Solar Panels No longer Considered in Calculating Impervious Coverage

Posted by on Apr 29, 2010 in Green Building, Legislation

By: Michael J. Lipari, Esq.
In yet another move to ease the burden on environmentally friendly development in New Jersey, the legislature passed the bill known as S-921, which exempts solar panels from surfaces classified as impervious. One of the most fundamental land use restrictions in New Jersey concerns the amount of impervious coverage (e.g. buildings, pavement, decks and patios) permitted on any single project or property. It was previously unknown whether solar panels were pervious or impervious because the panels usually sit on brackets and are typically not flush on the ground or a building and therefore do not necessarily reduce or prevent absorption of stormwater into the land.

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Legislation Introduced to Establish Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010 in Fort Monmouth Redevelopment

By Henry T. Chou, Esq.
Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) have introduced a bill that proposes to create a 13-member Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, which would replace the outgoing Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority as the agency responsible for overseeing the redevelopment of the Army base that was ordered closed by a federal panel in 2005.

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