Who We Are
In February 2015, the former New Jersey Meadowlands Commission was consolidated into the NJSEA, which absorbed all Commission responsibilities. View a copy of the NJSEA's by-laws.
The (NJSEA) serves as the planning and zoning agency for the 30.4-square-mile Meadowlands District, which consists of portions of 14 municipalities in Bergen and Hudson counties. The agency also offers environmental public education programs and workshops for all ages through its Meadowlands Environment Center.
In addition, the Authority provides for the ongoing operation of the MetLife Sports Complex and support to MetLife Stadium and the New Meadowlands Racetrack.
The Meadowlands District is bordered by Route 46 to the north; Routes 1 and 9 (also known as Tonnelle Avenue) and the Norfolk Southern and CSX freight rail lines to the east; the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Trans-Hudson (PATH) commuter rail lines and the Pulaski Skyway to the south; and Route 17 and New Jersey Transit’s Pascack Valley rail line and Kingsland rail line to the West.
The NJSEA Board of Commissioners consists of 16 members (including 3 ex officio) and each member has a vote. Per the “Hackensack Meadowlands Redevelopment Act,” P.L.1968, c. 404 (C.13:17-1 et seq.), the Board shall include the State Treasurer, the President and CEO of the Authority, and a member of the Hackensack Meadowlands Municipal Committee to be appointed by the Governor, who shall be members ex officio; 11 members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the State Senate; one member appointed by the President of the Senate; and one member appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly, for terms of four years.
Each member shall hold office for the term of the member’s appointment and until the member’s successor shall have been appointed and qualified. A member shall be eligible for reappointment. Any vacancy in the membership occurring other than by expiration of term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment but for the unexpired term only.
The Hackensack Meadowlands Reclamation and Development Act created the Hackensack Meadowlands Municipal Committee (HMMC). The HMMC consists of the mayor of each of the 14 Meadowlands District municipalities or a designated alternate. This body is charged with reviewing all proposed codes and standards, the District Master Plan, and any amendments to the plan, development and redevelopment plans, improvement plans or other major decisions of the NJSEA. It has the authority to approve or veto the aforementioned matters. The NJSEA Board of Commissioners may override a HMMC veto by a 5/7 vote.
The NJSEA's Administrative Offices are located at:
Richard W. DeKorte Park
One DeKorte Park Plaza
P.O. Box 640
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
The Meadowland District's 14 Municipalities:
The former New Jersey Meadowlands Commission was created by an Act of the State Legislature in 1968 (N.J.S.A. 13:17-1 et seq) and tasked with a three-fold mandate: to provide for orderly development of the region, to provide facilities for the sanitary disposal of solid waste, and to protect the delicate balance of nature.
At the time, the Meadowlands District was defined by dozens of orphaned landfills that were the site of rampant illegal dumping, and a heavily polluted Hackensack River. Today the region boasts a completely different landscape, both economically and environmentally. Over the past four decades, the agency, through its tireless efforts, has helped build a thriving economic engine in the District and brought about an extraordinary environmental revitalization.
Closing the landfills and planning for appropriate development has attracted billions of dollars in economic growth while being sensitive to environmentally important wetlands. The NJSEA continues to promote economic growth, development and investment in the region through its redevelopment plans that turn underutilized and abandoned properties into thriving homes for industry.
Simultaneously, the agency over the past four decades has preserved more than 3,400 acres of wetlands and conducted scientific research that has helped greatly improve air, soil and water quality in the region. These efforts have resulted in a significantly cleaner Hackensack River estuary, which has fostered an environmental renaissance. More than 285 bird species, including 34 on New Jersey’s threatened, endangered, and species of special concern lists, have been spotted in the Meadowlands.
The NJSEA has also become a leader in the promotion of renewable energy. The agency constructed the first solar farm on a State-owned landfill, an innovative approach to finding a productive use for a landfill that had been closed for 30 years. The 3-megawatt installation at the NJSEA 1A Landfill in Kearny includes 12,506 photovoltaic panels mounted on 13 acres atop the 35-acre landfill. The solar farm is managed and maintained by PSE&G through a lease agreement with the Authority.
In addition, the Authority built a 120-kilowatt solar carport canopy over its administration building parking lot. The 504 solar panels provide approximately 20 percent of the electricity needs of the Authority’s administration building. The agency’s Science Center includes 165 rooftop solar panels. The solar components contributed to the Science Center becoming the first public building in New Jersey to be certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum, the highest designation, from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The organization’s environmental revitalization efforts have transformed the Meadowlands District into a premier ecotourism destination. The District features 21 parks with eight miles of walking trails, seasonal pontoon boat cruises and canoe tours, and the state-of-the-art William D. McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park, which is open to the public Wednesday evenings year-round.
The NJSEA works with the Bergen County Audubon Society, which leads twice-monthly guided nature walks throughout the District. The Authority maintains the Meadowlands Nature Blog which includes great wildlife and landscape photos from area photographers, news about upcoming NJSEA events, and other Meadowlands-related nature and environment news.
Through its Meadowlands Environment Center, the NJSEA provides environmental science programs to schoolchildren through a contract with Ramapo College. Approximately 15,000 students participate in field trips to DeKorte Park throughout the school year.
Thanks to its hard work, this agency has proven that economic growth and environmental preservation go hand-in-hand. Moving forward, the NJSEA stands committed to building upon its solid foundation of success to ensure a prosperous economic and environmental future for the Meadowlands District.