Gov issues new building rules for post-Sandy construction
January 25th, 2013
Ridgewood NJ, Gov. Chris Christie issued new standards for building height elevations – a critical step in the post-Sandy rebuilding effort. The standards follow the recommendations of the state Department of Environmental Protection and are expected to comply with the rules of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The governor said he took the extraordinary step because if the state waited on a final decision from FEMA it could take up more than a year and would delay the rebuilding effort. The guidelines call for higher elevations and will reduce insurance premiums.
Christie said he adopted the regulations to help “residents and businesses who have endured so much, to get back on their feet while at the same time ensuring that rebuilding occurs as quickly as possible, without costly red tape slowing this process down for our families and small businesses.”
More details on the new building standards are available on the governor’s office website. https://www.state.nj.us/governor/news/news/552013/approved/20130124d.html