E2PM was retained by a private homeowner to provide multi-discipline services for the construction of a new home within their property. The homeowner wanted to raise the existing on-site dwelling and various driveway areas to construct a new single-family residential structure with a new thirteen-foot-wide residential gravel access driveway. 

This project was located within the vicinity of freshwater wetlands and India Brook requiring additional permitting with the NJDEP prior to construction. Throughout the course of the project, E2PM professionals provided the following tasks:

  • Coordinated with surveyors to complete boundary and topographical field surveys of existing physical features and obtain topographic data in the area of the proposed improvements.
  •  Delineated the extent of all freshwater wetlands and open waters located on / adjacent to the property in accordance with the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act Rules (NJAC 7:7A).
  •  Delineated the top of bank associated with nearby India Brook in accordance with the Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules (NJAC 7:13).
  • Delineated the limits of the Flood Hazard Area Design Flood Elevation (FHADFE) by Calculation – Method 6 / FHA Verification Application.
  • Created a Constraints Map by plotting the regulated areas referenced above on the Boundary and Topographic Survey and then adding the limits of the 150-foot-wide wetland transition area and 300-foot riparian zone. Used this Constraints Map as the base for the Site and NJDEP Permit Plan sets.
  • Prepared lot grading plans to include preliminary grading plan design, stormwater management (dry well) design and soil erosion and sediment control plan. E2PM coordinated the draft and final submittals of application to the Township.
  • Designed a septic disposal system which included environmental professionals performing onsite soils testing to evaluate site suitability for the installation of a new septic disposal system. Utilizing data from the soil investigation and survey information, E2PM prepared preliminary and final site plans for review with the Client.
  • Obtained Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan certification from the Morris County Soil Conservation District.
  • Given that both the wetlands transition area and riparian buffer extended across the subject property, coordination and applications with NJDEP under the Freshwater Wetland Protection Act Rules and Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules were required for purpose of obtaining NJDEP approval for work located with these on-site regulated areas. As such and as required, E2PM prepared a Freshwater Wetlands Statewide General Permit No. 10A for very minor road crossings, a Transition Area Waiver Special Activity for Redevelopment, and a Transition Area Waiver – Reduction per NJAC 7:7A-8.1(d). As part of that Reduction, NJDEP required that a 25-foot-wide area located immediately adjacent to the India Brook characterized by non-native invasive vegetation and maintained lawn be restored to a naturally vegetated area that would provide ecological uplift to the Brook corridor.
  • E2PM prepared a Restoration Plan that detailed the removal of all non-native and invasive species and creation of a forested vegetation community comprised of native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous species that was approved by NJDEP as part of the overall approval process.