen, Bateman, Girgenti, Oroho, Rice, Turner, Assemblymen Mainor, O'Donnell, Cryan, Giblin, Greenwald, Assemblywoman Lampitt, Assemblymen Coughlin, Wisniewski, Prieto, Ryan, Schaer, DeCroce, Bramnick, Rumana, Malone, Rudder, Assemblywomen Coyle, Handlin, Assemblyman Amodeo, Assemblywomen Casagrande, McHose, N.Munoz, Assemblymen Holzapfel, Wolfe, Dancer, Assemblywomen Gove, Angelini, Assemblymen Rumpf, Delany, Schroeder, A.M.Bucco, Rible, Thompson, DiCicco, Carroll, Assemblywoman Vandervalk, Assemblymen O'Scanlon, DiMaio, Russo, Gusciora, Benson, Assemblywomen Watson Coleman, Vainieri Huttle, Assemblymen Peterson and Coutinho

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Appropriates $84,495,199 from “2009 Green Acres Fund” and “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund” for local government open space acquisition and park development projects.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act appropriating moneys from the “2009 Green Acres Fund” and the “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund” to assist local government units to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    As used in this act:

     “Densely or highly populated municipality” means a municipality with a population density of at least 5,000 persons per square mile, or a population of at least 35,000 persons, according to the latest federal decennial census.

     “Densely populated county” means a county with a population density of at least 5,000 persons per square mile according to the latest federal decennial census.

     “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund” means the fund established pursuant to section 19 of P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-19).

     “Green Acres bond act” means P.L.2009, c.117, P.L.2007, c.119, P.L.1995, c.204, P.L.1992, c.88, P.L.1989, c.183, P.L.1987, c.265, and P.L.1983, c.354.

     “Highly populated county” means a county with a population density of at least 1,000 persons per square mile according to the latest federal decennial census.

 

     2.    There is appropriated to the Department of Environmental Protection the following sums for the purpose of providing grants or loans, or both, to assist local government units to acquire lands for recreation and conservation purposes pursuant to section 3 of this act, for the purpose of providing grants or loans, or both, to assist local government units to develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes pursuant to section 4 of this act, and for the purpose of providing grants to assist local government units to acquire repetitively flooded lands located in the Passaic River Basin for recreation and conservation purposes pursuant to section 5 of this act:

     a.     $55,000,000 from the “2009 Green Acres Fund” established pursuant to section 17 of the “Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009,” P.L.2009, c.117; and

     b.    $29,495,199 reappropriated from the “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund,” established pursuant to the "Garden State Preservation Trust Act," P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-1 et seq.), and made available due to interest earnings, loan repayments, and project withdrawals, cancellations, or cost savings.


     3.    a.  The following projects to acquire lands for recreation and conservation purposes are eligible for funding with the moneys appropriated pursuant to section 2 of this act:

 

     (1)   Planning Incentive Acquisition Projects:

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT

 

COUNTY

PROJECT

APPROVED AMOUNT

Atlantic County

Atlantic

Atlantic County Open Space Acq

 

$900,000

Franklin Lakes Boro

Bergen

Haledon Reservoir Acq

450,000

 

Ridgewood Village

Bergen

Open Space Project

450,000

 

River Vale Twp

Bergen

Watershed Property Acq

450,000

 

Wyckoff Twp

Bergen

Wyckoff Land Acq Program

450,000

 

Burlington County

Burlington

Planning Incentive

900,000

 

Bordentown Twp

Burlington

Bordentown Twp Open Space Acq

 

450,000

Eastampton Twp

Burlington

Planning Incentive

450,000

 

Medford Twp

Burlington

Open Space Incentive

450,000

 

Moorestown Twp

Burlington

Open Space Preservation Plan

450,000

 

Shamong Twp

 

Burlington

Shamong Open Space Acq

450,000

Westampton Twp

Burlington

Planning Incentive

450,000

 

Clementon Boro

Camden

Clementon Open Space Acq

150,000

 

Gibbsboro Boro

Camden

Greenway Acq

434,914

 

Haddonfield Boro

Camden

Open Space Acq

450,000

 

Voorhees Twp

Camden

Planning Incentive Grant

450,000

 

Livingston Twp

Essex

Livingston Twp Open Space Acq

450,000

 

Gloucester County

Gloucester

Open Space Plan

900,000

 

Bethlehem Twp

Hunterdon

Open Space Plan Implementation

450,000

 

