Development Issues

Development is ongoing throughout the Pinelands and is monitored by Pinelands Preservation Alliance and local residents. The South Jersey Gas Pipeline proposal is an example of the issues found here.

NJ Natural Gas pipeline application

New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG)has submitted an application to the NJ Board of Public Utilities and the Pinelands Commission to build a 28-mile long natural gas pipeline across the state from Chesterfield in Burlington County to Manchester Township in Ocean County. NJNG has provided various rationales for this new pipeline, including obtaining access to a second supplier for its network, reaching new customers in Ocean County, and providing a redundant source of gas to the Joint Base.

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SJ Gas Pipeline Amended Application - May 2015

The South Jersey Gas proposal is the pipeline we have been fighting for almost two years now. The pipeline would traverse the Pinelands Forest Area of Cumberland and Cape May Counties – a Pinelands planning district where this kind of infrastructure is forbidden unless it is primarily serves people living inside Pinelands already – in order to bring natural gas to the BL England Power plant on the shores of Great Egg Harbor, and perhaps to provide an emergency backup supply to other users in Cape May County

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South Jersey Gas Pipeline for B.L. England Plant

South Jersey Gas is proposing to put a natural gas pipeline through a portion of the Pinelands Forest Management Area. The proposal would place 22 miles of 24-inch pipeline through Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties in order to provide the B.L. England Plant located in Beesley's Point, Cape May County with natural gas.

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South Jersey Gas Pipeline - Documents Obtained through the Open Public Records Act from the Pinelands Commission

The documents were obtained by PPA from the Pinelands Commission under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Because the Pinelands Commission refused to produce these documents, we were compelled to file a lawsuit in Superior Court to compel production. That lawsuit led the Commission to produce the documents we provide here for public review. Note that the Commission redacted most of the content of communications with the Governor's office. There are a lot of documents here, so we may have made mistakes in the way they are titled or ordered. Please let us know if you see any errors.

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Heritage Minerals Site

In 1978, by Federal legislation, approximately one million acres of land in Southern New Jersey was designated as the “Pinelands National Reserve”, but in 1979 when the New Jersey Legislature enacted the Pinelands Protection Act about 221,000 acres were not included with the boundaries of the “Pinelands Area”.

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Sewer Service Mapping of Pinelands Villages

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) has submitted comments on the proposed Future Wastewater Service Area (FWSA) maps published by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for Atlantic and Cape May Counties. These maps have been submitted by the counties as part of the ongoing planning process by the DEP to update sewer service areas to meet the requirements of the federal Clean Water Act. These maps, if adopted, will supersede all wastewater service area mapping currently contained in the WQM Plans for these counties.

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Clustering Gone Bad?

The Pinelands Commission and Buena Vista Township, Atlantic County has received a cluster development application for the Rural Development Management Area of the Pinelands. The application which was submitted by IMAJE LLC, - Ira Mendelsohn’s does not raise any inconsistencies with the Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP), but when you take a close review of the site plans for this 97 home project it’s hard to see how this cluster layout will protect the natural resources of the Pinelands.

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Jackson Township Parkland Diversion

The taxpayers of New Jersey have purchased 115 acres of land on Jackson Mills Road for $6.5 million dollars, but Jackson Township has gated and locked the site. Why? Because they have already diverted our recreational open space to a compost facility and parked equipment onsite they say needs to be protected.

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McGuire-Fort Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base

McGuire Air Force Base (AFB), Fort Dix, and Naval Air Engineering Station (NAES) Lakehurst, are located within Burlington and Ocean Counties, and have combined to form one Joint Base. The Joint Base encompasses 42,000 acres in the northern portion of the Pinelands.

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Southampton Township - Allied Recycling Center

An old junkyard called Last Chance Auto Salvage, on New Road, got a new owner in 2011 and expanded the operations that were being carried out on site.

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Jackson Township - Bowman Road

Jackson Township Planning Board voted to allow a new resource extraction operation on 109 acres along Bowman Road. This site is located in a Forest Management Area where new mining in not permitted under the Comprehensive Management Plan.

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Stafford Township's Green Acres Diversion - Amendment Application

Stafford Township - Stafford Business Park Diversion application amendment

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Jackson Township - Legler Landfill

Ongoing monitoring activities by Jackson Township

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PPA Submitted Comments on South Jersey Gas MOA

Submitted Comments on South Jersey Gas MOA

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