Wastewater management planning is part of the continuing planning process required by the New Jersey Water Quality Planning Act (N.J.S.A. 58:11A-1 et seq) and section 208 of the Federal Clean Water Act. The intent of the continuing planning process is to align federal, state, regional and local water resource protection and land use planning and regulatory processes. Through the waster management planning process appropriate wastewater management treatment alternatives for geographic areas are identified based on environmental sensitivity and other land use planning objectives such as regional center based development, community revitalization, the provision of low-and moderate-income housing pursuant to NJ Fair Housing Act, redevelopment and reuse of vacant and under utilized sites. The extension of public sewers into areas designated for agricultural development and the establishment of greenways and open space areas would be inconsistent with these planning objectives.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Water Quality Management Planning Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:15-5.4) allocates responsibility for developing countywide wastewater management plans to county boards of chosen freeholders. As such, the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders has charged the Somerset County Planning Board with the responsibility of preparing and maintaining the Somerset County Wastewater Management Plan.
Proposed New State Water Quality Managemnet Planning Rules, Fall 2015
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection proposed new water quality management planning rules in October 2015. Below are documents and information related to this rule proposal.
WASTEWATER PLANING PROCESS
Adoption of Countywide Wastewater Management Plan For Somerset County, Phase I: Proposed Updated Sewer Service Area Boundaries
Septic Density Standards
Highlands Non-Conforming Planning Areas WMP Requirements
Highlands Conforming Preservation and Planning Areas
Septic Density Map – 2PPM NO3 – HUC 11s
WASTEWATER PLANNING GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS
- Overview of Model Builder Application to Estimate Future Sewer Wastewater Flow and Septic Units
- Wastewater Management Plans
- NJDEP WMP Modeling Workshop
- NJDEP Model Stormwater Control Ordinance, 3-04
- Septic Management Work Plan Template
- Fertilizer Application Model Ordinance
- Steep Slope Model Ordinance
- Riparian Model Ordinance
- NJDEP Septic Management Model Ordinance, 10-14-09
- NJDEP Septics in SSA Model Ordinance, 8-19-09