Middle Township has received approval of the Plan Endorsement Process through the Department of Community Affairs. Committeeman Dan Lockwood told Coastal Broadcasting of the news. Once a town receives approval, the DCA’s Office of Smart Growth (OSG) provides technical assistance throughout the endorsement process. The Office also facilitates state agency coordination, recommends specific changes to local development regulations, and works with the municipality to implement the changes. The new regulations are aimed at curbing suburban sprawl and directing compact development to areas already served by infrastructure.