Governor Christie Signs Bill Extending Deadline for Wastewater Management Plans

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Legislation, Wastewater Management Plans

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
On January 17, 2012, Governor Chris Christie signed into law P.L. 2011, c. 203, which extends the deadline for counties and municipalities to file wastewater management plans by at least 180 days. The legislation, which was passed by the Senate and General Assembly on January 9, 2011, is aimed at averting the “negative economic impacts” associated with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) regulations that would have required the withdrawal of numerous wastewater service areas throughout the state.

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Legislature Moves to Extend Deadline for Wastewater Management Plans

Posted by on Jan 9, 2012 in Legislation, Wastewater Management Plans

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill known as S3156, which would extend the deadline for counties and municipalities to file wastewater management plans by at least 180 days, and potentially up to 2 years. The bill, which was passed by the Senate on January 9, 2011, will now move to the General Assembly, which is also anticipated to pass it in short order.

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Legislature Poised to Boost Struggling Solar Industry

Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 in Green Building, Legislation, Solar Energy

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
The New Jersey Legislature is set to introduce a bill that aims to stablize the state’s solar industry, which has been in free fall since early summer. Assemblyman Upendra Chivakula (D-Middlesex) expects to introduce a bill in the lame duck session that would halt the precipitous drop of prices for solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs), which is a major mechanism for financing photovoltaic (PV) systems in New Jersey.

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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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Governor Christie Reveals Plan for Affordable Housing and COAH

Posted by on May 14, 2010 in COAH and Affordable Housing Issues, Legislation

By: Michael J. Lipari, Esq.
Governor Christie has unveiled his new housing reform proposal, which seeks to drastically change affordable housing policies that have been in place for decades. As promised, the Governor proposes to eliminate the Council on Affordable Housing (“COAH”) and limit State involvement in the affordable housing process. The proposal is generally consistent with the report issued in March by the Governor’s Affordable Housing Task Force.

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