SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 1333

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  MAY 10, 2018

 

      The Senate Environment and Energy Committee favorably reports Senate Bill No. 1333 with committee amendments.

      As amended, this bill would require the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), within 24 months after enactment of this bill into law, to prepare a comprehensive update to the New Jersey Shore Protection Master Plan.  The State’s current plan was issued in October 1981.

      As amended, the bill requires that, in the development of the update of the plan, the department must incorporate in its analysis, planning, recommendations, and implementation, including any planning for project funding, projections of estimated sea level rise and science-based risk analysis for resiliency planning.  The update to the plan is required to include: (1)  a list of the shore protection projects undertaken in the State since creation of the Shore Protection Fund; (2)  a list of all current and on-going shore protection projects in the State; (3)  a list of all currently planned shore protection projects anticipated to be undertaken in the State within the next five years; (4)  a list of any request by a local government unit for a shore protection project that was denied funding from the Shore Protection Fund; (5)  a five-year capital program for beach protection facilities, projects, and programs; (6)  an evaluation of land use management alternatives, including land acquisition, as a means of risk reduction as part of the department's planning and implementation of shore protection projects; (7)  consideration and prioritization of the use of natural and nature-based approaches to hazard and risk reduction; and (8)  an enforceable plan for the protection, expansion, and enhancement of meaningful public access to the shoreline and public trust lands throughout the State, including the development of necessary support facilities to ensure equitable access to, and use of, public trust lands.

      The bill, as amended, requires the DEP to consult with, and engage, experts in coastal zone and shoreline management in the development of the update to the plan.

      The committee amendments would:

      (1)  change the time allowed for the update to the plan from six months to 24 months;

      (2)  require the DEP to incorporate sea level rise and science-based risk analysis for resiliency planning in its analysis, planning, recommendations, and implementation with respect to the plan;

      (3)  require the plan to include a five-year capital program for beach protection facilities, projects, and programs; an evaluation of land use management alternatives, including land acquisition, as a means of risk reduction as part of the department's planning and implementation of shore protection projects; consideration and prioritization of the use of natural and nature-based approaches to hazard and risk reduction; and an enforceable plan for the protection, expansion, and enhancement of meaningful public access to the shoreline and public trust lands throughout the State, including the development of necessary support facilities to ensure equitable access to, and use of, public trust lands; and

      (4)  require the DEP to consult with, and engage, experts in coastal zone and shoreline management in the development of the update to the plan.