Stormwater Management Rule Amendment – Now Effective (March 2, 2021)

Date: May 13, 2021

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

A change has been adopted to N.J.A.C. 7:8 Stormwater Rules.

Municipal Action was REQUIRED by March 2, 2021, to amend current Stormwater Control Ordinance (SCO) that align with the NEW Amendments.

NJDEP provided a Model Ordinance to assist municipalities with maintaining compliance.

NJDEP updated the NJ Stormwater BMP Manual:

Chapter 5: Quantity & Quality Standards

Chapter 9-11: Green Infrastructure BMP’s

Chapter 12: Soil Testing

Chapter 13: Groundwater Impact Assessment

“NJDEP has incorporated quantifiable measures for use of green infrastructure to meet groundwater recharge and stormwater runoff quantity and quality standards. The definition of major development has been clarified to better define project applicability and exemptions. Changes apply to the total suspended solids (TSS) removal requirement to the runoff from motor vehicle surfaces and to remove the TSS removal requirement as it applies to runoff from other impervious surfaces not traveled by automobiles, such as rooftops and sidewalks. Additional changes support water quality and stormwater management improvements in communities with combined sewer systems. NJDEP is also addressing a systematic update of cross references of these proposed stormwater management rule amendments within the Coastal Zone Management Rules, the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act Rules, the Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules, the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System rules and the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act Rules.”

Important Dates

AMENDED RULES EFFECTIVE ON Tuesday, March 2, 2021

ADOPT REVISED STORMWATER CONTROL ORDINANCE BY Tuesday, March 2, 2021

What does this mean for SCE’s Clients?

This Notice is to assist our Clients in understanding the current changes to the adopted rules and how it effects your current Stormwater Ordinance. Our Professionals are available to guide you through these new ordinance amendments, to help ensure proper stormwater design and guidance to meet up-to-date Planning Board review requirements concerning site plan applications.

Websites:https://www.njstormwater.org/bmp_manual2.htm https://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/adoptions.html

If you still haven’t updated your Ordinance, please consult with our professionals to help guide you through the amendment process. 

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