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The Township of Little Egg Harbor
Ocean County, New Jersey
Strategic Recovery Planning Report
May 2014
Township of Little Egg Harbor
Strategic Recovery Planning Report
DRAFT- May 2014
Prepared by:
T&M Associates
11 Tindall Road
Middletown, NJ 07748
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Martin T. Truscott, PP, AICP
NJ Professional Planner No.: 02443
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Richard S. Cramer, PP, AICP
NJ Professional Planner No.: 02207
The original of this document was signed and sealed in accordance with New Jersey Law.
TOWNSHIP OF LITTLE EGG HARBOR
OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
STRATEGIC RECOVERY PLANNING REPORT
Executive Summary
When Superstorm Sandy struck the coast of New Jersey on October 29, 2012, it brought extensive damage to Little Egg Harbor Township
from both storm surge and wind damage. Little Egg Harbor reported that approximately 4,000 residential properties and a number of small
retail businesses and marinas suffered damage. Additionally, the Township reported that seven roadways were damaged, and that electricity,
water, and sewer service were disrupted. Superstorm Sandy also resulted in damage to the Little Egg Harbor Township Community Center
and the Parkertown Dock Recreation Facility, and trees and power lines fell throughout the Township.
Little Egg Harbor Township has already done much to recover from the impacts of Superstorm Sandy. However, there is still significant
work to be done to further promote recovery and resiliency to future storms. This report, therefore, outlines a recommended set of actions
to guide the Township in promoting further recovery and resiliency. Among the actions it recommends are: incorporating the principles of
the 2013 Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazard Mitigation Plan into the Township’s master plan; developing evacuation routes and providing
signage and education thereon; investigating opportunities for full-time staff within local fire and EMS agencies; investigating opportunities
for shared services and mutual aid, in particular with inland communities that are not as vulnerable to major storms; providing natural gas
service for generators at schools; providing the Department of Public Works with an emergency staging facility; improving communication
infrastructure for police, fire, and EMS, and secure existing equipment; exploring opportunities to participate in the Community Rating
System; adopting a master plan element for floodplain management; automating and expediting the processing of building and zoning
permits; updating the township’s master plan to address post-Sandy strategies and policies related to hazard mitigation and community
resiliency; investigating the need for amendments to the township’s zoning ordinance; improving communication between emergency
management and water and electric utility companies; installing bay-front energy dissipation structures; installing riprap along the shoreline;
repairing/replenishing the eroded beach at Dock Road; providing bulkheads at various locations; performing inlet and lagoon dredging;
continuing to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program; maintaining a Local Emergency Planning Committee; holding quarterly
emergency management meetings town hall meetings; obtaining a Reverse 911 system; maintaining an Emergency Operations Plan;
completing flood protection projects at East Sail, Boat, and Dory drives; upgrading emergency equipment at the municipal
building/emergency command center; and, developing a municipal GIS system to support future planning efforts.
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OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
STRATEGIC RECOVERY PLANNING REPORT
Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
Township of Little Egg Harbor
T&M Associates
Arthur R. Midgley, Mayor
Richard S. Cramer, PP, AICP
Eugene (Gene) Kobryn, Deputy Mayor
Martin P. Truscott, PP, AICP, LEED-GA
Ray Gormley, Committeeman
James M. Oris, PE, PP, CME, CPWM, CFM
John Kehm, Jr., Committeeman
Jason Worth, PE, PP, CME
Edward Nuttall, Committeeman
Jeffrey Cucinotta
Garrett Loesch, Township Administrator/CMFO
Michael J. Fromosky, Assistant Township Administrator
Chief Richard Buzby, Jr. Little Egg Harbor Township Police
Department
Lt. Thomas Williams, Little Egg Harbor Township Police
Department
Dave Johnson, Little Egg Harbor Municipal Utilities Authority
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OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
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Table of Contents
Introduction ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 1
Description of the Township ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
Assessment of Existing Planning Documents ................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Little Egg Harbor Township ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
1999 Master Plan ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
2007 Master Plan Reexamination Report .................................................................................................................................................................. 5
2007 Municipal Stormwater Management Plan........................................................................................................................................................ 5
2008 Housing Element and Fair Share Plan ............................................................................................................................................................. 5
Parker’s Run Business Park Redevelopment Plan, 2001 ......................................................................................................................................... 6
Plan Endorsement ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 6
Environmental Resource Inventory, 1978 & 2009 .................................................................................................................................................. 7
Open Space and Recreation Plan, 2002 ..................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Emergency Operating Plan ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
Approved Not Completed Developments................................................................................................................................................................ 8
Ocean County .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 10
2011 Comprehensive Master Plan ............................................................................................................................................................................ 10
2013 Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan ........................................................................................................................................... 12
2008 Comprehensive Farmland Management Plan ............................................................................................................................................... 14
Regional Plans .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 15
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Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan......................................................................................................................................................... 15
Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA) ................................................................................................................................................................ 16
Sandy’s Impacts on the Township .................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
Impacts on Residential Structures ................................................................................................................................................................................ 18
Impacts on Local Businesses ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 21
Impacts on Roadways ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 21
Impacts on the Little Egg Harbor Township Community Center .......................................................................................................................... 22
Impacts on Bulkheads .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 22
Impacts on Parkertown Dock Recreation Facility ..................................................................................................................................................... 24
Disruption of Services .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 24
Community Vulnerabilities Exacerbated by Superstorm Sandy............................................................................................................................... 25
Community Opportunities Created by Superstorm Sandy ....................................................................................................................................... 25
Status of Recovery Efforts ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 26
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Programs ................................................................................................... 27
Small Business Administration Disaster Loans .......................................................................................................................................................... 28
FEMA Public Assistance Grants .................................................................................................................................................................................. 28
Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP) ............................................................................................................................... 28
Community Outreach and Involvement ...................................................................................................................................................................... 29
Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group .............................................................................................................................................................. 30
Rebuilding Approaches That Will be More Resistant to Damage from Future Storms....................................................................................... 30
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Recommended Actions ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 32
List of Tables
Table 1: Recommended Actions to Recover from Superstorm Sandy and to Improve Response and Increase Resiliency to Future Storms 33
List of Figures
Figure 1: Regional Location ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 3
Figure 2: Center Designations in Little Egg Harbor Township...................................................................................................................................... 9
Figure 3: Pinelands and CAFRA Boundaries in Little Egg Harbor Township .......................................................................................................... 17
Figure 4: Damaged Residential Structure ......................................................................................................................................................................... 18
Figure 5: Census Tracts with Major or Severe Damage to Residential Properties ..................................................................................................... 19
Figure 6: Critical Infrastructure in Little Egg Harbor Township ................................................................................................................................. 20
Figure 7: Roadway Damage on Great Bay Boulevard .................................................................................................................................................... 21
Figure 8: Roadway and Sidewalk Damage at the end of Radio Road .......................................................................................................................... 22
Figure 9: Bulkhead Damages along West Calabreeze Way ............................................................................................................................................ 23
Figure 10: Bulkhead and Drainage Damages along West Calabreeze Way ................................................................................................................. 23
Figure 11: Bulkhead Damage along Twin Lakes Boulevard .......................................................................................................................................... 23
Figure 12: Bulkhead Damage along South Boom Way .................................................................................................................................................. 23
Figure 13: Damaged/Missing Docks at Parkertown Dock ........................................................................................................................................... 24
Figure 14: Damaged Building at Parkertown Beach Area ............................................................................................................................................. 24
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OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
STRATEGIC RECOVERY PLANNING REPORT
Introduction
This Strategic Recovery Planning Report (SRPR) serves as a
blueprint to guide the recovery of the Township of Little Egg
Harbor from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, and to reduce
vulnerabilities to future storms. Accordingly, the report:
 Evaluates Superstorm Sandy’s impacts on community
features;
 Addresses conditions that Superstorm Sandy created or
exacerbated;
 Articulates planning goals, strategies, and actions to
improve public safety, develop resistance to future
storms, and stimulate economic recovery; and,
 Describes each proposed project at a level of detail that:
– Demonstrates how it relates to the storm’s impacts;
– Explains why it is important to the township’s
economic and environmental health;
– Lists the major tasks with which it may be associated;
– Includes an estimation of the cost of implementation;
– Identifies potential or actual funding sources; and
– Provides a timeline for implementation.
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TOWNSHIP OF LITTLE EGG HARBOR
OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
Description of the Township
Little Egg Harbor Township is located in southern Ocean
County, and is bordered by: Stafford and Eagleswood Townships
to the north; and, Bass River Township in Burlington County to
the west. Additionally, the township shares water boundaries
with: Long Beach Township and Beach Haven Borough to the
east; and, Galloway Township in Atlantic County to the south.
