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NEW JERSEY Spatial Non-spatial None
GIS Data Portals x    
Reference and Supporting Data  
Cadastral Reference Grid     x
Shorelines x    
Coastal Imagery x    
Bathymetry     x
Marine Jurisdictional Boundaries x    
Submerged Lands Boundaries x    
Ownership  
    Submerged Lands Parcels     x
    General Property and Parcel Data   x  
    Public and Conservation Lands x    
Leases and Other Use Authorizations  
    Aquaculture and Shellfish     x
    Other Use Authorizations     x
Marine Managed Areas      
Local Parcel Information 14 coastal counties
    Deed Records   8 6
    Assessment Data   14 0
    Parcels 6   8

Why is marine cadastral data important for conservation and marine spatial planning?

Marine Cadastral Data Management

The Nature Conservancy’s 2010 Nationwide Comparative Assessment of State-level Marine Cadastral Data in New Jersey included a review of relevant Internet sites and an interview with Coastal Management Office in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection about their marine data needs and marine cadastral data management.1

State Data Management: The New Jersey Office of GIS serves as the state coordinating body for GIS. They provide mapping services and work cooperatively with state agencies in support of state mapping applications and data development. New Jersey provides public access to an extensive list of state and local government spatial data through online mapping and data catalogs for download. The New Jersey Geographic Information Network (NJGIN) serves as the primary portal for public access to geospatial data.

The New Jersey Coastal Management Program is within the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and their data is hosted by DEP’s Bureau of GIS’s online mapping services through NJDEP. The site supports data downloads from its catalog. The Coastal Zone Office site provides links to much data of interest for marine protected areas. DEP has two online mapping applications: iMap was launched in 2008 and functions as a public GIS web application to allow users to “see” what is in their backyard; and NJ-GeoWeb, which was updated in 2010, includes a Tidelands View as well as the ability to download data.

Marine Cadastre and Supporting Data

Cadastral Reference System: The Minerals Management Service (MMS)2 extended the OCS grid into coastal waters for New Jersey. The grid covers the area from the 3 nautical mile State Lands Act Boundary to the Mean High Water line (MHW). The grid was registered to the NJ boundaries data including MHW. Although the grid is not yet being used, its potential was seen in two areas: 1) it would provide a consistent frame of reference across state and federal boundaries in the same way that the Public Land Survey System does; and 2) it would provide geo-referencing for the “floating” polygons that exists in coastal waters.

Supporting Reference Data

Shorelines and Bathymetry: Shorelines and bathymetry can be viewed from web mapping applications and are available for download from NJDEP.

Coastal Imagery: The New Jersey Geographic Information Network (NJGIN) includes map services and an extensive list of ortho-imagery available for download. .

Marine Jurisdictional and Submerged Lands Boundary: The state and county boundary is inclusive of the Submerged Land Act Boundary. Shoreline data goes to the MHW. Both data sources are available from NJGIN. The submerged lands boundaries are generally defined by the OCS grid (see Cadastral Reference) but it is not available online. It will be necessary to contact the Coastal Management Office to acquire this data.

Ownership, Leases and Other Authorizations: The state assumes ownership below the MHW. No data sources for leasing information were identified. Currently (2011) there is a project underway to collect information on tideland claims and historic submerged grants.

Marine Managed Areas: DEP is responsible for the marine managed areas. The DEP iMap site provides online mapping and data download for these areas.

Local Parcel Information: The NJGIN Explorer provides a catalog and links to local government parcel data. Access to the data is dependent upon the county. This list should be current. Parcel data is also included in NJDEP NJ-GeoWeb. Information includes lot and block as well as parcel id which can be used to acquire more detailed information about the properties from the local governments.

GIS Portals

  • i-Map NJ DEP (web page). A DEP environmental mapping tool that allows users to view and query the NJDEP's Geographic Information System (GIS) data. Some of the layers included on the site are open spaces, various regulatory boundaries, sensitive lands and watersheds.
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Geographic Information Systems (web page). DEP’s GIS web site provides access to a variety of spatial data managed by DEP. The site includes an online mapping tool dedicated to tidelands (web site).
  • New Jersey Geographic Information Network (NJGIN) (web site). The NJGIN site serves as the NJ Spatial Data Portal providing map services and catalogs of the state’s geospatial data.
  • New Jersey Office of Geographic Information Systems (web page)

Reference and Supporting Data

Cadastral Reference Grid

None used.

Shorelines

Data Coastline of New Jersey
Access Download shapefile (web site)
Detail This data set is a spatial representation of the Coastline of New Jersey. Relevant coastline data was extracted from NJDEP's Rivers, Bays and Oceans (NJAREA) data layer
Distributor New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Data Shoreline type and structure
Access Download shapefile (web site)
Detail More of a characterization of the shoreline area than a delineated shoreline.
Distributor New Jersey office of GIS

Coastal Imagery

Data DOQQ 2007
Access Data request site (web site)
Detail Imagery is available MrSID format or GeoTIFF for download Statewide coverage requires an external hard drive to be dropped off.
Distributor New Jersey office of GIS

Bathymetry

No state level data found.

