DEP’s New Water Quality Management Rules Impose Restrictive Standards on Public Sewer and Septic Service for New Development

Posted by on Aug 15, 2008 in DEP Rules, Wastewater Management Plans

Published in August 2008 Issue of Builder/Architect Magazine, Greater New Jersey Edition
By Henry T. Chou, Esq.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has adopted amendments to its regulations, scheduled for publication on July 7, 2008, that will reduce the availability of wastewater treatment service and increase the regulation of septic systems. While DEP claims that the rule amendments will improve water quality and protect environmentally sensitive areas, it appears that the only certain consequence of the rule amendments is economic hardship for counties, municipalities, property owners and developers.

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Legislative Update: “Roberts Bill” Changes Affordable Housing Landscape; Permit Extension Act also Passed by Legislature

Posted by on Aug 6, 2008 in COAH and Affordable Housing Issues, Permit Extension Act

By: Thomas F. Carroll, III, Esq.
The New Jersey Legislature has had a busy year passing laws of interest to the real estate development industries. The first such bill is the “Roberts bill” (also known as A-500), now signed into law by Governor Jon Corzine. The Roberts bill makes a number of important changes affecting lower income housing obligations as applied to residential and nonresidential developers and builders.
The second significant bill is the Permit Extension Act. That bill has been passed by both houses of the Legislature but, as of this writing, has not yet been signed into law by Governor Corzine. Assuming it is signed into law as expected, the Permit Extension Act will extend many permits and approvals for the period of time specified in the legislation. A summary of these important legislative developments follows.

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DEP Adopts New Restrictions on Development Near Waterways

Posted by on Aug 6, 2008 in DEP Rules

Published in August 6, 2008 Issue of New Jersey Builders Association Dimensions Newsletter
By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
On June 16, 2008, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published adopted rules that reclassify 686 miles of waterways in the State to “Category One” status. The rules affect portions (or all) of more than 15 major rivers, reservoirs and their streams and tributaries throughout 14 counties.

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