What’s the Big Stink With DEP’s New Sewer Rules?

Posted by on May 28, 2009 in DEP Rules

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
Last summer, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) changed its rules to reassign the responsibility of mapping public sewer service areas from local agencies to county governments. The new rules require counties to promptly approve and submit county-wide wastewater management plans (WMPs) – the plans that govern which properties may be serviced by public sewer – although NJDEP has indicated that it may grant extensions for certain counties.

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An Inch Can Go a Long Way, Sometimes All the Way Back to the Drawing Board

Posted by on May 19, 2009 in Variances

By Michael J. Lipari, Esq.
As developers and building professionals are aware, a request for a height variance can be granted by the planning board in certain circumstances and the zoning board of adjustment in others. One developer recently found out that a difference of one inch in the requested relief from the height limitation ordinance was enough to invalidate the entire approval and force the developer to start over in front the appropriate board.

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Governor Corzine Signs Bill Allowing Private Professionals to Oversee Site Cleanups

Posted by on May 7, 2009 in DEP Rules, Site Remediation

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
In a highly anticipated move, Governor Corzine signed the “Licensed Site Remediation Professional” (LSRP) bill into law this morning. The legislation – based on a successful model developed by the State of Massachusetts – creates a 13-member board comprised of public and private representatives that licenses professionals to oversee site cleanups that are currently under the jurisdiction of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

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Governor Corzine Conditionally Vetoes Housing Bill

Posted by on May 7, 2009 in Age-Restricted Housing, COAH and Affordable Housing Issues, Distressed Housing Market

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
Apparently bowing to the pressure of mayors throughout the State, Governor Corzine has conditionally vetoed legislation that would have allowed builders to convert age-restricted (55+) residential developments to non-age restricted developments that would be open to persons of all ages.

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