Delaware Twp

Hunterdon

Open Space Acq

450,000

 

East Amwell Twp

Hunterdon

Open Space & Recreation Plan

330,000

 

High Bridge Boro

Hunterdon

Open Space Plan

450,000

 

Kingwood Twp

Hunterdon

Open Space Plan

450,000

 

Raritan Twp

Hunterdon

Land Acq Plan

450,000

 

Readington Twp

Hunterdon

Greenway Incentive Plan

450,000

 

Union Twp

Hunterdon

Union Twp Open Space Plan

450,000

 

East Windsor Twp

Mercer

East Windsor Open Space Acq

250,000

 

Hopewell Boro

Mercer

Hopewell Boro Greenbelt Acq

 

350,000

Hopewell Twp

Mercer

Hopewell Open Space Acq

450,000

 

Pennington Boro

Mercer

Pennington Greenbelt Planning Incentive

 

400,000

 

Princeton Twp

Mercer

Princeton Open Space Acq

450,000

 

Robbinsville Twp

Mercer

Green Links Program

450,000

 

Cranbury Twp

Middlesex

Cranbury Twp Acq

450,000

 

Allentown Boro

Monmouth

Planning Incentive Acq

350,000

 

Manalapan Twp

Monmouth

Manalapan Twp Planning Incentive Acq

 

450,000

 

Manasquan Boro

Monmouth

Manasquan Boro Open Space Acq

 

450,000

 

Millstone Twp

Monmouth

Millstone Planning Incentive – Project Evergreen

450,000

 

 

Tinton Falls Boro

Monmouth

Tinton Falls Acq

450,000

 

Upper Freehold Twp

Monmouth

Upper Freehold Open Space Acq – 2000

 

450,000

 

Wall Twp

Monmouth

Wall Twp Open Space Plan

450,000

 

Denville Twp

Morris

Denville Open Space Acq

450,000

 

Jefferson Twp

Morris

Jefferson Acq Plan

450,000

 

Madison Boro

Morris

Madison Boro Open Space Acq

450,000

 

Mendham Twp

Morris

Mendham Twp Open Space Acq

450,000

 

Montville Twp

Morris

Montville Open Space Acq

450,000

 

Mount Olive Twp

Morris

Mount Olive Greenway Acq

450,000

 

Pequannock Twp

Morris

Planning Incentive

450,000

 

Ocean County

Ocean

Planning Incentive Grant

900,000

 

Ocean Twp

Ocean

Planning Incentive

450,000

 

Point Pleasant Beach Boro

Ocean

Open Space & Recreation Acq

450,000

 

 

Ringwood Boro

Passaic

Ringwood Boro Open Space Acq

450,000

 

Somerset County

Somerset

County Open Space Acq

900,000

 

Bedminster Twp

Somerset

Bedminster Parks Exp

450,000

 

Montgomery Twp

Somerset

Open Space Acq 5

450,000

 

Peapack-Gladstone Boro

Somerset

Open Space Acq

450,000

 

Warren Twp

Somerset

Warren Twp Planning Incentive

450,000

 

Sussex County

Sussex

Planning Incentive Grant

 

900,000

Wantage Twp

Sussex

Wantage Twp Plagar Site Acq

72,500

 

New Providence Boro

Union

Open Space Acq

450,000

 

Frelinghuysen Twp

Warren

Frelinghuysen Twp Open Space & Recreation Plan

450,000

 

 

Greenwich Twp

Warren

Greenwich Twp Planning Incentive

450,000

 

 

Hardwick Twp

Warren

Hardwick Twp Open Space

450,000

 

Harmony Twp

Warren

Harmony Twp Open Space & Recreation Plan

 

450,000

 

TOTAL

 

 

$29,787,414

 

 

     (2)   Site Specific Incentive Acquisition Projects:

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT

 

COUNTY

PROJECT

APPROVED AMOUNT

Chesterfield Twp

Burlington

Recreation Fields Acq

$450,000

 

Cape May City

Cape May

Lafayette Street Open Space Recreation Area

 

450,000

 

Lambertville City

 

Hunterdon

McCann Tract Acq

440,000

West Milford Twp

Passaic

Apple Acres/Open Space Acq

450,000

 

TOTAL

 

 

$1,790,000

 

 

     (3)   Standard Acquisition Projects:

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT

 

