Acting Governor Guadagno Signs Bill to Extend Moratorium on 2.5 Percent Non-Residential Development Fee

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in COAH and Affordable Housing Issues, General Information, Legislation, Permit Extension Act, Retail/Commercial

By: Michael J. Lipari, Esq.
Today, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno signed a bill into law that extends a prior moratorium on the 2.5 percent non-residential development fee. This law (Legislative Bill S-2974) extends the moratorium for an additional two years, which should provide relief to commercial real estate developers.

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New “Vertical GDP” Law Provides Options to Developers

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 in Developer's Agreements, General Information, Legislation, Municipal Land Use Law, Redevelopment, Retail/Commercial

By: Michael J. Lipari, Esq.
In an effort to provide certainty to development projects in the urban and more developed areas of the State, legislation has been adopted that extends general development plan (GDP) protection to large development projects situated on smaller sites.

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Christie Nominates New DCA Commissioner

Posted by on Jan 26, 2010 in General Information

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
Governor Christie has nominated Lori Grifa as the next Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Grifa, a resident of Montclair, is currently a partner in the government and regulatory affairs group at Wolff Samson, and was previously a prosecutor in New York and Chief of Staff to former New Jersey Attorney General David Samson. Ms. Grifa is subject to confirmation by the New Jersey Senate.

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Christie Picks New DEP Commissioner

Posted by on Jan 15, 2010 in DEP Rules, General Information

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
Governor-Elect Chris Christie has selected Bob Martin, a retired utility consultant, as the next Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Martin, formerly of the consulting firm Accenture LLP, served as Christie’s energy and environmental policy advisor during last year’s gubernatorial campaign.

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Development Coalition Seeks Overhaul of Land Use and Environmental Procedures

Posted by on Sep 29, 2009 in DEP Rules, General Information, Municipal Land Use Law, Permit Extension Act, Redevelopment, Site Remediation

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
For the past two years, a coalition of developers and business groups called the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition has sought to effect significant changes in land use use and environmental regulatory laws aimed at keeping businesses in New Jersey and attacting new business. It now hopes to push through some of its legislation in the lame duck Legislative session after the gubernatorial election in November.

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