Environmental groups say rule change could increase development in Pinelands
By DEREK HARPER Staff Writer
In May, the state Pinelands Commission and Department of Environmental Protection agreed on how the DEP’s Water Quality Management Planning regulations will be administered in the Pinelands.
In a “memorandum of understanding,” the commission and DEP agreed that “all lands located within a Pinelands Village, Pinelands Town, Regional Growth Area ... shall be deemed to be within a sewer service area....”
Counties across the state have been drafting new sewer maps for several years, in part to better delineate what properties would and would not require water treatment for development.
As pointed out in the article above, counties across the State have been drafting new sewer maps to delineate what properties would "require" water treatment. In a Hammonton Gazette article (Sept. 21, 2011) about Villages, the Pinelands Commission stated it was "obligated" to facilitate development, and have no alternative but to pursue wastewater treatment plants. It's their own words in print.
I agree with the Hammonton Gazette editorial. This is the greatest threat to the Pinelands National Reserve since the Jetport. Let the Pinelands Commission know your feelings about this issue.