Developers Take Advantage of New Law to Convert Age-Restricted Developments

Posted by on Sep 28, 2010 in Age-Restricted Housing

By: Michael J. Lipari, Esq.
Last year, New Jersey passed a law that allows builders to apply to local planning boards to convert age-restricted (55+) residential developments to non-age restricted developments that would be open to persons of all ages. Due to the abundance of approved age-restricted projects and overall lack of demand, developers have begun using this law as a means to convert their stalled projects into more feasible ones devoid of age restrictions.

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What’s New With COAH? COAH Enjoins Towns From Removing Inclusionary Zoning, as Legislative Action and Decision on COAH Rule Appeals are Awaited

Posted by on Sep 24, 2010 in COAH and Affordable Housing Issues

Published in September 2010 Issue of Builder/Architect Magazine, Greater New Jersey Edition
By: Thomas F. Carroll, III, Esq.
The Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), facing proposed legislation designed to abolish it, continues to process municipal petitions seeking substantive certification (approval) of the fair share plans that have been submitted pursuant to the “third round” COAH regulations that are under appeal. At its meeting of September 8, 2010, COAH rendered some decisions of significant interest to builders and others who seek enforcement of the obligation of New Jersey municipalities, imposed by the Mt. Laurel decisions, to eliminate exclusionary zoning.

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New Jersey Restarts New and Improved Solar Energy Program

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Green Building, Solar Rebate Program

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
After a four-month break, the New Jersey Office of Clean Energy resumed its solar rebate program on September 1, 2010. In May 2010, four months of rebates were abruptly depleted in one day due to the lack of limitations on the number of applications that may be filed. The new program aims to correct those distribution problems and has $6.65 million in rebates available for residential, non-profit and public solar projects.

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