Current Status of Smart Growth Planning Grant
Cape May, N.J. - Cape May City Environmental Commission was awarded, in June 2006, a Smart Growth Planning grant by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions [“ANJEC”], a private, non-profit educational organization dedicated to natural resource protection. This grant is being used to update the Environmental Resource Inventory for Cape May City, which will serve as an ancillary resource for the City’s Master Plan.
The Environmental Resource Inventory will consist of several sections, including maps of natural and man-made resources, such as water resources, soil types and topography. Lists generated will also include “open space” inventory; threatened or endangered wildlife and plants; storm water regulations; weather and annual rainfall; and initiatives for solar power.
At the Environmental Commission meeting of March 21, 2007, discussion was held regarding compilation of a narrative section of the Environmental Resource Inventory, to condense past reviews of such topics as Open Space, Water Resources and air pollution. Additional discussion was devoted to measures that our citizenry can make to help reduce harmful air pollution from privately-owned vehicles, such as consolidation of errands, carpooling, walking or bicycling, and using public transportation. A brochure with a cycling and walking map titled “Natural Areas of the Southern Cape” is available at City Hall, and shows interesting destinations to visit.
Residents of Cape May City are welcome to attend monthly meetings of the Environmental Commission, to provide comments and suggestions; formal public input will be held before project completion, at a date to be announced. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. at Cape May City Hall. Progress reports will be updated, monthly, until the project is completed.
Dr. Gerald Friedman, 609-884-5008