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Conceptual Plan

The Conceptual Plan was coordinated by the Planning Department and authored by prime consultants Strauss & Associates/Planners with support from subconsultants Melillo & Bauer Associates/Landscape Architects.

In 2008, The Plan was awarded a Merit Award for Land Planning and Analysis by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Conceptual Plan
Download entire plan | PDF (28MB)
Plan Maps | PDF (8MB)
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Project Handout | PDF
Overview Map | PDF


The entire Barnegat Branch Trail Conceptual Plan is available by chapter for downloading below:
    1. Executive Summary and Introduction | PDF (2 MB)
      • Introduction to the Project
      • Project Goal Statement
      • History of the CNJ Barnegat Branch Line
    2. Existing Right-of-Way Conditions | PDF (7 MB)
      • Location and Description of the Trail Corridor
      • Regional Open Space and Recreation Resources
      • Future Trail Connections
      • Environmental Issues
      • Site Analysis Matrix: Existing Conditions and Opportunities
    3. Trail Benefits | PDF (25 KB)
      • Recreation
      • Alternative Non-motorized Transportation
      • Environmental Conservation
    4. Design Guidelines | PDF (13 MB)
      • Use of Historic Railroad Vernacular
      • Classifications of the Trail Corridor
      • General Design Considerations
    5. Trail Management | PDF (26 KB)
      • Maintenance
      • Programming and Services
      • Security


Appendices: (6,325 KB)

    A. Special Routing Studies | PDF (6 MB)

      • Barnegat Boulevard (Barnegat Twp.)
      • Waretown Village (Ocean Twp.)
      • Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station Bypass (Ocean-Lacey Twp.)
      • Lacey Business Park (Lacey Twp.)
      • Lacey Road (Lacey Twp.)
      • Proposed Railroad Avenue (Lacey Twp.)
      • Hickory Lane (Berkeley Twp.)

    B. Cost Estimate for Trail Construction | PDF (673 KB)

    C. Field Inventory of Trail Structures/Existing Conditions | PDF (41 KB)
    (Source: Schoor dePalma Technical Memo, 2003)

    D. Rail-Trail Parks in New Jersey: A Summary | PDF (89 KB)
    (Source: C. Della Penna, 1999)

    E. Acknowledgements / Bibliography | PDF (42 KB)

9. Trail Route Maps | PDF (8 MB)

Mark A. C. Villinger, Principal Planner

Ocean County Department of Planning
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June 17, 2011