COUNTY

PROJECT

APPROVED AMOUNT

Ocean City

Cape May

4th Street Life Saving Station

$450,000

 

Fairfield Twp

Essex

Blue Acres Acq

286,493

 

Aberdeen Twp

Monmouth

Freneau Lands Acq

450,000

 

Fair Haven Boro

Monmouth

Waterfront Park Acq

325,000

 

Mine Hill Twp

Morris

Canfield Land Acq

450,000

 

Vernon Twp

Sussex

Stanhill Conservation

151,250

 

TOTAL

 

 

$2,112,743

 

 

      b.    The following projects to acquire lands for recreation and conservation purposes located in municipalities eligible to receive State aid pursuant to P.L.1978, c.14 (C.52:27D-178 et seq.), either as of June 30, 2010 or the effective date of this act, are eligible for funding with the moneys appropriated pursuant to section 2 of this act:

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT

 

COUNTY

PROJECT

APPROVED AMOUNT

Garfield City

Bergen

Passaic River Historic Park Acq

$219,863

 

Bayonne City

Hudson

Russell Golding Park Expansion

900,000

 

Trenton City

Mercer

Assunpink Creek Greenway

900,000

 

Old Bridge Twp

Middlesex

Planning Incentive Grant

900,000

 

Woodbridge Twp

Middlesex

 

Colonia Country Club

900,000

Neptune Twp

Monmouth

Welsh Farms Site Acq

844,000

 

 

Rahway City

Union

125 Monroe Street Acq

900,000

 

TOTAL

 

 

$5,563,863

 

     c.     The following projects to acquire lands for recreation and conservation purposes, located in densely or highly populated municipalities or sponsored by densely populated counties or highly populated counties, are eligible for funding with the moneys appropriated pursuant to section 2 of this act:

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT

 

COUNTY

PROJECT

APPROVED AMOUNT

Margate City

Atlantic

Ventnor Ave Park / Beach Parking Lot Acq

 

$675,000

Teaneck Twp

Bergen

Teaneck Open Space Acq

500,000

 

Evesham Twp

Burlington

Planning Incentive

675,000

 

Mount Laurel Twp

Burlington

Mt. Laurel Acq Plan

675,000

 

Camden County

Camden

Bancroft Property Acq

800,000

 

Winslow Twp

Camden

Forest Meadows Program

150,000

 

Washington Twp

Gloucester

Open Space & Recreation Project

675,000

 

Hudson County

Hudson

Open Space Acq

1,350,000

 

Mercer County

Mercer

Mercer County Planning Incentive

1,125,000

 

 

Hamilton Twp

Mercer

Hamilton Twp Open Space Acq

675,000

 

Middlesex County

Middlesex

Middlesex County Open Space Acq

1,125,000

 

 

East Brunswick Twp

Middlesex

Open Space Plan

675,000

 

 

North Brunswick Twp

Middlesex

North Brunswick Plan

675,000

 

 

Piscataway Twp

Middlesex

Piscataway Open Space Acq

675,000

 

South Brunswick Twp

Middlesex

Open Space Acq

675,000

 

 

Monmouth County

Monmouth

Planning Incentive Acq

1,125,000

 

Howell Twp

Monmouth

Howell Twp Planning Incentive

675,000

 

Marlboro Twp

Monmouth

Marlboro Open Space Acq

416,442

 

Middletown Twp

Monmouth

Middletown Twp Planning Incentive

675,000

 

 

Morris County

Morris

Morris County Planning Incentive

 

1,125,000

Morristown Town

Morris

Hillcrest Park Acq

100,000

 

Jackson Twp

Ocean

Jackson Twp Open Space Acq Plan

 

675,000

Manchester Twp

Ocean

Planning Incentive

675,000

 

Passaic County

Passaic

Open Space Plan Acq

1,125,000

 

Wayne Twp

Passaic

Wayne Open Space Acq

675,000

 

Bridgewater Twp

Somerset

Bridgewater Open Space Plan

24,283

 

Hillsborough Twp

Somerset

Hillsborough Land Acq

675,000

 

Union County

Union

Union County Open Space & Recreation Plan

1,350,000

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

$20,440,725

 

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL

 

 

$59,694,745

 

 

     4.    a.  The following projects to develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes are eligible for funding with the moneys appropriated pursuant to section 2 of this act:

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT

 

COUNTY

PROJECT

APPROVED AMOUNT

East Rutherford Boro

Bergen

Saint Joseph’s Park Renovation

$250,000

 

