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COAH: Municipal Group Successful in Appeal of Judge Wolfson’s Ruling to Require Disclosure of Draft Burchell Report

by Jong Sook Nee on December 10, 2015

A consortium of 270 New Jersey municipalities (the “Municipal Group”) and thirty-five individual municipalities were successful in a recent appeal filed with the Appellate Division of a November 19, 2015 Order issued by Middlesex County Mount Laurel Judge Douglas Wolfson which required the disclosure of a preliminary draft report in the Monroe Declaratory Judgment action, […]

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COAH: Appellate Division Affirms Judge Wolfson’s Ruling Against the Department of Community Affairs

by Jong Sook Nee on December 10, 2015

On November 25, 2015 the Appellate Division affirmed an Order dated August 26, 2015, issued by Middlesex County Mount Laurel Judge Wolfson, which denied the New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs’ (“DCA”) Motion to Intervene and to file a counterclaim in a pending Declaratory Judgment Action filed by the Township of Monroe. In the […]

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Judge Rules Zoning Board May Grant Variances from Redevelopment Plan

by Jong Sook Nee on March 25, 2015

On February 3, 2015, the Honorable Mary Jacobson, sitting in the Law Division in Mercer County, ruled that the West Windsor Zoning Board of Adjustment may grant variances, pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL), from the Princeton Junction Redevelopment Plan (PJRP) in Pereira Investment Corp. v. West Windsor Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, […]

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New State Law Allows Designation of Redevelopment Areas without Eminent Domain

by Jennifer L. Credidio on September 20, 2013

P.L. 2013, Chapter 159, signed into law on September 6, 2013, significantly changed the way that municipalities designate areas in need of redevelopment pursuant to the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et seq. Chapter 159 moves a municipality’s decision to reserve the power of eminent domain to the very beginning of the redevelopment […]

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A Resolution to Stay and Grow Stronger

by Jong Sook Nee on January 11, 2012

As we bid farewell to 2011 and the roller coaster of international economic policy, the State of New Jersey wants to help you with a new resolution for 2012. Stay in New Jersey and grow. On January 6th, Governor Christie signed S-3033 establishing the new Grow New Jersey Assistance Program. Grow NJ is a tax […]

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Redevelopment Teeters on the Cliff

by Edward J. McManimon, III on January 19, 2011

You would think that the last thing the various branches of the State government, already severely challenged by high taxes and shrinking revenues, would want to do to local governments, particularly urban areas, is diminish their powers that provide the best means long term to revitalize their communities on their own while they are adjusting […]

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Redevelopment Area Bonds Remain the Most Effective Redevelopment Tool Available to New Jersey’s Municipalities

by Joseph P. Baumann, Jr. on January 7, 2011

In an economic environment where equity is scarce, loans are hard to obtain and grants are virtually nonexistent, the Redevelopment Area Bond Financing Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-65 et seq. (RAB Law) stands alone as the most effective tool available in the much depleted redevelopment “tool box”. Born from the Large Site Landfill Reclamation and Improvement Law, […]

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Are You Ready for Redevelopment?

by William W. Northgrave on January 1, 2011

The recent resurgence of activity in industrial and commercial markets, with some limited retail and the occasional residential project, makes this the perfect time to make sure that your community is ready for redevelopment.  As with the federal 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (“ARRA”) program, if your community is not “shovel-ready” for redevelopment, developers […]

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It Might be Time to Review Your PILOT

by Jong Sook Nee on December 30, 2010

For years many municipalities have utilized long term tax exemptions to assist in the development of a variety of projects, from affordable housing developments to urban redevelopment.  These tax exemptions were provided as a means to make a project financially feasible for the developer by exempting the project from municipal taxes and allowing the developer […]

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Green Building Codes and Redevelopment

by Jong Sook Nee on December 7, 2010

Green building codes and standards are receiving a lot of attention lately.  Many public officials, developers and members of the public are passionate about “going green” and for good reason.  Alternative and renewable energy sources make headlines for their reported ability to lower individual energy costs while reducing our dependency on fossil fuels.  Green building […]

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