The Borough of Tuckerton is an enclave within Little Egg
Harbor Township, and forms part of the area’s downtown center.
The Garden State Parkway, US Route 9, and Green Street (Ocean
County Route No. 539) provide regional connections from Little
Egg Harbor.
The Township encompasses an area of 73.4 square miles, 63.3
percent of which is land surface. The remaining 36.7 percent is
comprised of non-linear (i.e., lakes, ponds, and other large bodies
of water, not including streams and creeks) water surfaces,
including Great Bay and Little Egg Harbor. Other important
features of Little Egg Harbor Township include Bass River State
Forest (located in the central part of the township and extending
into Bass River Township), Freedom Fields County Park, and the
Township Sports Complex (both of which are located off of
Green Street and to the north of the Borough of Tuckerton). The
regional location and key features of Little Egg Harbor Township
are depicted in Figure 1 (located on the next page).
With regard to Little Egg Harbor’s population, it is noted that the
township had a population of 20,065 residents at the time of the
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2010 US Census. This represents an increase of 25.8 percent over
the 2000 population of 15,945 residents, and 50.5 percent over
the 1990 population of 13,333 residents. By comparison, the 2010
Ocean County population of 576,567 residents grew by nearly 13
percent since 2000, and approximately 33 percent since 1990.
Thus, Little Egg Harbor Township’s population has grown at a
considerably faster rate than at the county level in the period
since 1990.
Portions of Little Egg Harbor Township are located within the
New Jersey Pinelands. Areas of the township within the New
Jersey Pinelands lie to the north of the Garden State Parkway,
with the exception of the portion of Bass River State Forest that
is situated to the south of the Garden State Parkway. As a result
of the township’s location within the New Jersey Pinelands, as
well as historic development patterns, most of the population is
located in the southern portion of the township.
Additionally, Little Egg Harbor Township is also partially located
in the area that is regulated by the state’s Coastal Area Facility
Review Act (CAFRA). This area, called the CAFRA Zone, covers
the portion of Little Egg Harbor Township that is generally
located to the south of the Garden State Parkway and includes all
areas that are not located within the New Jersey Pinelands.
Certain types of development within the CAFRA Zone are
subject to the enhanced review and permitting requirements,
which are administered by the Division of Land Use Regulation
of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
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Figure 1: Regional Location
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OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
Assessment of Existing Planning
Documents
This section of the Strategic Recovery Planning Report examines
the adequacy of existing municipal and county planning
documents to support recovery from the impacts of Superstorm
Sandy, and to mitigate negative impacts from future storms.
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Little Egg Harbor Township
The following municipal planning documents have been reviewed
as part of this assessment: 1999 Master Plan; 2007 Master Plan
Reexamination Report; 2007 Municipal Stormwater Management
Plan; and, the 2008 Housing Element and Fair Share Plan. Each
is discussed in the following subsections.
1999 Master Plan
Little Egg Harbor’s master plan was adopted in 1999. The 1999
Master Plan outlines a number of goals, which also promotes
recovery from the impacts of Superstorm Sandy and resiliency to
future storms. These are outlined below:
 Reduce permitted residential densities, where appropriate,
consistent with planning efforts aimed at minimizing the
fiscal impacts of new residential development.
– In addition to reducing fiscal impacts, reduced residential
density will help to increase the natural infiltration of
groundwater, and promote increased mobility by reducing traffic
generation.
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Concentrate new residential and commercial development
in planned centers or other growth corridors where
infrastructure is available or comprehensively planned.
– Concentrating new development in planned centers or growth
corridors will also help to promote the retention of open space,
and, thereby, promote groundwater infiltration.
Adopt land use regulations that encourage a better
balance among residential, commercial, and industrial
land uses, so as to promote improved municipal fiscal
planning efforts.
– Ensuring a better balance among land uses will help to promote
mobility, which is important when the potential need to evacuate
an area during a hurricane or storm is considered.
Promote better coordination and consistency between
state and municipal planning efforts.
– Coordination between state and municipal planning efforts will
help to promote smart growth principles, which can help to
promote development that is resilient to storms and hurricanes.
Coordinate with the New Jersey Highway Authority and
Ocean County in order to continually improve the
roadway system of the township, and to plan for
anticipated changes brought on by growth and
development.
– Improving highways and other roads will help to increase
mobility and facilitate evacuation of areas during hurricanes
and storms.
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2007 Master Plan Reexamination Report
The Township’s Master Plan was last reexamined in 2007. The
2007 Master Plan Reexamination Report reaffirmed all of the
goals that have been outlined in the previous subsection (i.e., in
the section on the 1999 Master Plan).
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The 2007 Master Plan Reexamination Report makes the
recommendation that the township amend its zoning ordinance
to provide a maximum impervious coverage limit in all residential
zones. Such an amendment will help to reduce impervious
coverage which will promote resilience to hurricanes and storms
by reducing stormwater runoff and promoting its natural
infiltration.
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2007 Municipal Stormwater Management Plan
The township’s Municipal Stormwater Management Plan was
originally adopted in 2005 and last revised in 2007. The 2007
revision was reviewed during the preparation of the Strategic
Recovery Planning Report.
The Municipal Stormwater Management Plan outlines the
strategy that the township will employ to address stormwaterrelated impacts. It was prepared to address state regulations for
municipal stormwater management (NJAC 7:8), and sets the
following goals:
 Reduce flood damage, including damage to life and
property;
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Minimize, to the extent practical, any increase in
stormwater runoff from any new development;
Reduce soil erosion from any development or
construction project;
Assure the adequacy of existing and proposed culverts
and bridges, and other in-stream structures;
Maintain groundwater recharge;
Prevent, to the greatest extent feasible, an increase in
nonpoint pollution;
Maintain the integrity of stream channels for their
biological functions, as well as for drainage;
Minimize pollutants in stormwater runoff from new and
existing development to restore, enhance, and maintain
the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the
waters of the state, to protect public health, to safeguard
fish and aquatic life and scenic and ecological values, and
to enhance the domestic, municipal, and recreational,
industrial, and other uses of water; and
Protect public safety through the proper design and
operation of stormwater basins.
All of the goals of the 2007 Municipal Stormwater Management
Plan are consistent with promoting recovery from the impacts of
Superstorm Sandy and resiliency to future storms.
2008 Housing Element and Fair Share Plan
The 2008 Housing Element and Fair Share Plan outlines the
means by which Little Egg Harbor intends to meet its fair share
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OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
affordable housing obligation. Since the adoption of this plan,
numerous legal challenges have been made to the COAH
process. As a result, the future fair share obligation is
indeterminate until such time as new substantive rules for
affordable housing planning are developed. Little Egg Harbor
Township satisfied its prior round (or 1987-1999) obligation.
Nonetheless, and with regard to the nexus between affordable
housing planning, the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, and the
promotion of resiliency to future storms, it is noted that the fair
share obligation includes a requirement to rehabilitate a number
of housing units. This part of the fair share obligation and
COAH process has not been challenged. While, as provided in
the 2008 plan, Little Egg Harbor Township’s rehabilitation
obligation is zero (0) units, the township participates in the
Ocean County Housing Rehabilitation Program. As of 2008, a
total of four units had been rehabilitated. Rehabilitation of
housing units helps to increase the structural integrity and safety
of the township’s existing housing stock. This increases resiliency
to future storms. Additionally, if affected units are rehabilitated, it
can promote recovery from the effects of Superstorm Sandy.
Parker’s Run Business Park Redevelopment Plan,
2001
In 2000, the Little Egg Harbor Township Committee declared
the area formerly known as Beach Haven Park as “an area in
need of redevelopment” and in 2001 a redevelopment plan was
prepared for the area.
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The Parker’s Run Business Park Redevelopment Plan is framed
around the following goals:
 Create value for the municipality from existing
underutilized municipal land holdings by consolidating
parcels for future residential and commercial
development;
 Reduce the fragmentation of public land ownership in the
area through lot consolidations, street vacations, and land
acquisitions to increase the potential valuable and useful
contribution to the Township’s tax base and residents;
 Provide opportunities for housing of senior citizens;
 Provide opportunities for the creation of a wide variety of
non-residential space that will provide entrepreneurial
opportunities as well as providing services to residents of
the Township; and
 Utilize municipal resources and authority to increase the
potential utilization of the lands within the redevelopment
area.
Plan Endorsement
Little Egg Harbor Township has three center designations,
including the Greater Tuckerton Town Center, Mystic Island
Town Center, and the Parkertown Village Center, which are
located in Little Egg Harbor Township and partially in Tuckerton
Borough (see Figure 2).
