|DEPARTMENT OF REGIONAL PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Joseph M. Maher, Department Head
P.O. Box 719
Rt. 9 and Dolphin Ave.
Northfield, NJ 08225
FAX (609) 645-5836
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There are four major units within the Department of Regional Planning
and Development. They are:
Each of these units serves a unique purpose with the overall goal of
ensuring that Atlantic County continues to grow in an orderly and planned
way while maintaining the County's unique quality of life. The Office
of Policy, Planning and Development (OPPD) serves to coordinate
the various functions of the Department and in large part develops
the overall agenda in terms of short- and long-range planning for
infrastructure, open space and land development within the County.
Infrastructure planning ensures that the County's physical infrastructure
such as our roads, intersections, and bridges are maintained and enhanced
as the population of Atlantic County continues to grow. While the OPPD
works closely with the Division
of Engineering in the design, construction, and inspection
of these capital improvements, it also works in conjunction with the South
Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO) - the Metropolitan
Planning Organization (MPO) for the South Jersey region. This agency is
the equitable distribution of State and Federal transportation dollars
road and bridge improvements.
of Land Acquisition implements the recommendations of the
Atlantic County Open Space and Recreation Plan, October 2000. The Office
ensures that sufficient Open Space is set aside for Atlantic County residents
to enjoy. Through the establishment of the County/Municipal Open Space
Partnership Program, County Government has enabled the County's 23 municipalities
to choose the Open Space projects of their choice and to fund those projects
utilizing a portion of the Open Space Trust funds. The County also pursues
lands for acquisition through the traditional means of identifying and
purchasing lands utilizing funds from the County's Open Space Trust. CLICK
HERE to Print an application for the Open Space Preservation Trust Fund!
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The OPPD also manages projects such as the Strategic
Growth Initiative, the Great Egg
Harbor Watershed planning effort, and responsibilities include
the update of the Atlantic
County Master Plan and
Atlantic County Open Space and Recreation Plan, October 2000,
and the Atlantic County
Land Development Standards adopted in June, 2002. These initiatives
are implemented with the goal of predicting and identifying future growth
issues in order to plan and implement actions commensurate with those
issues. Many of these initiatives are referred to as Growth
Management. The OPPD administers the review and approval
of subdivisions and site plans proposed within Atlantic County. The Atlantic
County Land Development Standards adopted in June 2002 provide procedures
and standards for review of land development by Atlantic County.
Office of Geographic Information Systems Applications - The Department
of Planning, in cooperation with the Atlantic County Division of Public
Health, has been operating Geographic Information System (GIS) since 1991.
The Atlantic County Office of GIS (ACOGIS) is responsible for promoting,
assisting and coordinating the development of GIS technologies in Atlantic
County. ACOGIS staff has utilized GIS in a variety of applications, including
environmental and health issues, land use planning, emergency preparedness,
district mapping, transportation maintenance and census data. The Atlantic
County Office of GIS is one of four counties in the State of New Jersey,
to participate in a pilot program with the New Jersey Office of Information
Technology (NJOIT). The program will create Internet mapping applications
for the county and its municipalities.
the ACOGIS contributes presentations at the Atlantic County Planning Summit,
held yearly, as well as attending other conferences throughout the Mid
Atlantic Region with state of the art displays.
information regarding Geographic Information Systems please visit the
Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey or the State Office of GIS, New Jersey.