Monday night’s town hall meeting, wasn’t necessarily a “town hall meeting” like past meetings have been conducted. Steve Nelson from NJ Future presented a summary of the SRPR (Strategic Recovery Planning Report). – If you hear people speak about the SRPR you now know what it stands for.
The SRPR was worked on by Steve Nelson (who also handles the SRPR in Sea Bright as well as Highlands) and a Steering Committee in Highlands made up of Art Gallagher, Larry Colby, Mayor Nolan, Tim Hill and Kevin Redmond. I don’t know how they were chosen to make up the steering committee, I would personally put someone else on just to have a different perspective, but that’s just me.)
The council is going to go through the report in its entirety and then vote on adopting the report as a road map to move the town forward (R-14-199) in Wednesday’s Night Council Meeting.
Chapter 1 of the report – goes over the demographics of Highlands (Although admittedly they used pre-sandy demographics).
Chapter 2 of the report – goes over the impact assessment of what Sandy did to Highlands.
Chapter 3 of the report – goes over future risk assessment
- Future Hazards
- Potential Impacts/exposure of Sea Level Rising
- Cohesion of the community
- Governmental Services
Chapter 4 of the report covers Getting Resilient
- Communication and outreach
In this chapter they looked at the current Master plan, current zoning, the Planning Documents from Rutgers studio and the recommended FEMA plan
Chapter 5 Assessment of Existing Planning and Zoning Documents (such as)
- Clam Plant Zoning
- Bayshore Region Strategic Plan (from before Sandy)
- Masterplan from 2004 and the re-examination of MP in 2008
- Monmouth County Haz Mitigation plan (2009)
- Current Zoning Ordinance for Highlands Recovery Strategy
Chapter 6 Recommendations (not in order of priority)
- Storm water piping from Rt 36
- Property maintenance and code compliance
- Steep Slope mitigation
- Municipal Facilities Plan (i.e. where to put Town Hall/PD)
- Obtain NFIP compliance & apply for CRS certification
- Sewer upgrades (I&I)
- Pump Station Repairs, install “new” catch basins, pipes etc
- Economic viability of Clamming Study
- Determine the need of redevelopment and where it should be
- Update Boro Haz Mitigation Plan
- Update municipal codes, plans and strategies to handle future flooding risks, hazards and vulnerabilities
- Update the latest version of the FEMA’s flood maps using “best available flood hazard data or most stringent version”
Chapter 7 includes the Who, What, When and dollar amount to achieve the recommendations.
To view presentation from town hall CLICK HERE
To view NJ Future’s Report CLICK HERE