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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Legislators to Introduce Bill Overriding Court Decision on Affordable Housing

Posted by on Sep 28, 2009 in COAH and Affordable Housing Issues, Municipal Land Use Law, Variances

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
Lawmakers have reacted swifty to the Appellate Division’s recent decision that affordable housing must be accorded “inherently beneficial” status when proposed in use variance applications, even if a town has already otherwise met all affordable housing obligations assigned by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH).

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