Pursuant to amendments to the State Planning Rules, in May of
2004, the Center Designation process has been replaced by the
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OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
Plan Endorsement process, which seeks to ensure that planning
throughout the entirety of a municipality is consistent with the
goals and policies of the State Development and Redevelopment
Plan. Plan Endorsement generally entails comparing existing
zoning and land use practices town-wide to the key concepts and
policies of the State Plan and its Policy Map. Under the new State
Planning Rules, the Township’s three center designations are
considered “prior center designations.” Little Egg Harbor is
currently undergoing the process to receive Plan Endorsement
from the State.
Environmental Resource Inventory, 1978 & 2009
This report was prepared to describe the natural resources of
Little Egg Harbor Township, to identify the unique features to be
found in the Township, and to suggest ways to ensure the future
conservation of these resources through the local planning
process.
The planning process involves an inventory and analysis of the
natural and manmade resources, including physical factors such
as physiography, topography, climate, geology, and soils; cultural
factors including historical background, sites of historical
significance, and past land uses; biological factors, including an
inventory of plant and animal species; hydrologic factors to
include water quality monitoring at eight selected sites on all
major streams in the Township; and data regarding land use,
transportation, population, and public services Little Egg Harbor
Township also approved a Natural Resource Inventory in 2009
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through a grant from the Association of New Jersey
Environmental Commissions.
Open Space and Recreation Plan, 2002
In 1997, the Township Planning Board adopted a Recreation
Plan that was re-adopted by reference in the Community
Facilities Element of the 1999 Master Plan. In November of 2001
by voter referendum, residents of Little Egg Harbor Township
approved an Open Space tax of one cent, which was estimated at
that time to provide approximately $93,000 per year to be used
for open space preservation. In 2002, Little Egg Harbor
Township adopted an Open Space Recreation Plan (OSRP), as an
update to its 1997 Recreation Plan, to serve as a guide for future
open space acquisitions and recreational development in the
Township. The OSRP discusses open space activities and
recreational development in the Township, as well as establishes
goals and objectives for open space and recreation, inventories
the Township’s public land and quasi-public lands, conducts a
needs analysis and resource assessment, and concludes with an
Action Plan.
The 2002 OSRP Action Plan recommended that the Township
continue to acquire additional land for recreation and open space,
for greenways along stream corridors to protect streams and
freshwater wetlands, and for conservation programs such as the
NJDEP Green Acres Program and the Natural Lands Trust
Program, and developer dedications. In protecting the amount of
open space in Little Egg Harbor Township, these
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OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
recommendations guide the Township in its attempts to promote
resiliency from future Sandy-type storms.
Emergency Operating Plan
The Emergency Operating Plan, updated in 2012, sets forth the
general policies and procedures to be carried out by municipal
and volunteer entities (such as the Fire Department and EMS) in
order to provide the citizens of the Township with an effective
integrated emergency response plan designed to minimize the
loss of life and property during an emergency. The manual is
comprised of the Basic Plan and the following list of annexes
providing response plans for such emergency situations as:
alerting, warning, and communications; damage assessment;
emergency medical; emergency operating centers; emergency
public information; evacuation; fire and rescue; hazardous
materials; law enforcement; public health; public works;
radiological protection; resource management; shelter, reception,
and care; social services; terrorism incident; and veterinary
services.
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Approved Not Completed Developments
Little Egg Harbor Township also has two ongoing site
developments that have been approved by the Planning Board
and are located in a flood hazard area. Prior to construction,
these projects may have to be revised in order to comply with the
most current FEMA flood hazard elevations. These sites include:
 A retail plaza at 21 Jackson Street (Block 325.52, Lot 1,
9,630 sq. ft.), 2009;
 43 townhouses at Harbor View Estates (Block 325, Lot
63), 2010.
The purpose of the Emergency Operating Plan is to protect life
and property in emergencies by coordinating response activities
of municipal and volunteer entities to ensure their optimum use.
It provides for actions to be taken to mitigate, prepare for,
respond to, and recover from the effects of an emergency. The
plan is an “all-hazards” approach to emergency management and
covers natural disasters, technological disasters, and national
security crises.
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Figure 2: Center Designations in Little Egg Harbor Township
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Ocean County
The following county planning documents have been reviewed as
part of this assessment: 2011 Comprehensive Master Plan; 2013
Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan; and, the 2008
Comprehensive Farmland Management Plan. Each is discussed in
the following subsections.
2011 Comprehensive Master Plan
The Ocean County Planning Board adopted the Comprehensive
Master Plan on December 21, 2011. It serves as a policy
statement about the future development of Ocean County, and
examines a wide range of topics, including: the county’s
demographics; economic planning and workforce development;
transportation and mobility; housing; design; land use; agriculture;
open space and recreation planning; regional environmental
conditions; water resources; waste, wastewater, and stormwater
management; and, regional air quality.
The Comprehensive Master Plan makes a number of
recommendations that are relevant to Little Egg Harbor’s
recovery from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, and reducing
vulnerabilities to future storms. These are outlined below:
 Encourage the New Jersey Department of Transportation
to modernize and upgrade state highways throughout
Ocean County, including US Route 9, NJ Route 35, NJ
Route 37, NJ Route 70, NJ Route 72, NJ Route 88 and
NJ Route 166.
– Modernizing and upgrading Ocean County’s highways will
improve mobility and facilitate the evacuation of Little Egg
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Harbor Township in times of crisis, including during future
storms. This is particularly true for US Route 9, which
provides a north-south connection through Little Egg Harbor
Township, and intersects with numerous state highways and
other roadways that provide connections to the west, in Ocean,
Burlington, and Atlantic counties.
Encourage the retention of established residential
neighborhoods and the rehabilitation of the county’s
older housing stock. Facilitate participation in home
rehabilitation and historical preservation grant programs,
where applicable.
– Home rehabilitation may help to improve the structural
integrity of existing housing stock. This, in turn, strengthens the
structure and provides additional protection during extreme
weather events, such as hurricanes and storms.
Encourage low-impact design techniques to minimize the
disturbance of natural areas and maximize the recharge of
stormwater on-site.
– Maximizing the recharge of stormwater on-site may help to
decrease the incidence of flooding.
Support the tourism amenities and needs of shore towns
and continue to facilitate the protection and
replenishment of county’s beaches and shoreline areas.
– Protection and replenishment of the county’s beaches and
shoreline areas, including those along the Great Bay and Little
Egg Harbor, will help the county to cope with future hurricanes
and storms and mitigate their impacts.
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Continue to support the Ocean County Agriculture
Development Board (OCADB) in its mission to protect
and enhance the county’s agricultural resources.
– Preservation of farmland helps to reduce vulnerabilities to
storms by protecting and promoting agricultural land uses. Such
land uses typically have a very low amount of impervious cover,
and consequently support the infiltration of stormwater.
Maintain an ongoing evaluation of the recreational needs
of Ocean County residents, and assist in identifying new
park and open space areas, as necessary.
– Expansion of park and open space areas, particularly in the
southern part of Little Egg Harbor Township, will help to
preserve and protect natural and other areas with low
impervious surface cover. This supports the infiltration of
stormwater. Additionally, it eliminates the potential that such
areas will be converted to residential uses. This helps to restrict
population development in areas that may be vulnerable to
hurricanes and other storms. It also protects the local and
regional economy by guiding non-residential development (e.g.,
commercial and industrial uses) away from areas that may be
susceptible to disturbance and interruptions caused by extreme
weather events.
Continue to work with all federal, state, local and nonprofit partners to acquire open space and maximize
financial resources available for preservation.
– As has been previously noted, expansion of open space areas
promotes resiliency to future hurricanes and storms.
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Encourage land use planning strategies such as lowimpact design to preserve open space and maximize the
natural infiltration of stormwater.
– Preservation of open space and maximization of stormwater
infiltration helps to minimize flooding and promotes resiliency to
future hurricanes and storms.
Explore and assess best management practices used by
other areas in the country to address stormwater
management.
– Effectively addressing stormwater management helps to
minimize flooding and promotes resiliency to future hurricanes
and storms.
Continue to assess structural and nonstructural options
for stormwater management to increase infiltration,
remove debris and reduce nutrient and pollution loads.
– Increasing infiltration will help to reducing flooding.
Additionally, removing debris will help to increase the efficiency
of existing stormwater management facilities.
Encourage compliance with new legislation that requires
the New Jersey Department of Transportation to address
stormwater management issues on state highways,
including US Route 9, NJ Route 35, NJ Route 37, NJ
Route 70, NJ Route 72, NJ Route 88 and NJ Route 166.
– Addressing stormwater management issues along highways will
help to minimize stormwater impacts, and increase highway
safety. This is particularly important as highways generate
stormwater runoff, and may serve as evacuation routes during
emergencies.
