New Jersey Revised Statutes § 13:1b-15.139 - Projects By Private Landowners

13:1B-15.139. Projects by private landowners
a. Voluntary offers to undertake certain projects shall be solicited by the department from private landowners. The department may provide a landowner with any appropriate assistance and guidance in the development of recreational opportunity proposals particularly suited to the topographical characteristics of the land.

b. A landowner may file an application with the department, on forms prescribed by the commissioner, requesting financial assistance for a specific project or projects for public recreational access to his privately-owned open space. The department shall evaluate the application and, within 30 days of receipt of the application, either deny the application citing the reasons therefore or grant preliminary approval thereof.

c. If preliminary approval has been granted, the landowner and the commissioner may enter into an agreement, hereinafter referred to as an "access covenant," which guarantees public access for a specified period of time, for specified recreational purposes to a specified parcel or parcels of land in return for appropriate and reasonable financial assistance or in kind services, or both, as determined by the commissioner.

d. If an access covenant has been signed by a landowner and the commissioner, the landowner shall cause a statement containing the conditions of the covenant to be attached to and recorded with the deed to the land in the same manner as the deed was originally recorded.

L.1983, c. 560, s. 7, eff. Jan. 17, 1984.

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