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Section: Provision of plan with application.

Statute: 54:4-23.7b

10. a. Notwithstanding any provision of the "Farmland Assessment Act of 1964," P.L.1964, c.48 (C.54:4-23.1 et seq.), or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, to the contrary, an owner who annually submits an application pursuant to subsection c. of section 3 of P.L.1964, c.48 (C.54:4-23.3) may provide a forest stewardship plan or a woodland management plan to accompany the application. b. When a forest stewardship plan is submitted with an application pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the forest land shall not be deemed to be actively devoted to agricultural or horticultural use for the two successive years immediately preceding the tax year in issue if the forest stewardship plan has expired during those two years and a new forest stewardship plan has not been approved prior to the expiration date of the current forest stewardship plan. c. In the case where a forest stewardship plan was approved more than two years preceding the tax year in issue, the forest land shall be deemed to be actively devoted to agricultural or horticultural use and to have been so devoted for at least the two successive years immediately preceding the tax year in issue if the owner has implemented in full the approved forest stewardship plan for at least the two successive years immediately preceding the tax year in issue. d. In the case where a forest stewardship plan was approved less than two years preceding the tax year in issue, the forest land shall be deemed to be actively devoted to agricultural or horticultural use and to have been so devoted for at least two successive years immediately preceding the tax year in issue if: (1) the owner has implemented in full the forest stewardship plan once it was approved; and (2) for at least the remaining portion of the two-year period immediately preceding the tax year in issue, prior to the approval of the forest stewardship plan, the forest land qualifies, pursuant to sections 5 and 6 of the "Farmland Assessment Act of 1964," P.L.1964, c.48 (C.54:4-23.5 and C.54:4-23.6), to be deemed to have been actively devoted to agricultural or horticultural use. Additionally, if the land was devoted exclusively to the production for sale of tree and forest products, other than Christmas trees, and is not appurtenant woodland, the owner must have established a woodland management plan more than two years preceding the tax year in issue and complied with that plan until such time as a forest stewardship plan was approved pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2009, c.256 (C.13:1L-31). e. The Department of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Treasury, shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), any rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of this section. L.2009, c.256, s.10.

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