News & Announcements Blog

This blog is about NJAFM News and Announcements. Posts can only be made by NJAFM Administrators, however comments to the posts can be made by all registered members. If you have an announcement that you would like posted to this blog, send the request to This blog is viewable by the public.

  • Tuesday, July 02, 2013 4:16 PM | Richard Franks

    The NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance wants to hear from coastal community leaders about their most pressing coastal hazards and climate-related concerns and needs. 

    Please join one of three sessions (hosted from 10am - 12:30pm) to have your voice heard and to network with other coastal community leaders:

  • Monday, July 01, 2013 8:59 AM | Richard Franks
    NJAFM is working with ASFPM in calling for Governor Christie to veto S2860, which was passed by the Assembly on June 24th, 2013.  The position of NJAFM is that the bill is inconsistent with building codes and the National Flood Insurance Program, and that there will be increased risks to public safety, infrastructure, and safety of first responders as a result.  The formal letters sent to Governor Christie from NJAFM and ASFPM requesting his veto can be accessed via the links below:

  • Thursday, June 27, 2013 8:56 AM | Richard Franks
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013 2:44 PM | Richard Franks
    In June 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the 2013 Specific Rate Guidelines to participating Write Your Own (WYO) insurance companies and other insurance partners to explain the National Flood Insurance Program premium rate changes that will take effect October 1, 2013. As part of these annual rate changes, this year FEMA will be implementing provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12).

    For a fact sheet summarizing key points of the updated Specific Rate Guidelines under the Biggert-Waters Act, please click on the link below:

  • Friday, May 31, 2013 9:32 AM | Richard Franks

    A day of learning and sharing facts challenges and opportunities on water quality in the Raritan River Basin for the benefit of our communities, our businesses and our environment.  Then sail on New Jersey’s Tall Ship, the A.J. Meerwald, take a tour of historic Perth Amboy, or bike from New Brunswick to Perth Amboy on the Middlesex Greenway.

    The Conference brings together municipal officials, business leaders, county administrators, non-profit organization leaders, state and federal government officials, environmental commissions, and others from across the watershed. 

    CEUs available for:  planners, engineers, floodplain managers, public works directors and landscape architects.

    Please click below for more details and to register:

    5th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference

  • Friday, May 03, 2013 8:34 AM | Richard Franks

    PlanSmart NJ hosted a daylong Summit on Hurricane Sandy recovery and resiliency on April 30th, a day after the State of New Jersey and the federal government announced the adoption of the Hurricane Sandy NJ CDBG Action Plan governing $1.8 billion in federal disaster recovery spending.  Over 200 land use planners, engineers, attorneys, local officials, academic and non-profit leaders attended PlanSmart NJ's 2nd Annual Regional Planning Summit: Investing for the New Normal at the War Memorial in Trenton. The day-long event featured panel discussions on community rebuilding and infrastructure investment.


    NJAFM was represented by Legislative Committee Chair John Miller, who acted as moderator for the afternoon breakout session.


    For the full press release, please click on the link below:


    PlanSmart NJ Summit on Hurricane Sandy Resiliency

  • Wednesday, May 01, 2013 8:18 PM | Richard Franks

    On April 23, 2013 NJAFM filed an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) brief in relation to the Harvey Cedars v. Karan court case, in which a couple owning an oceanfront property denied an easement for an engineered dune.  After Harvey Cedars obtained the easement through Eminent Domain, the couple sued the town for $500,000 to cover loss of use and ocean views, and were awarded $375,000 by the jury.  The case was appealed to the appellate court, which upheld the original decision, so the next appeal will by heard by the NJ Supreme Court.  The NJAFM position is that we disagree that the property owners received no special benefit rather than just the community’s general benefit from the dune.  If the appeal fails a precedent would be set whereby all similarly affected property owners would expect comparable compensation, thereby jeopardizing the viability of future dune projects (and other flood/storm damage reduction projects). 

    Copies of the key documents can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

    Amicus Brief

    Amicus Motion

  • Monday, April 22, 2013 5:43 PM | Richard Franks

    Pam Yost, NRCS Economist from West Virginia will present the results of a successful voluntary buyout project in which 100 buildings have been purchased and removed to restore the natural floodplain.

    For more details including how to register for the webinar, please click on the link below:

  • Friday, April 19, 2013 4:20 PM | Richard Franks

    May 15, 2013

    Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

    The Gulf coast has been on the front lines for years thinking about preparedness, rebuilding, and recovery. Their lessons learned can be invaluable to lawmakers in New Jersey facing the same challenges. This workshop will be an opportunity to share lessons learned and have a dialogue with people who have lived through htese challenges and work with communities to be resilient for the future.

    Please click on the links below for the agenda and registration details:

  • Thursday, April 11, 2013 5:07 PM | Richard Franks

    New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance (based at Rutgers) will be holding a conference on May 22, 2013:

    Climate Change Preparedness in New Jersey: Leading Practices & Policy Priorities.

    More information and registration information is available here:

    The purpose of this conference is to highlight climate preparedness and resilience activities underway in New Jersey,as well as leading practices throughout the United States, in order to enhance climate change adaptation capacity in New Jersey.

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