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Waterfront Development

Coastal Environmental Consulting, LLC secures Waterfront Development Permits for a variety of projects on and near tidal waterways, such as:

  • Docks/piers,
  • Boat lifts/jet ski lifts,
  • Breakwaters,
  • Bulkheads,
  • Marinas,
  • Dredging,
  • Residential development,
  • Commercial development,
  • Public development,
  • Utilities.

A Waterfront Development Permit is required for development at or waterward of the mean high water line (MHWL) throughout New Jersey.  Certain waterfront developments are exempt from permitting (commonly known as a Zane Exemption) or qualify for a General Permit-by-Certification, which are issued instantly upon electronic submittal. Additionally, Coastal secures Upland Waterfront Development Permits for land developments located in proximity (generally within 100 to 500 feet of) tidal waterways outside of the CAFRA/Coastal Zone and Hackensack Meadowlands District.

Coastal secures the following types of Waterfront Development approvals:

  • Zane Exemption Letters;
  • Jurisdictional Determinations;
  • General Permits-by-Certification;
  • Waterfront Development/Coastal General Permits;
  • Waterfront Development Individual Permits.

Coastal also provides the following services:

  • Waterfront Development Permit feasibility studies (typically completed for due diligence prior to closing on a property);
  • Waterfront Development Permit Expert Witness Services.

Several local engineers, surveyors, architects and attorneys rely on Coastal to handle the Waterfront Development Permitting process for their clients.  Coastal communicates directly with each client to clearly understand their project goals and educate them on the process.  Don’t worry, Coastal does all the heavy lifting for you!

Coastal visits each property to identify environmentally sensitive areas on and adjacent to the project site, prepares the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Statement of Compliance, prepares and sends the required public notices, submits administratively complete applications to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), tracks the application review, and responds to any questions or comments from the DEP.  In this process, Coastal takes on the role of Project Manager to ensure that your surveyor, engineer and any other consultants provide the documents needed to supplement the application package.  You will have one point of contact for all your Waterfront Development Permitting needs.

If you suspect your project might require a Waterfront Development Permit, call Coastal for a consultation.  Coastal will determine whether your proposed development qualifies for a Zane Exemption or a Coastal Permit-by-Rule, or requires a General Permit-by-Certification, Coastal General Permit or Waterfront Development Individual Permit.  Coastal can secure the necessary waterfront development approval for you.

Let Coastal’s experience and in-depth knowledge of the Coastal Zone Management Rules work for you.  Contact us today!