40:55D-88.5 Powers, duties of commission.
5. a. Upon establishment of the commission pursuant to section 4 of this act and appointment of its members, notwithstanding any provision of the "Municipal Land Use Law," P.L.1975, c.291 (C.40:55D-1 et seq.), to the contrary, the commission shall review and approve, reject or modify all applications for development within the Dismal Swamp pursuant to P.L.1975, c.291 (C.40:55D-1 et seq.). The commission shall exercise any or all of the powers and duties of a municipal planning board and any or all or the powers and duties of a county planning board for the Dismal Swamp.
No application for development shall be required to be reviewed and approved by both the commission and the planning board of a constituent municipality.
b.The commission shall review and approve, reject, or modify any State project planned within the Dismal Swamp, and submit its decision to the Governor and the commissioner of the department proposing the project.
c.The review of an application for development shall not be contingent upon the adoption of the master plan pursuant to section 6 of this act; however, upon adoption of the master plan, any application for development shall be reviewed to ensure that the actions proposed in the application also conform to the master plan.
Until the adoption of the master plan pursuant to section 6 of this act, the decisions of the commission shall be based upon the municipal master plans, ordinances, and resolutions of Edison Township, Metuchen Borough, and South Plainfield Borough, adopted pursuant to the provisions of the "Municipal Land Use Law," P.L.1975, c.291 (C.40:55D-1 et seq.).
d.The commission shall coordinate and support activities by citizens' groups to promote and preserve the Dismal Swamp, and shall actively seek funds for the purchase and preservation of lands within Dismal Swamp for recreation and conservation purposes.
e.In accordance with the provisions of section 4 of P.L.1975, c.291 (C.40:55D-8), the commission may establish and charge reasonable fees for the review of applications for development submitted to the commission and for other services the commission may provide. Fees collected pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited into a separate account, and shall be dedicated for use by the commission solely for the purposes of administering and enforcing its responsibilities pursuant to this act.
L.2009, c.132, s.5.
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