|Atlantic County Government
DEPARTMENT OF REGIONAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Joseph M. Maher, Department Head
Fire & Mill Road Intersection Project
Wetland Mitigation Bank
There are four major units within the Department of Regional Planning and Development. They are:
Each of these units serves a unique purpose with the overall goal of ensuring that Atlantic County continues to grow in an orderly and planned way while maintaining the County's unique quality of life. The Office of Policy, Planning and Development (OPPD) serves to coordinate the various functions of the Department and in large part develops the overall agenda in terms of short- and long-range planning for infrastructure, open space and land development within the County.
Infrastructure planning ensures that the County's physical infrastructure
such as our roads, intersections, and bridges are maintained and enhanced
as the population of Atlantic County continues to grow. While the OPPD
works closely with the Division
of Engineering in the design, construction, and inspection
of these capital improvements, it also works in conjunction with the South
Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO) - the Metropolitan
Planning Organization (MPO) for the South Jersey region. This agency is
The Office of Land Acquisition implements the recommendations of the Atlantic County Open Space and Recreation Plan, October 2000. The Office ensures that sufficient Open Space is set aside for Atlantic County residents to enjoy. Through the establishment of the County/Municipal Open Space Partnership Program, County Government has enabled the County's 23 municipalities to choose the Open Space projects of their choice and to fund those projects utilizing a portion of the Open Space Trust funds. The County also pursues lands for acquisition through the traditional means of identifying and purchasing lands utilizing funds from the County's Open Space Trust. CLICK HERE to Print an application for the Open Space Preservation Trust Fund! (This document is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and requires the Acrobat Reader. For a FREE copy of the Acrobat Reader CLICK HERE).
2010 census & ACS Data
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The OPPD also manages projects such as the Strategic Growth Initiative, the Great Egg Harbor Watershed planning effort, and responsibilities include the update of the Atlantic County Master Plan and Atlantic County Open Space and Recreation Plan, October 2000, and the Atlantic County Land Development Standards adopted in June, 2002. These initiatives are implemented with the goal of predicting and identifying future growth issues in order to plan and implement actions commensurate with those issues. Many of these initiatives are referred to as Growth Management. The OPPD administers the review and approval of subdivisions and site plans proposed within Atlantic County. The Atlantic County Land Development Standards adopted in June 2002 provide procedures and standards for review of land development by Atlantic County.
Office of Geographic Information Systems Applications - The Department of Planning, in cooperation with the Atlantic County Division of Public Health, has been operating Geographic Information System (GIS) since 1991. The Atlantic County Office of GIS (ACOGIS) is responsible for promoting, assisting and coordinating the development of GIS technologies in Atlantic County. ACOGIS staff has utilized GIS in a variety of applications, including environmental and health issues, land use planning, emergency preparedness, district mapping, transportation maintenance and census data. The Atlantic County Office of GIS is one of four counties in the State of New Jersey, to participate in a pilot program with the New Jersey Office of Information Technology (NJOIT). The program will create Internet mapping applications for the county and its municipalities.
Quite often the ACOGIS contributes presentations at the Atlantic County Planning Summit, held yearly, as well as attending other conferences throughout the Mid Atlantic Region with state of the art displays.
For more information regarding Geographic Information Systems please visit the Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey or the State Office of GIS, New Jersey.