Governor Signs Automatic Variance Bill For Sandy Rebuilding

Governor Chris Christie has signed the so-called “Automatic Variance” law to make it easier to raise buildings to the new FEMA base elevations.  The law applies to the rebuilding of a structure destroyed or damaged by Superstorm Sandy, as well as to existing structures that survived Sandy.  Effective immediately a structure of the same vertical […]

FEMA Releases New Base Flood Elevation Maps

On June 17, 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) released new base flood elevation maps (“BFEs”) – providing much-needed guidance to homeowners still debating how to address flood-related damage suffered during Superstorm Sandy.  The new BFEs substantially revise the advisory base flood elevation maps (“ABFEs”) released by FEMA in December 2012.  Most importantly, the […]

FEMA Announces Release Dates For Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM’s)

In a recent regulatory update, FEMA has announced its projected release dates for its Digital Flood Insurance Rates Maps (DFIRM’s), with the schedule being broken down by county. Below are the release dates for each county: Atlantic County: September 30, 2013 Bergen County: September 30, 2013 Cape May County: October 31, 2013 Essex County: August […]

FEMA Maps Rollout Delayed: Release Scheduled For End Of June 2013

FEMA working maps were supposed to be rolled out by the end of May.  These maps precede the formal draft flood elevation maps, which initiate a formal comment period to FEMA.  Instead, we are advised that these maps will roll out at the end of June.  Once these working maps are released, they will be […]

Super Storm Sandy Environmental Law Update

The impact of Super Storm Sandy will be felt for many years.  The New Jersey State Legislature appears eager to share the stage of leadership with Governor Christie by enacting new laws to assist in recovery efforts but also to plan for the future. NJ DEP adopted emergency regulations to facilitate shore rebuilding as previously […]

NJDEP Has Issued Proposed Amendments To The Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules

On February 19, 2013, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection published in the New Jersey Register the emergency adoption (effective January 24, 2013) and concurrent proposal of amendments to the Flood Hazard Area Control Act rules, N.J.A.C. 7:13.  http://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/notices/20130219a.html  The emergency adoption and proposed rules concern the construction and reconstruction of buildings in flood […]

Governor Adopts FEMA Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps as a DEP Standard

On January 24, 2013, Governor Christie announced that the State is adopting the recently released FEMA Advisory Base Flood Elevation maps as a DEP Standard.  The Governor did this by emergency rule effective immediately.  FEMA expects to proceed with adopting these advisory maps as final maps; however, this process will take 18 to 24 months.  […]

FEMA To Release New Advisory Base Flow Elevations Maps

This week and next the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) is going release Advisory Base Flow Elevations on maps which will determine the required elevation of structures in connection with the Federal Flood Insurance Program and will also be used by NJDEP in certain areas.  Some of these new maps will be released this week […]