 

Secaucus Town

Hudson

Multi Parks

450,000

 

TOTAL

 

 

$700,000

 

 

     b.    The following projects to develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes, located in municipalities eligible to receive State aid pursuant to P.L.1978, c.14 (C.52:27D-178 et seq.) either as of June 30, 2010 or the effective date of this act, or sponsored by densely populated counties, are eligible for funding with the moneys appropriated pursuant to section 2 of this act:

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT

 

COUNTY

PROJECT

APPROVED AMOUNT

Camden City

Camden

Pyne Point Park Rehabilitation

$500,000

 

 

Pennsauken Twp

Camden

Crescent Field Renewal

 

900,000

Essex County

Essex

Multi-Parks Improvements (Belleville Twp

Bloomfield Twp

Caldwell Twp Boro

East Orange City

Essex Fells Twp

Irvington Twp

Montclair Twp

Newark City

Orange City Twp

South Orange Village Twp

Verona Twp

West Orange Twp)

 

1,350,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essex County

Essex

Riverfront Park Improvements

(Newark City)

1,350,000

 

 

Bloomfield Twp

Essex

Foley Field Restoration

900,000

 

Newark City

Essex

Minish Park Passaic Riverfront Development Project

 

900,000

 

Orange City Twp

Essex

Multi-Park Improvements – Phase III and IV

900,000

 

 

Hoboken City

Hudson

Hudson River Waterfront Reconstruction

 

900,000

 

Jersey City

Hudson

City Wide Park Improvements

900,000

 

North Bergen Twp

Hudson

Riverfront Park Development

900,000

 

Union City

Hudson

Washington Park Improvements

900,000

 

West New York Town

 

Hudson

Donnelly and Veteran’s Park Rehab

900,000

Carteret Boro

Middlesex

Carteret Park Improvements 4

650,000

 

Long Branch City

Monmouth

Boardwalk Repair

842,400

 

Brick Twp

Ocean

Trader’s Cove Marina Park

900,000

 

Clifton City

Passaic

Athenia Steel Recreational Complex

900,000

 

 

Passaic City

Passaic

Christopher Columbus Park Rehabilitation

 

900,000

 

Paterson City

Passaic

Paterson Great Falls and Pocket Parks – Phase 1

 

696,000

 

 

Union County

Union

Oak Ridge Park Phase I

(Clark Twp)

 

1,350,000

 

Roselle Boro

Union

Multi-Park Improvement Project

900,000

 

TOTAL

 

 

$18,438,400

 

     c.     The following projects to develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes, located in densely or highly populated municipalities or sponsored by highly populated counties, are eligible for funding with the moneys appropriated pursuant to section 2 of this act:

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT

 

COUNTY

PROJECT

APPROVED AMOUNT

Bergen County

Bergen

Improvements to Westvale Park

(Westwood Boro)

 

$123,461

 

Cliffside Park Boro

 

Bergen

Auxiliary Field Improvements

151,350

Little Ferry Boro

Bergen

Indian Lake Park Recreation Improvements – Ph III

 

230,650

Ridgefield Park Village

Bergen

Veteran’s Park Multipurpose Grass Field Project

259,000

 

 

Rutherford Boro

Bergen

Wall Field Improvements

422,593

 

Camden County

Camden

Cooper River Park Improvements

(Pennsauken Twp)

 

1,125,000

Hudson County

Hudson

Pond and Lake Improvements

(Bayonne City

Jersey City)

 

1,350,000

TOTAL

 

 

$3,662,054

 

GRAND TOTAL

 

 

$22,800,454

 

     5.  Of the funds appropriated pursuant to subsection b. of section 2 of this act, $2,000,000 shall be made available for the purpose of providing grants to assist local government units to acquire, for recreation and conservation purposes, properties that are prone to or have incurred flood or storm damage located in the Passaic River Basin, as follows: 

 

