Planning Terminology

Did you hear an acronym at a hearing and have no idea what it means? Working on a crossword puzzle and need help? Check acronyms found in New Jersey development below:


AADT          Average Annual Daily Traffic 
AASHTO American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
ACOE American Corp. of Engineers
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADT Average Daily Traffic
AOC Area of Concern
AICP American Institute of Certified Planners
APA American Planning Association


BANANA Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything             
BID Business Improvement District
BMP Best Management Practice
BOCA Building Officials and Code Administrators


CAA Clean Air Act                                                     
CAD Computer Aided Design
CAFRA Costal Area Facility Review Act
CATV Cable Television
CBD Central Business District
CCO Continuing Certificate of Occupancy
CCRC Continuing Care Retirement Community
CFO Chief Financial Officer
CFS Cubic Feet per Second
CIP Capital Improvements Program
CO Certificate of Occupancy
COAH Council On Affordable Housing


D&R Decisions and Resolutions       
DRC Design Review Committee


EOP Edge of Pavement                              
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
ELCO Electric Company
EPA Environmental Protection Agency


FAA        Federal Aviation Administration                              
FAR Floor Area Ratio
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FERC Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
FHA Federal Housing Administration
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
FIRE Finance, Insurance and Real Estate


GDP   General Development Plan            
GFA Gross Floor Area
GIS Geographic Information Systems
GPD Gallons Per Day
GPS Global Positioning System


HOA        Home Owners Association                                           
HOV High Occupancy Vehicle
HUD US Department of Housing and Urban Development
HVAC Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning


ISTEA    Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act
ITE Institute of Transportation Engineers


LEED     Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 
LOS Level of Service
LSRP Licensed Site Remediation Professional  


MGD Million Gallons per Day                        
MLUL Municipal Land Use Law
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
MSA Metropolitan Statistical Area


NAHB       National Association of Home Builders                                
NAICS North American Industrial Classification System
NEPA National Environmental Protection Agency
NFIP National Flood Insurance Program
NHPA National Historic Preservation Act
NIMBY Not In My Back Yard
NJAPA New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association
NJDEP New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
NJOPA New Jersey Office for Planning Advocacy
NJOSP New Jersey Office Of Smart Growth
NORC Naturally Occuring Retirement Community
NJPO New Jersey Planning Officials
NRI Natural Resource Inventory


PPB     Parts per Billion
PPM Parts per Million
PQ Property in Question
PUD Planned Unit Development
PURD Planned Unit Residential Development


RFP          Request for Proposals                                                    
RFQ Request for Qualifications
RLUIPA Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
ROW Right of Way
RSIS Residential Site Improvement Standards
RV Recreational Vehicle


SLAPP   Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation 
SOB Sexually Oriented Business
SOV Single Occupancy Vehicle


TDR       Transfer of Development Rights
TEA-21 Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
TELCO Telephone Company
TOD Transit Oriented Development
TW/BW Top of Wall / Bottom of Wall
TYP Typical


USDA  US Department of Agriculture.                    
USFS US Forest Service
USFWS US Fish and Wildlife Service
USGS US Geological Survey
UTM Universal Transverse Mercator Grid


ZBA  Zoning Board of Adjustment

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