Lack of Water Quality Planning Could Halt Development

January 2006Alerts Environmental Impact
A recent NJ. Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) rule proposal relating to water quality planning could, if enacted, drastically alter developments utilizing either sewers or septic systems. The proposed changes would impact sewer service areas and the development of six (6) or more units with septic systems, would impose additional environmental assessment obligations, and would place greater authority in the hands of local planning agencies as to whether the additional development is worthy. Also, the entire process of assessing the risks and seeking plan amendments firm' the local planning agency could realistically take years, at great cost, unless localities actively update their plans.