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OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
2013 Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan
Ocean County has prepared a Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard
Mitigation Plan. At the time of the preparation of this Strategic
Recovery Planning Report, the plan has not been formally
adopted. The assessment of the 2013 Multi-Jurisdictional AllHazard Mitigation Plan has, therefore, been completed with the
draft plan, which was submitted by the county’s consultant on
December 5, 2013. It is anticipated that Ocean County and each
of the 33 municipalities within it will adopt the plan.
Representatives from Little Egg Harbor Township (incl., the
deputy coordinator and coordinator of its office of emergency
management, superintendent of its department of public works,
assistant business administrator, and municipal engineer) were
involved throughout the plan development process.
The key purposes of the Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazard
Mitigation Plan are: to provide a blueprint for saving lives and
reducing property damage from the effects of future natural and
man-made disasters in Ocean County; and, to improve
community resiliency following disastrous events. In addition, the
Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazard Mitigation Plan also fulfills state
and federal legislative requirements related to local hazard
mitigation planning, and opens door to pre- and post-disaster
grant funding.
The Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazard Mitigation Plan is
comprehensive in scope and, in addition to examining the
county’s geography and natural environment, economic assets,
and population, land use, and built environment characteristics,
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includes a detailed risk assessment. Among the risks
contemplated by the Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazard Mitigation
Plan are: natural hazards, such as coastal erosion, drought,
earthquakes, extreme temperature, flooding, storms (i.e.,
hurricanes, tropical storms, and nor’easters), tornadoes and
windstorms, wildfires, and winter storms (i.e., heavy snowstorms
and blizzards, and sleet and ice storms); human-made hazards,
such as hazardous materials, nuclear incidents, transportation
accidents, urban fire and explosion, and utility interruption; and,
climate change hazards associated with sea level rise.
Based on the results of the Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazard
Mitigation Plan’s risk assessment, Little Egg Harbor Township
has an elevated risk of floods, storms (incl., hurricanes, tropical
storms, and nor’easters), utility interruptions, winter storms,
wildfires, sea level rise, drought, and urban fires and explosions,
as compared to the rest of Ocean County. The level of risk posed
by extreme temperatures, coastal erosion, nuclear incidents, wind
(incl., tornadoes), and earthquakes in Little Egg Harbor
Township is equivalent to that of Ocean County as a whole.
There is a decreased risk of environmental hazards (i.e. hazardous
materials) and transportation accidents relative to Ocean County.
The Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazard Mitigation Plan outlines a
mitigation strategy that is centered on the following goals and
objectives:
 Encourage sustainable development to protect people,
property, community resource and the environment from
natural and human-made disasters.
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– Meet and exceed minimum standards of the National
Flood Insurance Program.
– Manage building code, land use code, ordinance and
other planning mechanisms to prevent and mitigate
the impact of disasters on people and property.
– Improve information available for mitigation
planning.
– Coordinate and increase applications for federal and
state grant programs.
– Integrate and leverage other planning mechanisms
from: neighboring jurisdictions; local, county and
regional organizations; and, state partnerships to
implement the plan.
– Improve shelter management.
Build and rebuild structures and infrastructure to protect
people, and to reduce impacts of future disasters.
– Increase the number of residential properties
protected from hazards.
– Increase the number of community resources and
amount of infrastructure protected from hazards.
– Improve the ability of critical facilities and
infrastructure to safely operate during storms and
utility interruptions.
– Improve evacuation capability.
Protect and restore the natural environment to support
disaster resiliency.
– Improve the health of natural systems to safely and
naturally accommodate flooding and wildfire.
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– Improve the health of natural systems used to protect
residential properties and other community resources.
– Plan for increased open space in the most vulnerable
areas.
– Promote appropriate urban-wild land interface for
wildfire mitigation.
Promote education, awareness and outreach before,
during and after disaster.
– Improve and expand information and opportunities
for input available by television, radio, websites, social
media, newsletters, and meetings.
– Increase participation in mitigation programs,
including
the
Community
Rating
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StormReady, and FireWise programs.
– Tailor timely messages for audiences, including
children, parents, community groups, universities,
seniors and other groups.
– Improve alert and warning systems.
In addition to the preceding mitigation strategy, the MultiJurisdictional All Hazard Mitigation Plan outlines the following
actions for Little Egg Harbor Township:
 Adopt advisory base flood elevation mapping.
 Replenish beaches.
 Promote and develop a Community Emergency Response
Team (CERT) program.
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Promote and develop a “We Care” program to better
protect those with special needs or reduced mobility
during emergencies.
Promote and develop police outreach program in schools.
Continue to enforce building codes.
Continue to participate in the National Flood Insurance
Program.
Develop and implement shelter management plans.
Dredge in appropriate locations to mitigate flooding and
maintain lagoon access.
Elevate residential properties.
Implement debris management programs.
Implement erosion control-related projects.
Implement flood control-related projects.
Implement generator-related actions.
Implement prescribed burn actions.
Improve mapping capability.
Improve pump stations.
Install a grounding system to protect against future
lighting strikes.
Install riprap along the shoreline.
Participate in the Community Rating System program.
Maintain a local emergency planning committee.
Maintain and improve information on the Internet (e.g.,
on the township website and social media outlets).
Maintain emergency operations plan.
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Maintain, improve, and expand education and awareness
programs.
Obtain new and improve existing warning systems (e.g.,
Nixle and Reverse 911).
Participate in the National Night Out program.
Distribute information on grant programs that support
residential, business and natural resource mitigation
projects to appropriate local stakeholders.
The mitigation strategy and municipal actions that have been
outlined in the Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazard Mitigation Plan are
generally supportive of and promote Little Egg Harbor’s recovery
from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, and the reduction of
vulnerabilities to future storms.
2008 Comprehensive Farmland Management Plan
The overall goal of the 2008 Comprehensive Farmland
Management Plan is to support the promotion and retention of
Ocean County’s agricultural industry through farmland
preservation. This is primarily done through a variety of
techniques, including: purchase of development easements;
donation of development easements; fee-simple acquisition of
farmland; and, other techniques.
According to the 2008 Comprehensive Farmland Management
Plan, Little Egg Harbor Township has approximately 45 acres of
farmland-assessed property. However, no portion of Little Egg
Harbor Township is located within an Agricultural Development
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Area. Agricultural Development Areas are outlined in the 2008
Comprehensive Farmland Management Plan, and are areas where
agricultural uses are preferred. The 2008 Comprehensive
Farmland Management Plan specifies that the county’s future
farmland preservation efforts will focus on its designated
Agricultural Development Areas.
As a result of the above, Little Egg Harbor Township is not a
focus of the future farmland preservation program envisioned by
the 2008 Comprehensive Farmland Management Plan. However,
much of Little Egg Harbor’s existing farmland is located within
the New Jersey Pinelands, and its already-limited development
potential makes it less attractive than other areas for conversion
to a non-agricultural use. Nonetheless, it is important to note that
retention and expansion of agriculture in Little Egg Harbor
Township, and Ocean County as a whole, is generally supportive
of reducing vulnerabilities to storms. Indeed, agricultural lands
typically have a very low amount of impervious cover, and,
consequently, support the infiltration of stormwater.
Regional Plans
Little Egg Harbor Township has land within two different
regulated areas that require special consideration with regards to
development. Both the Coastal Area Facilities Review Act
(CAFRA) zone and the Pinelands National Reserve have a
significant effect on the regulation of development and land use
in the Township. These specialty regulation areas are designed to
limit the negative effects that development has on
environmentally sensitive habitats.
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Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan
The Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) is
intended to serve two functions: as a general guide for local
authorities in preparing master plans and land use ordinances for
certification by the Pinelands Commission, and as a planning and
regulatory mechanism that can be adopted and enforced by the
Commission if a county or municipality fails to secure
certification.
The regulations and standards contained in this plan are designed
to promote orderly development of the Pinelands so as to
preserve and protect the significant and unique natural,
ecological, agricultural, archaeological, historical, scenic, cultural,
and recreational resources of the Pinelands.
According to the CMP, municipalities that have land within the
Pinelands Area must bring their master plan and land use
ordinances into conformance with the minimum standards set
forth in the CMP.
Under the guidance of the Pinelands Comprehensive
Management Plan, the Pinelands National Reserve is carefully
regulated to support and preserve the health of the ecosystem,
while permitting compatible development. The Pinelands
Commission has applied many smart growth and planning
concepts such as watershed management, Transfer of
Development Rights (TDR) including the Pinelands
Development Credit Program (PDC), and timed growth and
conservation planning.
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Portions of Little Egg Harbor Township within the New Jersey
Pinelands lie to the north of the Garden State Parkway, with the
exception of the portion of Bass River State Forest that is
situated to the south of the Garden State Parkway (see Figure 3).
The remainder of the Township’s land (primarily south of the
Garden State Parkway) falls within the CAFRA regulatory
jurisdiction.
Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA)
Additionally, Little Egg Harbor Township is also partially located
in the area that is regulated by the state’s Coastal Area Facility
Review Act (CAFRA). This area, called the CAFRA Zone, covers
the portion of Little Egg Harbor Township that is generally
located to the south of the Garden State Parkway and includes all
areas that are not located within the New Jersey Pinelands (see
Figure 3).
The CAFRA zone applies to development projects near coastal
waters from Middlesex County down to Cape May and up again
to Salem County. Generally, the closer the project is to the water,
the more likely it will be regulated. Certain types of development
within the CAFRA Zone are subject to the enhanced review and
permitting requirements, which are administered by the Division
of Land Use Regulation of the New Jersey Department of
Environmental Protection. The CAFRA law regulates almost all
development activities involved in residential, commercial, or
industrial development, including construction, relocation, and
enlargement of buildings, excavation, grading, shore protection,
structures, and site preparation.
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Most of the development in Little Egg Harbor Township takes
place in the Coastal Suburban Planning Area under CAFRA
jurisdiction, which encourages mixed-use development and
redevelopment in compact centers.
There are also some developed areas of town located in CAFRA’s
Coastal Rural Planning Area, which is concentrated south of the
Garden State Parkway and north of Tuckerton Borough. This
planning area encourages maintenance of existing low-density
and low-intensity development patterns in order to minimize the
impact of new development on rural features as well as natural
and built systems.
There are also some areas of the Township located in CAFRA’s
Coastal Environmentally Sensitive Planning Area, which are
scattered throughout town south of the Garden State Parkway.
This area has some development, which is mainly concentrated
around Stage Road and Nugentown Road. This CAFRA planning
area protects environmentally sensitive features by guiding
development into centers, maintaining low intensity development
patterns, and discouraging development of public infrastructure
facilities outside of centers. Most of the undeveloped land along
the bayfront is located in the Coastal Environmentally Sensitive
Planning Area as well as in the Coastal Park Planning Area.
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Figure 3: Pinelands and CAFRA Boundaries in Little Egg Harbor Township
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Sandy’s Impacts on the Township
The areas of Little Egg Harbor Township that are situated to the
south of the Garden State Parkway were most impacted by
Superstorm Sandy. These areas received up to four feet of storm
surge and floodwater. They were also impacted by: stormgenerated debris, which impeded the proper functioning of
drainage structures and created roadway obstacles; winds; and,
wave action.
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were affected with major or severe damage. Census Tract No.
34029736105 is shown in Figure 5 (located on the next page).
Many of the residents that were impacted by Superstorm Sandy
were seniors. According to the 2010 United States Census, 29.5
percent of the population of Census Tract No. 34029736105 is
aged 62 years or greater.
Figure 4: Damaged Residential Structure
Flooding and wave action were generally not a problem in the
areas of the township that lie to the north of Garden State
Parkway. Damage from wind, however, did occur. There were
reports of trees falling on homes and roadways.
The following subsections further describe the full range of
Superstorm Sandy’s impacts on the Township. Specifically, they
examine Sandy’s specific impacts on: residential structures; local
businesses; parks; electrical service; and, roadways.
Impacts on Residential Structures
Approximately 4,000 homes sustained damage during Superstorm
Sandy, which is about 40 percent of the housing stock in the
Township. Of these, 800 homes sustained substantial damage.
Damage occurred as a result of flooding and high winds.
The substantially damaged homes were located in Census Tract
No. 34029736105. A total of 90 percent (of 3,272) households
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Figure 5: Census Tracts with Major or Severe Damage to Residential Properties
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Figure 6: Critical Infrastructure in Little Egg Harbor Township
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Impacts on Local Businesses
A number of small retail businesses in the Mystic Island/Radio
Road area as well as some marinas were adversely damaged by the
storm event. Most of the retail stores have re-opened for
business. Marinas in the Mystic Island area that were damaged
have made the necessary repairs. Most of the
repairs/replacements have been in-kind with no mitigation
improvements.
Impacts on Roadways
Superstorm Sandy significantly damaged some roadways in Little
Egg Harbor. The following roadways were damaged:
 Great Bay Boulevard
– Great Bay Boulevard Bridge was severely damaged.
 Iowa Court
– 160 square feet of asphalt paving was washed out
along the cul-de-sac which is immediately adjacent to
Barnegat Bay.
 Radio Road
– A retaining wall at the end of Radio Road was
destroyed.
– A portion of sidewalk that provided access to the
beach was washed out.
– A total of approximately 310 square feet of asphalt
paving was washed out from two locations along
Radio Road.
– Six roadway signs were washed away.
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Under heavy truck and loader activity performing debris removal
operations, the following damages resulted:
 Maryland Road
– 2,100 square-foot area of roadway disintegrated.
 North Spinnaker Drive
– A portion of the roadway collapsed and created a
one-foot hole with an area of 32 square feet.
 Columbia Road
– A 300 square-foot area of roadway was disintegrated.
 South Portland Drive
– A 700 square-foot area of roadway was disintegrated.
Figure 7: Roadway Damage on Great Bay Boulevard
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Figure 8: Roadway and Sidewalk Damage at the end of
Radio Road
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In addition to the above, it is important to note that building
furnishings and amenities were completely destroyed or damaged
by Sandy. One of the accessory buildings (viz., 120 square foot
wood-framed shed) was also completely destroyed.
The total damages to the community center amounted to more
than $400,000. The cost of new HVAC units and associated
improvements is approximately $260,000.
Impacts on Bulkheads
Impacts on the Little Egg Harbor Township
Community Center
Superstorm Sandy caused extensive damage to the interior and
exterior of the Little Egg Harbor Township Community Center.
Specifically, floodwaters entered the main community center
building and accessory buildings. This caused extensive damage
to: drywall; insulation; doors; electric systems; heating systems;
hot water heater; HVAC units; tile flooring; kitchen; kitchen
appliances; gas systems; fire suppression system; bathrooms; and,
ductwork. Plumbing and related interior features were also
damaged, and debris caused blockage of drainage lines.
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Superstorm Sandy caused extensive damage to bulkheads in
several locations of the township. In total, FEMA estimated more
than $89,000 in damage was incurred. The replacement cost is
anticipated to exceed that amount. The locations with bulkhead
damage include:
 South Boom Way
 West Calabreeze Way
 Twin Lakes Boulevard
 East Playhouse Road
 Parkertown Beach
In addition, Superstorm Sandy produced significant siltation
within many lagoons, in particular in the Osborn Island and
Mystic Island areas. The decrease in water depth reduces property
values and limits the viability of boat usage for the homes along
the lagoons. The reduction of this recreational value of the
properties has a negative impact on property values.
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Figure 9: Bulkhead Damages along West Calabreeze Way
Figure 11: Bulkhead Damage along Twin Lakes Boulevard
Figure 10: Bulkhead and Drainage Damages along West
Calabreeze Way
Figure 12: Bulkhead Damage along South Boom Way
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Impacts on Parkertown Dock Recreation Facility
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Figure 14: Damaged Building at Parkertown Beach Area
At Parkertown Beach, the docks, gangways, decking, and
stringers were washed away during Superstorm Sandy. The
Parkertown Dock Building was also damaged by the storm surge
of seawater. The pavilion building was undermined and
destroyed.
Figure 13: Damaged/Missing Docks at Parkertown Dock
Disruption of Services
Electric service was interrupted throughout Little Egg Harbor
Township. Outages lasted for seven to ten days depending on the
location in the Township.
Water and sewer service in the Township was disrupted by the
outage of electrical service and by flooding. Seven sewage pump
stations and two wells went down but were put back into
operation by the following evening. Contamination did not occur.
However, the high flood levels lead to floatable objects entering
the sewer lines and causing some back-ups. In addition the flood
waters shifted the building enclosure of one MUA well site.
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Community Vulnerabilities Exacerbated by
Superstorm Sandy
Community Opportunities Created by
Superstorm Sandy
Superstorm Sandy exacerbated the following Township
vulnerabilities:
 Homeowners and business owners located in low-lying
areas in close proximity to the flooded waterways that
border and run through Little Egg Harbor Township
were threatened by four to six feet of flood water;
 The loss of power exposed residents to the dangers of
cold fall nights and threatened emergency communication
and service;
 The damage to the pump stations and wells threatened
the effectiveness of sewer service by causing back-ups;
 The land around and to the south of Route 9 is mostly
built out, and the Township faced limited options for
relocating debris from the storm;
 Vulnerability to waterfront areas was exacerbated, as
Sandy weakened bulkheading and eroded shorelines.
 Communication.