Marine Jurisdictional Boundaries

Data Jurisdictional and Administrative Areas
Access Data request site (web site)
Detail Municipal and County boundaries are available for download
Distributor New Jersey office of GIS

The term submerged lands is used here to refer to tidal waters lying between the high water mark and the seaward extent of the state’s jurisdictional limit, which for most states is three nautical miles (i.e., the Submerged Lands Act Boundary). See the Submerged Lands definitions page for specific terminology used in each state.

Submerged Lands Boundaries

Data NJDEP Tidelands.
Access Download ESRI shapefiles. (web page)
Detail Polygons show areas on either side of the tidelands claims line—the upland boundary of areas now or formerly flowed at or below mean high tide. Official survey maps have been combined to create 6 regional shapefiles. 1971-1991.
Distributor New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Data Riparian Tidelands Grid for the Atlantic Coast of New Jersey.
Access Download ESRI shapefile. (web page)
Detail Grid includes fields for status of conveyance overlays and status of tidelands claim. 1988.
Distributor New Jersey Department of Environment.

Ownership

Submerged Lands Parcels

No separate data found.

General Property and Parcel Data

Data Record Search.
Access Search online non-spatial database. (web page)
Detail Real property assessment records, including owner.
Distributor New Jersey Association of County Tax Boards.
Data NJ Parcel Map.
Access Search online database and interactive maps. Commercial subscription service. (web page)
Detail Parcels and real property assessment records.
Distributor CRT Support Corp.

Public and Conservation Lands

Data State Owned, Protected Open Space and Recreation Areas.
Access Download ESRI shapefile (web page) or view online in I-Map NJ DEP (web page)
Detail Lands owned in fee simple by the NJDEP. Includes properties along the coast. Varying sources and accuracy. 2004.
Distributor New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Leases and Other Use Authorizations

Aquaculture and Shellfish

No data found online.

Other Use Authorizations

No data found online.

Marine Managed Areas

Data Marine Managed Areas
Access Online view of various management areas (web site)
Detail NJ i-Map provides views of various statewide management areas including coastal areas. Data identified in i-Map can be found by searching in NJDEP GIS
Distributor NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Local Parcel Information

Note: Real Property Assessment Data and Parcel Maps are available statewide. See above. Only separate county-level data access is listed below.

Atlantic County (web site)

Deed Records On-line Search. (web page)
Assessment Data No separate county-level data access.
Parcels No separate county-level data access.

Bergen County (web site)

Deed Records No data found.
Assessment Data Board on Taxation. (web page)
Parcels Interactive GIS map. (web page)

Burlington County (web site)

Deed Records Public Records Search. (web page)
Assessment Data Board of Taxation Tax Record Search. (web page)
Parcels No separate county-level data access.

Camden County (web site)

Deed Records No data found.
Assessment Data No separate county-level data access.
Parcels No separate county-level data access.

Cape May County (web site)

Deed Records Search and View Public Records. (web page)
Assessment Data Internet Map Server and Maps. (web page)
Parcels Internet Map Server and Maps. (web page)

Cumberland County (web site)

Deed Records No data found.
Assessment Data No separate county-level data access.
Parcels No separate county-level data access.

Gloucester County (web site)

Deed Records (web page)
Assessment Data No separate county-level data access.
Parcels Download 2004 Tax Parcels by request. (web page)

Hudson County (web site)

Deed Records No data found.
Assessment Data No separate county-level data access.
Parcels No separate county-level data access.
Other Gazetteer Page. (web page)

Mercer County (web site)

Deed Records No data found.
Assessment Data Board of Taxation. Follow “Link to Property Assessment.”(web page)
Parcels Internet Map Server. (web page)

Middlesex County (web site)

Deed Records Public Records Search. (web page)
Assessment Data No separate county-level data access.
Parcels No separate county-level data access.

Monmouth County (web site)

Deed Records Public Records Search. (web page)
Assessment Data Public Records Search. (web page)
Parcels Public Records Search. (web page)

Ocean County (web site)

Deed Records Land Records (web page)
Assessment Data Board of Taxation Tax Records (web page)
Parcels No separate county-level data access.

Salem County (web site)

Deed Records No data found.
Assessment Data No separate county-level data access.
Parcels No separate county-level data access.

Union County (web site)

Deed Records Public Land Records Search. (web page)
Assessment Data No separate county-level data access.
Parcels General GIS Access. (web page)

 

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1 Interview with Dorina Frizzera, Environmental Scientist, Coastal Management Office, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 2010.

2 Minerals Management Service was renamed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulations and Enforcement in 2010.

 

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