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Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund Program
Great Blue Heron, Barnegat Bay

Nomination Process

Direct County Acquisition of Natural Land Parcels
  • Parcel nominations submitted to Natural Lands Trust Fund (NLTF) Committee are reviewed by staff for eligibility.
  • The NLTF Committee reviews preliminary ranking on nominations and is informed of any special circumstances surrounding any of the parcels.
  • The Committee establishes a working list of priority nominations. The staff will obtain additional information on the priority nominations, including municipal approvals, environmental audits and appraisal reports. In most cases, two professional appraisal reports will be obtained to determine the market value of the parcel. Administrative costs will be absorbed through the Natural Lands Trust Fund.
  • The Committee will conduct a final review of nominations. Taken into account are the preliminary rankings, appraised values and any cost sharing, restoration and/or property management issues.
  • If a tentative agreement is reached on an acquisition price, the Committee will make an approval recommendation to the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
  • The Freeholders will hold a public hearing prior to acting on the recommendation.
  • If approved, a property survey and all required closing documents will be prepared and the parcel will be acquired.
Cost Share Nominations
Proposals for providing NLTF cost share funds for acquisition by another organization will be reviewed on a case by case basis, and will only be pursued for parcels eligible under the NLTF program.
Farmland Preservation Nominations
For more information:

Mark Villinger, Principal Planner

Ocean County Department of Planning
129 Hooper Ave.
PO Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754-2191
(732) 929-2054
(732) 244-8396 FAX

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March 5, 2018

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