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between municipal and utilities personnel
Superstorm Sandy has provided Little Egg Harbor Township
with an important learning opportunity, and its impacts
demonstrate that the township may become more resilient to
future hurricanes and storms by doing the following:
 Promoting public awareness of the importance of hazard
mitigation and the need to develop resiliency;
 Focusing the attention of public entities on issues, such as
flooding, high winds, and vulnerabilities;
 Encouraging regional solutions to flood- and stormrelated impacts;
 Ensuring that future and reconstructed capital projects
are designed and constructed to incorporate features that
are resilient to storm- and hurricane-related impacts; and
 Encouraging/supporting the use of sustainable
development techniques and green building design in
future development and redevelopment.
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Status of Recovery Efforts
In the days and weeks immediately following Superstorm Sandy’s
landfall, Little Egg Harbor Township responded by taking the
following emergency protective measures:
 Evacuated more than 4,000 persons, including 100
residents of the Mystic Shores Nursing Home;
 Removed debris from 64 private properties, totaling
approximately 111 cubic yards of vegetative debris, 660
cubic yards of construction and demolition debris, 6 trees
leaning over 30 degrees, 1 flush cut tree over 6 inches, 34
items of white goods, 32 gallons of hazardous material, 10
motor vehicles, and 42 boats;
 Removed debris from remaining Township land, totaling
approximately 1,950 cubic yards of vegetative debris,
38,000 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris,
and 100 cubic yards of whit goods;
 Partnered with the Red Cross to provide two shelter
facilities for residents and their pets at the Pinelands
Regional School District for over a month. At their peak
the shelters housed almost 800 evacuees;
 Generators were available at the Pinelands Regional
School District shelters.
In the months following the immediate aftermath of Superstorm
Sandy’s landfall, the Township has undertaken (and continues to
undertake) the following emergency protective measures:
 Passing Ordinance Number 2013-01 in order to:
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– Amend zoning regulations in the R-100, R-75A, R-70,
and R-50 Residential Zones to allow a maximum
building height of 40 feet on lots within flood hazard
areas. These amendments facilitate the elevation of
buildings above base flood elevation.
– Amend zoning regulations in the R-50 Residential
Zone to allow a minimum lot area of 4,350 square
feet and lot depth of 87 feet.
– Reduce set back regulations for air conditioning units
from four feet to three feet.
– Reduce front set back regulations for steps to 15 feet.
Filing FEMA grant applications for bulkhead repairs,
repairs to the Little Egg Harbor Community Center and
related buildings.
Performing necessary demolition and repairs at the Little
Egg Harbor Community Center.
Providing recovery assistance information on the
Township website covering federal and state programs,
flood elevation levels, debris removal insurance and
counseling.
Partnering with New Jersey Future to assist in the
planning of recovery and resiliency measures, to develop
improved response measures, and to assist in identifying
available grant funding.
Flood proofing the generators at pump stations and well
sites, including:
– Pump Station #1 and Well #7 on Osborne Island
(one property)
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– Pump Stations #2, 3, 4, and 5 and Well #5, all at
separate locations in Mystic Island
– Pump Stations #6 and 7 at the Atlantis section of the
Township
Elevating the generator at Well #7 on Osborne Island by
one foot.
Providing permanent repairs to the damages at the Great
Bay Boulevard Bridge (completed by Ocean County)
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Disaster Recovery Programs
Little Egg Harbor Township has also received recovery aid from
various federal funding programs. The NJ Department of
Community Affairs has compiled an online database of CDBG
programs that have aided in Superstorm Sandy recovery across
New Jersey, updated as of May 5, 2014. Little Egg Harbor
Township’s residents have been awarded $45,840,000 from the
following housing programs:
Homeowner Resettlement Program (HRP): $180 million in
federal funds have been allocated to support a Homeowner
Resettlement Program designed to encourage homeowners to
remain in the nine most impacted counties (Atlantic, Bergen,
Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and
Union) that were severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The
funds may be used for any non-construction purpose that assists
the Homeowner to remain in, or return to, the county in which
they lived prior to Superstorm Sandy.
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In Little Egg Harbor Township, 450 low-to-moderate income
housing units and 477 urgent need units were awarded grant
monies through the HRP, totaling 927 housing units for the
Township. With a grant amount of $10,000 per household,
$9,270,000 has been awarded to Little Egg Harbor, $9,240,000 of
which has been disbursed as of May 5, 2014.
Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and
Mitigation (RREM): $600 million in federal funds have been
allocated to help eligible primary homeowners repair or rebuild
their Superstorm Sandy impacted homes. The RREM program
will assist homeowners in rehabilitation, reconstruction, elevation,
and mitigation so that they can do the necessary work on their
homes to make them livable and to comply with requirements for
structures located in flood plains. RREM provides grants to
eligible Homeowners up to $150,000, though the state has
estimated an average award of $100,000 per application. The
RREM program is intended to “fill the gap” between the cost of
repairs and other funds the owner has received to repair the
structure.
In Little Egg Harbor Township, 272 low-to-moderate income
housing units and 76 urgent need units were awarded funding
through the RREM program, totaling 348 housing units for the
Township. With an average award of $100,000 per application,
$34,800,000 has been awarded to Little Egg Harbor. As of May 5,
2014, none of this money has been disbursed.
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Small Rental Properties/Landlord Rental Repair Program
(LRRP): This program provides up to $50,000 per unit in grant
funding assistance to eligible owners of rental property from 1 to
25 units. The LRRP program will provide funds to help rental
property owners restore their properties through rehabilitation,
reconstruction, elevation, and mitigation to rental property
damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The LRRP program is intended
to help existing owners restore their properties and receive
reimbursement for eligible building expenses incurred by owners
prior to the LRRP implementation but not paid for by other
programs.
In Little Egg Harbor, 59 units have been awarded funding
through the LRRP, totaling $1,770,000 for the Township. As of
May 5, 2014, none of this money has been disbursed.
Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
In the months following Superstorm Sandy, the Small Business
Administration (SBA) has been issuing low-interest loans to
homeowners, renters, businesses, and private nonprofit
organizations in New Jersey to aid in their recovery and
reconstruction efforts. Disaster loans can be used to repair or
replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared
disaster: real estate; personal property; machinery and equipment;
and, inventory and business assets. NJ.com has compiled data
from the SBA and made it available online. As of February 2013,
a total of $19,232,400 had been loaned to applicants in Little Egg
Harbor, including: 231 homeowners, which were loaned a total of
$18,878,600; and, seven businesses, which were loaned $353,800.
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FEMA Public Assistance Grants
FEMA has provided public assistance grants to Little Egg Harbor
Township to aid with disaster recovery. NJ.com has compiled
this data from FEMA and made it available online, although due
to privacy concerns, the data on individual assistance grants have
not been released. As of April 25, 2013, Little Egg Harbor
Township had received the following FEMA Public Assistance
grants, totaling $4,239,479:
 The Township received $3,344,363 for debris removal.
 The Little Egg Harbor Municipal Utilities Authority
received:
o $825,244 for public utilities;
o $1,591 for public buildings; and
o $51,153 for protective measures.
 The Little Egg Harbor Board of Education received:
o $16,267 for protective measures; and
o $861 for debris removal.
Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance
Program (SHRAP)
The Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program
(SHRAP) is a temporary relief program offered by O.C.E.A.N.,
Inc., to Ocean County residents to assist those experiencing a
housing crisis resulting from Superstorm Sandy. There are no
income requirements for those seeking assistance under SHRAP.
Affected households could qualify for up to six months of
payment vouchers (and no more than $15,000 in total assistance).
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The program also provides housing stability by offering support
to hose affected by Superstorm Sandy with:
 Maintaining temporary housing while their primary
residence is repaired/rebuilt;
 Maintaining a primary residence for the household to
return to when repair/reconstruction is completed;
 Maintaining housing after a reduction in income;
 Ensuring that households have items deemed essential for
health/safety upon return to a primary residence;
 Eligible households will be provided with assistance for
paying mortgage, rent, retroactive, or current utility
payments
and
the
purchase
of
essential
funding/appliances.
As is the case with the OCLTRG, there is no publicly available
data regarding the SHRAP’s recovery aid in Little Egg Harbor
Township, but aid from this program remains available for the
residents of Little Egg Harbor.
Community Outreach and Involvement
Part of Little Egg Harbor Township’s response to and recovery
from Superstorm Sandy includes community outreach and
involvement. On January 4, 2013, the Township held a public
meeting with FEMA officials. Issues of discussion with
Township residents included some of the various assistance
programs available to residents, such as the National Flood
Insurance Program, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and
the Small Business Administration financing programs. At this
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meeting residents also had the opportunity to discuss any
concerns or issues regarding their individual storm recovery
work.
