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Green Infrastructure Plan
Study Description

The Passaic County Green Infrastructure Study will have an impact to the region by providing the analysis needed to implement green infrastructure and low impact design improvements through all County processes and a resource to local municipalities. 

The goals of the study relate to the NJTPA Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) in that reducing and/or mitigating the impacts of stormwater events would help maintain a safe and reliable transportation system that is often inundated by routine storm events along with major events such as Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. 

The plan will also work towards coordinating transportation and land use systems through the County’s capital improvements and development review process.  The study will also addresses the goals of MAP-21 and the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) in that it will improve system reliability that is impacted by storm events, directly improve environmental sustainability through storm water quality and quantity improvements, and add resiliency that will promote more investment throughout the County.

Goals and Objectives

The objective of the Passaic County Green Infrastructure Plan is to provide the tools necessary to design, budget and implement green infrastructure improvements through the County’s development review process, capital improvement projects, and as a resource to municipalities. 

One goal will be to develop several best management practices and green infrastructure engineering details that can be used as the County updates the site plan and subdivision standards ultimately adopted by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The standards will require applicants to select design recommendations or best management techniques in meeting the goal of creating more resilient communities and to document these outcomes.  The Green Streets element of the study will outline several typical cross-sections and details that can be implemented along County and municipal roadways as part of capital improvement projects. 

The Green Streets guidance will focus on communities impacted by repetitive flooding; watershed areas that prioritize water quality and recharge, as well as combined sewer overflow areas.  Lastly, the study will provide guidance and research that will aid in cost benefit analysis needed when designing any green infrastructure project including the design, construction and maintenance of projects.  The guidance should also include model documents that can be shared with municipal partners.

Interagency Team (IT)

The Interagency Team meetings will serve as a more technical resource to the project team, providing necessary background documentation, insights about on the ground conditions, and feedback on the localized implications and ramifications of draft recommendations. The interagency Team will include County and municipal staff, as well as key State agency representatives.

The first Interagency Team meeting is scheduled for March 6, 2017 from 9:30AM – 11:30AM at the Passaic County Offices in Totowa (930 Riverview Drive, Suite 200, Totowa, NJ), and will serve as a “kickoff” to the project.

RSVP to the IT

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

The TAC will serve as the advisory body that will inform, provide guidance, and collaborate with the project team as they move through the planning process. The TAC will include appropriate County staff, public officials, and community leaders to participate in the TAC. Ideally, the TAC will include key members of Limited English Proficiency/Environmental Justice (LEP/EJ) communities to assist with outreach to these populations.

The first TAC meeting is scheduled for March 6, 2017 from 1:30 – 3:30PM at the Passaic County Offices in Totowa (930 Riverview Drive, Suite 200, Totowa, NJ), and will serve as a “kickoff” to the project

RSVP to the TAC