                COUNTY                                MUNICIPALITY

                Bergen                   Allendale Boro

                                                Carlstadt Boro

                                                East Rutherford Boro

                                                Elmwood Park Boro

                                                Fair Lawn Boro

                                                Franklin Lakes Boro

                                                Garfield City

                                                Glen Rock Boro

                                                Hackensack City

                                                Hasbrouck Heights Boro

                                                Hillsdale Boro

                                                Ho-Ho-Kus Boro

                                                Lodi Boro

                                                Lyndhurst Twp

                                                Mahwah Twp

                                                Maywood Boro

                                                Midland Park Boro

                                                Montvale Boro

                                                North Arlington Boro

                                                Oakland Boro

                                                Paramus Boro

                                                Ramsey Boro

                                                Ridgewood Village

                                                Rochelle Park Twp

                                                Rutherford Boro

                                                Saddle Brook Twp

                                                Saddle River Boro

                                                South Hackensack Twp

                                                Upper Saddle River Boro

                                                Waldwick Boro

                                                Wallington Boro

                                                Washington Twp

                                                Woodcliff Lake Boro

                                                Wood-Ridge Boro

                                                Wyckoff Twp

 

                Essex                      Belleville Twp

                                                Bloomfield Twp

                                                Caldwell Boro

                                                Cedar Grove Twp

                                                East Orange City

                                                Essex Fells Twp

                                                Fairfield Twp

                                                Glen Ridge Twp Boro

                                                Livingston Twp

                                                Millburn Twp

                                                Montclair Twp

                                                Newark City

                                                North Caldwell Twp

                                                Nutley Twp

                                                Orange City Twp

                                                Roseland Boro

                                                South Orange Village Twp

                                                Verona Twp

                                                West Caldwell Twp

                                                West Orange Twp

 

                Hudson                  East Newark Boro

                                                Harrison Town

                                                Kearny Town

 

                Morris                    Boonton Town

                                                Boonton Twp

                                                Butler Boro

                                                Chatham Boro

                                                Chatham Twp

                                                Denville Twp

                                                Dover Town

                                                East Hanover Twp

                                                Florham Park Boro

                                                Hanover Twp

                                                Harding Twp

                                                Jefferson Twp

                                                Kinnelon Boro

                                                Lincoln Park Boro

                                                Long Hill Twp

                                                Madison Boro

                                                Mendham Boro

                                                Mendham Twp

                                                Mine Hill Twp

                                                Montville Twp

                                                Morris Plains Boro

                                                Morris Twp

                                                Morristown Town

                                                Mount Arlington Boro

                                                Mountain Lakes Boro

                                                Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp

                                                Pequannock Twp

                                                Randolph Twp

                                                Riverdale Boro

                                                Rockaway Boro

                                                Rockaway Twp

                                                Roxbury Twp

                                                Victory Gardens Boro

                                                Wharton Boro

 

                Passaic                  Bloomingdale Boro

                                                Clifton City

                                                Haledon Boro

                                                Hawthorne Boro

                                                Little Falls Twp

                                                North Haledon Boro

                                                Passaic City

                                                Paterson City

                                                Pompton Lakes Boro

                                                Prospect Park Boro

                                                Ringwood Boro

                                                Totowa Boro

                                                Wanaque Boro

                                                Wayne Twp

                                                West Milford Twp

                                                Woodland Park Boro

 

                Somerset                Bernards Twp

                                                Bernardsville Boro

                                                Bridgewater Twp

                                                Far Hills Boro

                                                Warren Twp

 

                Sussex                    Hardyston Twp

                                                Sparta Twp

                                                Vernon Twp

 

                Union                     Berkeley Heights Twp

                                                New Providence Boro

                                                Summit City

 

     6.    a.  Any transfer of funds, or change in project sponsor, site, or type, listed in section 3, section 4 or section 5 of this act shall require the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee or its successor.

     b.    To the extent that moneys remain available after the projects listed in section 3, section 4 or section 5 of this act are offered funding pursuant thereto, any project of a local government unit that previously received funding appropriated or reappropriated from any Green Acres bond act, any annual appropriations act, or the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund for recreation and conservation purposes, or that receives funding approved pursuant to this act, shall be eligible to receive additional funding, as determined by the Department of Environmental Protection, subject to the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee or its successor.