In addition, the Township held a meeting on January 28, 2014 to
discuss Superstorm Sandy’s impacts, recovery efforts, and
recommended actions to promote recovery, response, and
resilience to future storms. Participating parties included Little
Egg Harbor Township’s Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Zoning Office,
Assistant Administrator, Police Department, NJ Future, and
T&M Associates.
Little Egg Harbor Township, through a combined agreement
with Tuckerton Borough and New Jersey Future, has also taken
part in a “Getting to Resilience” recommendations report, which
was released in April 2014. In this process, New Jersey Future
developed and implemented long-term recovery and resilience
strategies. The report is partially the result of inputs from
residents submitted via questionnaires.
Going forward, Little Egg Harbor Township also plans on taking
part in the following activities:
 Establishing a resiliency steering committee with
participating Township personnel to discuss priority
recovery, response, and resiliency actions and to conduct
a vulnerability analysis which may help pave the way for
future recovery recommendations; and
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
Holding a Sandy Recovery & Town Revitalization
Seminar, involving inputs from NJ Future, the Ocean
County Long Term Recovery Group, the New Jersey
Department of Community Affairs, the New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection, the Sandy
Recovery Task Force, along with Little Egg Harbor
Township Officials. Information to be covered includes
(but is not limited to) various assistance programs
available to residents, resiliency efforts, township projects,
and grant applications.
Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group
The Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group (OCLTRG)
seeks to provide a coordinated recovery effort to the victims of
disasters affecting Ocean County by identifying and assisting
households affected by the disaster that do not have adequate
personal resources for basic needs and recovery. The group’s
priorities include the following:
 Individuals and families who need assistance to maintain
or obtain safe, sanitary, and secure housing, and who:
o Are not served or are underserved by other
existing aid programs, including people who are
ineligible for FEMA.
o Are experiencing economic hardship in pursuing a
plan for recovery.
o Are isolated or have difficulty accessing services.
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o Have begun the recovery process but have
encountered a setback and need assistance with
their continued recovery.
o Need assistance in order to prevent deterioration
in their continued recovery.
Landlords of owner-occupied residential rental property
of four units or less when such assistance will provide
safe, sanitary, and secure housing that will be affordable
and permanent for the owner-occupant and his or her
residential tenants.
Landlords of non-owner occupied residential property of
three units or less when such assistance will provide safe,
sanitary, and secure housing that will be affordable and
permanent for residential tenants.
There is no publicly available data regarding the OCLTRG’s
recovery aid in Little Egg Harbor Township, but aid from this
group remains available for the residents of Little Egg Harbor.
Rebuilding Approaches That Will be More
Resistant to Damage from Future Storms
The recovery efforts previously mentioned all serve as rebuilding
approaches that Little Egg Harbor Township is taking to be more
resilient in the future. They serve to protect residents from the
dangers of potential storm events by providing a solution to
damaged services. The Township also may consider the following
rebuilding approaches in its recovery efforts:
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Rebuilding and renovating homes and structures in
accordance with flood hazard and construction codes.
Completing repairs to roadways, bulkheads and docks
(including the Parkertown Dock facility).
Educating residents and builders about flood hazards and
flood-resistant provisions in codes.
Protecting natural areas that currently buffer developed
areas from storm damage and storm surge.
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Recommended Actions
depending on available funding. Actual costs of each project will
be prepared at the time that the specific scope of work is
determined.
To prevent damage from future hurricanes and storms, the
Strategic Recovery Planning Report recommends that Little Egg
Harbor employ storm-resistant building strategies in all future
municipal construction in areas to the south of the Garden State
Parkway. Examples of storm-resistant building strategies include:
the use of steel, concrete, or wooden pilings to elevate buildings
and protect them from storm surge; reinforcing construction to
provide increased strength and wind load resistance; designing
buildings to be aerodynamic; using wind-resistance doors and
windows; and, using flexible (e.g., wood) or high-strength (e.g.,
reinforced concrete) building materials.
This report also recommends that the Township construct stormresistant infrastructure including equipment, pumps and buildings
elevated above the flood hazard elevation and berms or levees to
protect capital facilities. In addition, green infrastructure and
resilient design are encouraged.
This SRPR also recommends that Little Egg Harbor promote
recovery from Superstorm Sandy and resiliency to future storms
by taking the actions that are detailed in Table 1. These actions
have been developed in consultation with the officials from a
variety of township offices, and are intended to promote recovery
from Superstorm Sandy and resiliency to future storms. Each
action has an identified priority. A short-term priority should be
implemented within 12 months and a long-term priority should
be implemented within 36 months. The prioritization could shift
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Based on the funding priorities of Table 1, the Township will be
seeking additional funding from the NJ Department of
Community Affairs as part of the Post Sandy Planning Assistance
Grant Program (PSPAGP) for the following activities eligible for
funding under the program:
 Automating and updating its system for processing
zoning and construction permits;
 Creating a GIS database and low elevation aerial mapping
to support future planning efforts;
 Updating the Master Plan to address post-Sandy strategies
and policies related to hazard mitigation and community
resiliency;
 Zoning amendments to increase the efficiency of permit
review process and expedite recovery; provide resilient
and sustainable design standards;
 Zoning amendments in conjunction with master plan
amendments to address hazard mitigation and floodplain
management;
 Creating and adopting a Floodplain Management Plan as
an element of the Master Plan;
 Exploring opportunities to participate in the Community
Rating System; and
 Preparing a multi-year capital improvement program to
address improvements that will mitigate future damage.
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Table 1: Recommended Actions to Recover from Superstorm Sandy and to Improve Response and Increase Resiliency to
Future Storms
Action
Relation to Superstorm
Sandy’s Impacts
Importance to Promoting Recovery,
Response, and Resiliency
Estimated Length of
Cost
Project/
Priority
Automate and expedite processing
of building and zoning permits.
 Determine needs
 Evaluate software options and
other tools
 Make necessary purchases
Superstorm Sandy placed a
significant burden on
township resources and
personnel.
Increasing the efficiency of permit review and
issuance will increase the efficiency of
recovery, and promote resiliency.
Low
Long-term
(within 36
months)
Develop a GIS database and user
interface to catalog and inventory
all infrastructure owned by the
Township, including roadways,
stormwater collection system, and
sanitary sewer collection system.
The database should also include
essential residential and
commercial property information,
such as zoning and building data,
occupant information, dog and cat
license information, etc.
The emergency response to
Superstorm Sandy identified
the need for mapping of
vulnerable areas and related
infrastructure.
Improve mapping capability by highlighting
at-risk areas that need to be addressed for
better mitigation, preparedness, response and
recovery measures
Medium
Long-term
(within 36
months)
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Action
Relation to Superstorm
Sandy’s Impacts
Importance to Promoting Recovery,
Response, and Resiliency
Compile low-elevation aerials to
produce high-quality aerial
mapping with 6” contour levels
within identified special flood
hazard areas.
The emergency response to
Superstorm Sandy identified
the need for mapping of
vulnerable areas and related
infrastructure.
This mapping would allow the Township the Medium
ability to complement the FEMA flood maps
with the best available topographic
information and to better delineate the FEMA
flood elevations for buildings.
Long-term
(within 36
months)
Update the Master Plan to address
post-Sandy strategies and policies
related to hazard mitigation,
community resiliency, as well as
forecasted sea level rise and its
impacts. This should also
integrate the assessment of
community vulnerabilities
exacerbated by Superstorm Sandy
from this SRPR.
Planning documents should
be more closely aligned with
natural resources and
processes.
Planning can mitigate risks and vulnerabilities,
property may be protected and safety can be
addressed.
Short-term
(within 12
months)
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Estimated Length of
Cost
Project/
Priority
Medium
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Action
Relation to Superstorm
Sandy’s Impacts
Importance to Promoting Recovery,
Response, and Resiliency
Estimated Length of
Cost
Project/
Priority
Prepare amendments to the
township’s zoning ordinance
 Determine needs in
coordination with the
township’s zoning and
construction officials
 Evaluate options
 Prepare revisions
 Adopt and implement
Superstorm Sandy placed a
significant burden on
township resources and
personnel. It also placed a
burden on property owners
seeking to make repairs and
rebuild.
Increasing the efficiency of permit review and
issuance will increase the efficiency of
recovery, and promote resiliency. It will also
provide relief to property owners. Stormresilient design standards will promote
sustainability.
Low
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Adopt a master plan element for
floodplain management, including
a detailed inventory and mapping
of infrastructure damaged during
Superstorm Sandy.
Superstorm Sandy caused
extensive flooding.
Enhanced floodplain management will
promote resiliency to future storms.
Low
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Explore opportunities to
participate in the Community
Rating System.
 Identify funding sources.
 Evaluate benefits.
 File necessary applications.
Superstorm Sandy caused
extensive flooding. The
Community Rating System
promoted floodplain
management.
