40:55D-88.6 Master plan for physical, economic and social development of Dismal Swamp.
6. a. The commission shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, after holding one public hearing in each of the three municipalities within Dismal Swamp, a master plan for the physical, economic and social development of the Dismal Swamp with elements similar to those provided for municipal master plans in section 19 of P.L.1975, c.291 (C.40:55D-28), as the commission determines to be appropriate for the preservation of the ecological and historical nature of the Dismal Swamp.
The master plan shall include a report presenting the objectives, assumptions, standards and principles which are embodied in the various interlocking portions of the master plan. In preparing the master plan or any portion thereof or amendment thereto the commission shall give due consideration to: existing historical sites and potential restorations or compatible development; the range of uses and potential uses of the area in the developed communities through which it passes; designated areas to be kept as undeveloped, limited-access areas restricted to conservation or passive recreation; and any other issues the commission deems appropriate for the protection and enhancement of the area. In preparing the master plan or any portion thereof or amendment thereto, the commission shall consider existing patterns of development and any relevant master plan or other plan of development, and shall ensure widespread citizen involvement and participation in the planning process.
b.The commission shall act in support of local suggestions or desires to complement the master plan. Consultation, planning, and technical expertise shall be made available to local planning bodies that wish to implement land-use policies to enhance the area. The commission shall act on or refer complaints by citizens' groups or private residents who discover hazardous situations, pollution, or evidence of noncompliance with use regulations.
L.2009, c.132, s.6.
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