As many of you are aware, earlier this year the Legislature passed and Governor Murphy signed into law P.L. 2019, c.81, commonly referred to as the ‘beach access’ or ‘public access’ law. Under the newly signed law, the Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is tasked with issuing regulations defining appropriate beach access and is required, among other things, review the need for additional beach access whenever an applicant applies for an NJDEP permit and condition approval of the permit on providing that access.
The NJDEP recently began the rulemaking process and has started to hold stakeholder meetings. These meetings are important as they provide the NJDEP with insight prior to the drafting of initial rules. This allows the voices of those most directly impacted by any rules to be heard during the rule drafting process.
Municipalities, especially shore communities, are an important stakeholder and your voice needs to be heard at the early stages of this process. To get involved in future stakeholder meetings please reach out to Kerry Pflugh, Director of the NJDEP’s Office of Local Government Assistance, at Kerry.firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-633-7700.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, email@example.com, 609-695-3481 x137.