N.J. Admin. Code § 7:7A-3.4 - Transition areas due to freshwater wetlands on adjacent property

(a) The outside boundary of a transition area is determined solely by reference to the freshwater wetlands boundary and is not affected by property lines. Therefore, a property within 150 feet of a freshwater wetlands may contain a transition area that arises from a freshwater wetlands on another property. Every property containing a transition area is subject to this chapter, even if the freshwater wetland that causes the transition area is located on another property.
(b) To determine whether a site has transition areas on it caused by wetlands on another property:
1. Determine whether there are any wetlands on any property within 150 feet of the site's property line. If not, there are no transition areas on the site due to wetlands on nearby properties;
2. If there are freshwater wetlands on another property within 150 feet of the site's property line, determine the resource value classification of the wetlands on the nearby property. For a Department-issued resource value classification of the wetlands, obtain an LOI under N.J.A.C. 7:7A-4;
3. If all of the freshwater wetlands on nearby properties within 150 feet of the site's property line are ordinary resource value wetlands, there is no transition area on the site arising from wetlands on other properties;
4. If any of the freshwater wetlands on nearby properties within 150 feet of the site's property line cannot be classified as ordinary resource value wetlands, determine the transition area on the site as follows:
i. If any wetlands on nearby properties are intermediate resource value wetlands, and are within 50 feet of the site's property line, there is at least some transition area on the site arising from these wetlands. In order to determine the size and shape of the transition area, obtain a delineation of the wetlands on the nearby properties and determine the transition area for each under N.J.A.C. 7:7A-3.3(d) 2; and
ii. If any wetlands on nearby properties are exceptional resource value wetlands, and are within 150 feet of the site's property line, there is at least some transition area on the site arising from these wetlands. In order to determine the size and shape of the transition area, obtain a delineation of the wetlands on the nearby properties and determine the transition area for each under N.J.A.C. 7:7A-3.3(d) 1; and
5. To avoid obtaining an LOI and/or delineating wetlands under (b)3 and 4 above, a person can ensure compliance with transition area requirements arising from wetlands on other properties by assuming that there are exceptional resource value wetlands on all adjacent properties and refraining from any regulated activities within 150 feet of the site's property line.
(c) It may be necessary to obtain written permission from adjacent property owners to investigate their land within 150 feet of the site's boundary.

Notes

N.J. Admin. Code § 7:7A-3.4
Amended and recodified from 7:7A-2.7 by49 N.J.R. 3849(a), effective 12/18/2017

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