Governor Christie Signs New Law To Extend Effective Period for Existing Sewer Service Area

February 27th, 2012 | Posted by: Christopher DeGrezia 0| comments:

34By Andy Norin, Esq. and Scott Hovanyetz, Esq.

On January 17, 2012, Governor Christie signed into law Senate Bill No. 3156 (S3156), which extends the effective period of existing sewer service areas.  This should provide some relief to developers concerned about the possible withdrawal of sewer service areas in places where wastewater management planning agencies have failed to comply with the deadline to submit wastewater management plans (WMPs) to the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  The bill also allows for site specific amendments and revisions to WMPs and Water Quality Management Plans pending DEP approval of new WMPs.

BACKGROUND

Wastewater Management Plans govern where new sanitary sewer lines can be built.  For a sewer line to be extended to a particular property, the property must be included within the sewer service area in the WMP.  Properties that fall outside the sewer service area can only be served by septic systems.  » Read the rest of this entry «

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