 

     7. a. There is reappropriated to the Department of Environmental Protection the unexpended balances, due to project withdrawals, cancellations, or cost savings, of the amounts appropriated or reappropriated from any Green Acres bond act, any annual appropriations act, or the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund to assist local government units to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes, for the purposes of providing:

     (1)   grants or loans, or both, to assist local government units to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes, for projects approved as eligible for such funding pursuant to this act; and

     (2)   additional funding, as determined by the Department of Environmental Protection, to any project of a local government unit that previously received funding appropriated or reappropriated from any Green Acres bond act, any annual appropriations act, or the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund for recreation and conservation purposes or that receives funding approved pursuant to this act, subject to the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee or its successor.  Any such additional funding provided from a Green Acres bond act may include administrative costs.

     b.    There is appropriated to the Department of Environmental Protection such sums as may be, or may become, available on or before June 30, 2011, due to interest earnings or loan repayments in any "Green Trust Fund" established pursuant to a Green Acres bond act or in the "Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund," for the purpose of providing:

     (1)   grants or loans, or both, to assist local government units to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes, for projects approved as eligible for such funding pursuant to this act; and

     (2)   additional funding, as determined by the Department of Environmental Protection, to any project of a local government unit that previously received funding appropriated or reappropriated from any Green Acres bond act, any annual appropriations act, or the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund for recreation and conservation purposes or that receives funding approved pursuant to this act, subject to the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee or its successor.  Any such additional funding provided from a Green Acres bond act may include administrative costs.

 

     8.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill appropriates $84,495,199 from the “2009 Green Acres Fund” and the “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund” to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide grants or low-interest loans, or both, to assist local government units in the State to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes. 

     Of the amount appropriated, $55 million is from the “2009 Green Acres Fund” and $29,495,199 is reappropriated from the “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund.”  The “2009 Green Acres Fund” was established pursuant to the “Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009,” P.L.2009, c.117, and the “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund” was established pursuant to the "Garden State Preservation Trust Act," P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-1 et seq.). 

     The total amount of funding allocated for local government projects that are listed in this bill is $84,495,199.  Of this amount, $61,694,745 is for projects to acquire lands for recreation and conservations purposes, of which $2 million is allocated for a new local block grant program for “Blue Acres” acquisitions by counties and municipalities of properties that are prone to or have incurred flood or storm damage located in the Passaic River Basin for recreation and conservation purposes, and $22,800,454 is for projects to develop lands for recreation and conservations purposes.

     Of the sum for projects to acquire lands for recreation and conservations purposes: $29,787,414 is allocated for planning incentive open space acquisition projects; $1,790,000 is allocated for site specific incentive open space acquisition projects; $2,112,743 is allocated for standard open space acquisition projects (i.e., projects located in municipalities that do not have an open space tax); $5,563,863 is allocated for projects in “urban aid” municipalities; and $20,440,725 is allocated for projects in densely or highly populated municipalities or sponsored by densely or highly populated counties. 

     Of the sum for projects to develop lands for recreation and conservations purposes:  $700,000 is allocated for “standard” open space development projects (i.e., located in non-urban municipalities and counties); $18,438,400 is allocated for local park development projects in urban aid municipalities or sponsored by densely populated counties; and $3,662,054 is allocated for local park development projects in densely or highly populated municipalities or sponsored by highly populated counties.

     The projects listed have been approved by the DEP and the Garden State Preservation Trust (GSPT).  The project list approved by the DEP and the GSPT originally totaled $85,395,199, of which $23,700,454 was allocated for development projects.  However, the Ivy Point Interpretive Center project in Salem City, approved for an amount of $900,000, in the category for development projects in urban aid municipalities or sponsored by densely populated counties, was subsequently withdrawn by the project sponsor.  That withdrawn project is not included in the project lists and totals contained in this bill.

     The projects approved by the bill include projects in “urban aid” and densely or highly populated municipalities and counties.  The bill defines a “densely or highly populated municipality” as a municipality with a population density of at least 5,000 persons per square mile or a population of at least 35,000 persons; a “densely populated county” as a county with a population density of at least 5,000 persons per square mile; and a “highly populated county” as a county with a population density of at least 1,000 persons per square mile.

     To the extent that there are funds remaining after those local government unit projects listed in this bill are offered funding, the bill also authorizes the DEP, with the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC), to use those funds to provide additional funding for local government unit projects listed in this bill as well as for local government unit projects previously approved for funding pursuant to various other laws.

     The bill also allows the DEP, subject to the approval of the JBOC, to re-distribute moneys, which have been returned to the department due to project withdrawals, cancellations, or cost savings, or which have or will become available on or before June 30, 2011 due to interest earnings and loan repayments from various Green Acres bond act funds, for the purpose of providing additional funding, for recreation and conservation purposes, to previously approved and funded projects of local government units, or to local government unit projects listed in this bill.  This additional funding, if provided from a Green Acres bond act, may include administrative costs.