No Sewer Service Area Change for Cedar Run Dock Road (2008)

In 2008, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) entered into an “intent to settle” of litigation brought by John Yoder, (Horn, Tyson, and Yoder, Inc.) that would change Stafford’s Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) along Cedar Run Dock Road, Stafford Township, Ocean County from a “proposed sewer service area to existing development only” to a “proposed sewer service area.”

This new sewer service area would open the way to development of currently vacant and unbuildable lots along Cedar Run Dock Road. There are about fourteen vacant lots on the road.

Image of Cedar Run Dock Road in Stafford Township[+ ZOOM] Cedar Run Dock Road in Stafford Township

This proposed sewer service area is located within the Pinelands National Reserve and is designated as Forest Management Area by the Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP). The Pinelands CMP states that centralized wastewater treatment and collection facilities shall be permitted to service the Forest Management Area only where a public health problem has been identified and the extended facility shall only accommodate wastewater from existing residential, commercial and industrial development. Under this provision, in 1994, a sewer line was extended down Cedar Run Dock Road to service only the existing development.

Coastal Zone Management Rules section 7:7E-3.44(b) indicates coastal development shall be consistent with the intent, policies and objectives of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978, P.L. 95-625, Section 502, creating the Pinelands National Reserve and the State Pinelands Protection Act of 1979 (N.J.S.A. 13:18A-1 et seq.). This rule is further coordinated with a Memorandum of Agreement signed February 8, 1988 between the DEP Land Use Regulation Program and the Pinelands Commission.

The Division of Watershed Management received a July 8, 2008 letter from the Pinelands Commission, which indicated that the proposed amendment was inconsistent, with the Comprehensive Management Plan and therefore should not be approved.

On July 29, 2009 the DEP notified Pinelands Preservation Alliance that they had made a decision not to adopt the Water Quality Management Plan amendment. Read full DEP letter.

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