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Municipal & Planning Board Engineer / Planner

Mott Associates has served as the Municipal Engineer for the Township of Egg Harbor since 1996. Egg Harbor Township is located in southcentral Atlantic County. Egg Harbor Township is approximately sixty-seven square miles and had an estimated population of 30,125 persons in 2000. The township experienced an 87% increase in population between 1980 and 2000. There were an estimated 12,296 housing units in the Township in 2000. This represents an increase of approximately 28% from 1990. All development in the Township is subject to the jurisdiction of the Pinelands Commission or the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) through the Coastal Areas Facilities Review Act (CAFRA) regulations.

General municipal engineering responsibilities have included the review of all applications for street vacations and road openings, maintenance of the Township's tax assessment maps, preparation of grant applications to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), NJDEP, Atlantic County Improvement Authority and other governmental agencies, and attendance at all governing body meetings.

Mott Associates has been responsible for the oversight / construction management of approximately ten millions dollars per year of residential subdivision and commercial site plan improvements. These improvements have included roads, sanitary sewer, storm water management facilities, concrete curb and sidewalk, landscaping, parking lots, and various other improvements.

Specific projects include the following:

Municipal Road Programs: The firm was responsible for the design / construction management of approximately one million dollars per year in municipal roadway reconstruction. Responsibilities included decisions regarding design of reconstruction / overlay, topographic surveying of all roadways, preparation of design plans and specifications in accordance with NJDOT and other applicable regulations, advertisement and receipt of bids, recommendations for awarding contracts, and complete construction management including daily oversight, measurement of all field quantities, preparation of all change orders and payment estimates, and recommendations for project acceptance.

Municipal Park Projects: The firm was responsible for the design / construction management of various park projects including the construction of new athletic fields, parking lots, stormwater improvements, lighting / landscaping and appurtenant improvements. Work has included parking lots, stormwater management systems, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) pathways; the design / construction of baseball / softball, soccer and multi-purpose fields; and the design / construction of walking / jogging paths throughout the parks.

Stormwater Master Plans: The firm was responsible for the planning / design / construction of several municipal stormwater master plans for storm water management in existing developed neighborhoods. Responsibilities included calculations of runoff for various storm events, design of aboveground / underground storage systems, permitting with the Pinelands Commission / NJDEP and complete management throughout the construction process.

Building Rehabilitation / Upgrades: The firm was responsible for the complete rehabilitation of a 5,000 square feet recreational building including structural, electrical, plumbing, roofing and exterior cosmetic improvements; the design of a new flat roofing system for the existing municipal building; the design of a new stage / amphitheater structure for outdoor concerts and events; and the design / construction of a new heating system for an existing Township school.

Designation of a Portion of EHT as a "Special Area" by the N.J. Department of Community Affairs (DCA): The firm was responsible for the designation of a Special Area standard for an innovative method of stormwater management as contemplated by the Residential Site Improvement Standards. The firm prepared the necessary study for submission to DCA and provided expert testimony for the Special Area standard to the DCA.

Public Works Composting Plan: The firm prepared a site plan for the expansion of the Township Public Works yard to allow for leaf / grass composting. The firm assisted with the application / approval process that allows the Township to process approximately 14,000 tons per year of composted material.

Floodplain Mitigation Planning: The firm has prepared a Flood Management Plan, approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which outlines the potential flooding hazards of the Township and preventive measures to protect persons and minimize property damage. This approved Plan makes both the Township and its residents eligible for future funding to execute the preventive measures. The firm has obtained Army CORPS and CAFRA approval to reconstruct the stormsewer piping in West Atlantic City along with creating sand dunes to prevent flooding of Lakes Bay.

Various Topographic / Property Surveys: The firm has prepared topographic and property surveys for various municipally-owned properties. Tasks have included field surveying, deed research, digital survey plat preparation, setting monuments, and preparation of meets and bounds descriptions.

Municipal Master Plans & Elements: The firm has completed a new municipal master plan along with a new land use element, recreation / open space element, conservation element, and utility element. Duties involved review / recommendations regarding municipal zoning; work with the Pinelands Commission and Comprehensive Management Plan for certification of the Township; extensive Regional Growth Area work with the Office of State Planning, State Planning Commission and CAFRA with regard to center designations and state planning areas; and updates to the Township's zoning ordinance and design and performance standards.

Master Plan Re-examination Report: The firm completed a re-examination of the municipal master plan in 2000. Duties included a review of the 1994 Re-Examination Report, updates to demographic population and labor statistics, and recommendations regarding the need for an entirely new master plan and zoning ordinances.

Miscellaneous: The firm has been responsible for various consulting planning services for the Township including work on the housing element / fair share plan and interaction with the Council of Affordable Housing (COAH) through the mediation process; drafting of various zoning and land use development ordinances for review by the Pinelands Commission and the Township; preparation of the Township's land clearing standards; justification for a 10% density reduction in compliance with Pinelands Commission regulations; and master plan amendments. Other projects include the introduction of age-restricted housing as a permitted conditional use throughout the Regional Growth Area, the elimination of multi-family housing as a permitted use in various zones, along with numerous other related planning services.

Mott Associates has also served as the Engineer / Planner for the Planning Board. The firm has been responsible for the technical review of numerous site plans, major subdivisions, and development for several Planned Unit Residential Developments (PURDs).