Enhanced floodplain management will
promote resiliency to future storms. CRS
participation will also increase outreach to
Township residents and will better prepare
them for natural risks.
Low
Long-term
(within 36
months)
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Action
Relation to Superstorm
Sandy’s Impacts
Importance to Promoting Recovery,
Response, and Resiliency
Estimated Length of
Cost
Project/
Priority
Prepare multi-year capital
improvement program, including
a detailed inventory and mapping
of infrastructure damaged during
Superstorm Sandy.
The Township requires
capital improvements as part
of its storm recovery efforts.
This will identify needed municipal
investments in public facilities, fleets, and
equipment to build community resiliency in
plants and equipment.
Low
Long-term
(within 36
months)
Develop evacuation routes and
provide signage and education
 Investigate funding
opportunities
 Develop plans
 Provide signage
 Educate and Implement
More than 4,000 people were
evacuated during Superstorm
Sandy.
Increasing efficiency in evacuation will
increase safety during and in advance of
extreme weather events.
Medium
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Investigate opportunities for full
time staff within local fire and
EMS agencies
 Investigate funding
opportunities.
 Hire staff
Emergency personnel are
currently volunteers. This
limits their commitment in
times of emergency.
Increased emergency coverage will help to
improve safety and efficiency of township
response to emergencies.
High
Short-term
(within 12
months)
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Action
Relation to Superstorm
Sandy’s Impacts
Importance to Promoting Recovery,
Response, and Resiliency
Estimated Length of
Cost
Project/
Priority
Investigate opportunities for
shared services and mutual aid, in
particular with inland
communities that are not as
vulnerable to major storms
 Develop partnerships
 Execute agreements
Superstorm Sandy stressed
the township’s existing
volunteer fire and emergency
medical services.
Increased emergency coverage will help to
improve safety and efficiency of township
response to emergencies.
Low
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Provide natural gas service for
generators, as well as more
generators, at schools
 Investigate feasibility
 Develop plans
 Implement
The Little Egg Harbor
Township Middle School
and High School were used
as emergency shelters.
Though they have
generators, the experience of
Superstorm Sandy
demonstrated that the
generators in schools were
insufficient
Use of natural gas could result in increased
resiliency to storms.
High
Short-term
(within 12
months)
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Action
Relation to Superstorm
Sandy’s Impacts
Importance to Promoting Recovery,
Response, and Resiliency
Estimated Length of
Cost
Project/
Priority
Improve communication
infrastructure for police, fire, and
EMS, Secure existing equipment
 Investigate storm-resistant
communication technologies
(e.g., radio)
 Coordinate stakeholders
 Develop plans
 Implement plans
Superstorm Sandy exposed
vulnerabilities and
inefficiencies in existing
means of communication.
Efficient communication among police, fire,
EMS, and water and electric utility companies
is critical during extreme weather events,
including hurricanes and storms.
Medium
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Improve communication between
emergency management and
water and electric utility
companies.
Superstorm Sandy exposed
vulnerabilities in existing
means of communication
between municipal and
utilities personnel
Coordination between emergency
management and water and electric utility
companies is critical during extreme weather
events, including hurricanes and storms.
Low
Short-term
(within 12
months)
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Action
Relation to Superstorm
Sandy’s Impacts
Importance to Promoting Recovery,
Response, and Resiliency
Estimated Length of
Cost
Project/
Priority
Install a town-wide Supervisory
Control and Data Acquisition
(SCADA) system in conjunction
with the Township’s owned and
operated facilities (including the
Municipal Building, Police
Department, fire houses, etc.) to
communicate critical alarms to a
centralized location or operational
personnel.
Little Egg Harbor Township
faced damages to many of its
services and municipal
facilities.
Use of a SCADA system can provide the
Township with accurate information on water
and wastewater collection, pump control,
pump station performance, as well as provide
alarm notifications of system failure,
emergency levels, and any other events as they
occur. This will help protect the
environmental quality of the Township by
preventing sewer spills into local waterways.
The SCADA also will monitor fire, security,
power failures, and generator operations for
the Township.
High
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Restore Radio Road
 Prepare design plans
 Initiate construction
Radio Road, a County
roadway, acts as a barrier to
flooding.
Community is susceptible to flooding from
coastal storms
High
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Installation of bay-front energy
dissipation structures
 Inventory necessary locations
 Prepare design plans
 Initiate construction
Reduce coastal erosion
Mitigates flood related hazards and reduces
undermining of bulkheads
High
Short-term
(within 12
months)
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Action
Relation to Superstorm
Sandy’s Impacts
Importance to Promoting Recovery,
Response, and Resiliency
Estimated Length of
Cost
Project/
Priority
Install riprap along shoreline
 Inventory needs
 Prepare plans
 Initiate construction
Low-lying areas of the
community are susceptible to
flooding from coastal
storms.
Protects shoreline from erosion
High
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Repair/replenish eroded beach
and dock at Dock
Street/Parkertown Dock
 Survey and Prepare Design
Plans
 Initiate Construction
Superstorm Sandy eroded
beach areas.
Protection of natural resource and public
property
High
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Iowa Court Seawall
Street was partially washed
out by Superstorm Sandy
Protection of property and road.
High
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Bulkhead-various locations
 Prepare inventory
 Prepare Design plans
 Initiate construction
Bulkheads were damaged
and undermined by
Superstorm Sandy.
Protection of municipal roads and property
High
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Continue to participate in the
National Flood Insurance
Program
NFIP is critical for recovery
from hurricane impacts
Rebuilding of damaged structures
Low
Short-term
(within 12
months)
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Action
Relation to Superstorm
Sandy’s Impacts
Importance to Promoting Recovery,
Response, and Resiliency
Estimated Length of
Cost
Project/
Priority
Maintain Local Emergency
Planning Committee
Coordination of police, fire
and first aid was critical to
Sandy response.
Improves emergency response; saves lives and
property.
NA
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Quarterly emergency management
meetings town hall meetings
Improve public information
Improves emergency response; saves lives and
property.
Low
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Reverse 911
Post-storm recovery efforts
had difficulty in reaching
residents
Improves emergency awareness and
evacuation
Low
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Maintain/update Emergency
Operations Plan
Reliable current plan
required for future storm
events.
Protection of life, health, safety and property.
Low
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Complete flood protection project
at East Sail, Boat Dory Drives
Structural Protection from
flooding
Protection of property, safety and health from
flood hazards
High
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Upgrade emergency power supply
at Municipal Building
/Emergency Command Center
Current generator was not
sufficient during last storm
Emergency power is critical for operations
High
Short-term
(within 12
months)
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Action
Relation to Superstorm
Sandy’s Impacts
Supply the Municipal Utilities
Authority with five on-site
generators for back-up power for
wells, pump stations, and the
MUA office. The generators must
be installed above flood hazard
elevation.
Water and sewer service in Emergency power is critical for operations
the Township was disrupted
by the outage of electrical
service and by flooding.
Flood waters shifted the
building enclosure of one
MUA well site.
Medium
Short-term
(within 12
months)
Prepare a Township debris
management plan, to include
providing the Department of
Public Works with an emergency
staging facility and a designated
debris management area
 Investigate funding
 Determine appropriate
locations
 Develop plans
 Implement
Superstorm Sandy required a
significant response by the
Department of Public
Works. A proper staging
facility would result in
increased efficiency of
response.
An efficient response of the Department of
Public Works is critical during times of
emergency and will help to protect lives and
property.
High
Long-term
(within 36
months)
Inlet-sand moving, dredging
Siltation of inlets occurred
during Sandy.
Mitigate flooding hazards
High
Long-term
(within 36
months)
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Importance to Promoting Recovery,
Response, and Resiliency
Estimated Length of
Cost
Project/
Priority
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Action
Relation to Superstorm
Sandy’s Impacts
Importance to Promoting Recovery,
Response, and Resiliency
Estimated Length of
Cost
Project/
Priority
Lagoon dredging of all lagoons in
Mystic Island and Osborne Island
areas.
 Survey areas
 Sampling and testing
 Permitting
 Dewatering and disposal
area feasibility study
 Design
To remove siltation of
lagoons by storm surge.
Mitigate flooding hazards
High*
Long-term
(within 36
months)
Perform video inspection and
sewer cleaning of sanitary sewer
lines in the Mystic Island area and
other flood inundated sections of
the Township to determine where
repairs or replacements are
needed.
Water and sewer service in
Protection of property, safety and health from
the Township was disrupted flood hazards
by the outage of electrical
service and by flooding. High
flood levels lead to floatable
objects entering the sewer
lines and causing some backups.
Medium
Long-term
(within 36
months)
*Engineering estimates for this project range from $500,000 to $700,000.
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