N.J. Admin. Code § 7:7A-10.2 - Standard requirements for all individual permits

(a) This section sets forth requirements that apply to all activities to be covered by an individual permit, including both water dependent activities and non-water dependent activities. Additional individual permit requirements that apply only to non-water dependent activities are found in N.J.A.C. 7:7A-10.3 .
(b) The Department shall issue an individual freshwater wetlands or open water fill permit only if the regulated activity:
1. Has no practicable alternative which would meet the requirements at (b)1i and ii below:
i. The alternative would have a less adverse impact on the aquatic ecosystem or would not involve a freshwater wetland or State open water; and
ii. The alternative would not have other significant adverse environmental consequences, that is, it shall not merely substitute other significant environmental consequences for those attendant on the original proposal;
2. Will result in the minimum feasible alteration or impairment of the aquatic ecosystem including existing contour, vegetation, fish and wildlife resources, and aquatic circulation of the freshwater wetland and hydrologic patterns of the HUC 11 in which the activity is located;
3. Will not destroy, jeopardize, or adversely modify a present or documented habitat for threatened or endangered species; and shall not jeopardize the continued existence of a local population of a threatened or endangered species;
4. Will not be likely to result in the destruction or adverse modification of a habitat which is determined by the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, as appropriate, to be a critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. § 1531 et seq.;
5. Will not cause or contribute to a violation of any applicable State water quality standard;
6. Will not cause or contribute to a violation of any applicable toxic effluent standard or prohibition imposed pursuant to the Water Pollution Control Act;
7. Will not violate any requirement imposed by the United States government to protect any marine sanctuary designated pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972, 33 U.S.C. §§ 1401 et seq.;
8. Will not cause or contribute to a significant degradation, as defined at 40 C.F.R. 230.10(c), of ground or surface waters;
9. Will not adversely affect a property that is listed or is eligible for listing on the New Jersey or National Register of Historic Places unless the applicant demonstrates to the Department that the proposed activity avoids or minimizes impacts to the maximum extent practicable or the Department determines that any impact to the affected property would not impact the property's ability to continue to meet the criteria for listing at N.J.A.C. 7:4-2.3 or otherwise negatively impact the integrity of the property or the characteristics of the property that led to the determination of listing or eligibility. The Department shall not issue a conditional permit if it finds that the mitigation proposed is inadequate to compensate for the adverse effect. Any permit for an activity which may adversely affect a property listed or eligible for listing on the New Jersey or National Register of Historic Places shall contain conditions to ensure that any impact to the property is minimized to the maximum extent practicable and any unavoidable impact is mitigated;
i. If the permittee, before or during the authorized work, encounters a possible historic property, as described at N.J.A.C. 7:7A-19.5(l), that is or may be eligible for listing on the New Jersey or National Register, the permittee shall preserve the resource, immediately notify the Department and proceed as directed by the Department;
10. Will not violate the Flood Hazard Area Control Act, 58:16A-50 et seq., or implementing rules at N.J.A.C. 7:13;
11. Is otherwise lawful;
12. Is in the public interest, as determined by the Department in consideration of the following:
i. The public interest in preservation of natural resources and the interest of the property owners in reasonable economic development. In determining whether a proposed activity is in the public interest, the Department shall consider, as one source of guidance, the goals, strategies, policy objectives and policies of the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan, adopted and/or readopted by the State Planning Commission pursuant to the New Jersey State Planning Act, N.J.S.A. 52:18A-196 et seq., and the State Planning Act rules, N.J.A.C. 5:85;
ii. The relative extent of the public and private need for the proposed regulated activity;
iii. Where there are unresolved conflicts as to resource use, the practicability of using reasonable alternative locations and methods, to accomplish the purpose of the proposed regulated activity;
iv. The extent and permanence of the beneficial or detrimental effects which the proposed regulated activity may have on the public and private uses for which the property is suited;
v. The quality and resource value classification pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:7A-3.3 of the wetland, which may be affected and the amount of freshwater wetlands to be disturbed;
vi. The economic value, both public and private, of the proposed regulated activity to the general area; and
vii. The functions and values provided by the freshwater wetlands and probable individual and cumulative impacts of the regulated activity on public health and fish and wildlife;
13. Will not involve a discharge of dredged material or a discharge of fill material, unless the material is clean, suitable material free from toxic pollutants in toxic amounts, which meets Department rules for use of dredged or fill material;
14. Is consistent with the applicable approved Water Quality Management Plan (208 Plan) adopted under the New Jersey Water Quality Planning Act, 58:11A-1 et seq., unless the activities are not subject to the Department's Water Quality Management Planning rules at N.J.A.C. 7:15; and
15. In accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:7A-2.7 , is part of a project that in its entirety complies with the Stormwater Management rules at N.J.A.C. 7:8.
(c) The following shall apply to the Department's consideration of whether an alternative is practicable under (b)1 above:
1. An alternative shall be practicable if it is available and capable of being carried out after taking into consideration cost, existing technology, and logistics in light of overall project purposes;
i. In considering cost in accordance with (c)1 above, the Department shall consider the acquisition history of the property as a whole and the amount, nature, and date of investments that the applicant has made in the property as a whole; and
2. An alternative shall not be excluded from consideration under this provision merely because it includes or requires an area not owned by the applicant which could reasonably have been or be obtained, utilized, expanded, or managed in order to fulfill the basic purpose of the proposed activity.


N.J. Admin. Code § 7:7A-10.2
Amended and recodified from 7:7A-7.2 by 49 N.J.R. 3849(a), effective 12/18/2017 Administrative Change, 50 N.J.R. 1147(a).

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