Supreme Court Hears Argument on COAH Rule Appeals: What’s Next?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in COAH and Affordable Housing Issues

By: Thomas F. Carroll, III, Esq.
On November 14, 2012, the New Jersey Supreme Court heard oral argument on the various appeals concerning the “third round” rules that were adopted by the Council on Affordable Housing (“COAH”). The Court reserved decision on the issues, with an opinion to be released sometime during the months to come. COAH has failed to operate with constitutional rules for 13 years – since the “second round” ended in 1999. It is hoped that the Supreme Court will now move quickly to release its opinion and fashion a remedy designed to bring about Mount Laurel compliance at long last.

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New Permit Extension Act Amendment Signed Into Law

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Permit Extension Act

By: Michael J. Lipari, Esq.
On September 19, 2012, Governor Christie signed another amendment to the Permit Extension Act, which will further extend the life of development approvals and permits and provide relief to builders. The identical legislative bills known as A-1338 and S-743 extend the Permit Extension Act of 2008 (“PEA”) for an additional two years through 2014. This initiative was advanced because, as the legislation itself states: “the most recent national recession has caused one of the longest economic downturns since the Great Depression of the 1930’s and has drastically affected various segments of the New Jersey economy, but none as severely as the State’s banking, real estate and construction sectors.”

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NJBA Atlantic Builders Convention

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in Upcoming Events

Come see us at the New Jersey Builders Association’s Atlantic Builders Convention from March 28 to March 30, 2012 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Visit our Booth 1400 between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm on March 28 and 29, and between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on March 30.

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NJDEP Adopts New “Common Sense” Waiver Rule

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in DEP Rules, Notice Requirements, Variances

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
In response to Governor Christie’s Executive Order No 2, which directs state agencies to implement reforms furthering common sense principles, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has adopted a new rule that gives NJDEP the flexibility to modify compliance with rules in certain circumstances that do not compromise protections to the environment and public health. Requests for waivers will be accepted beginning on August 1, 2012.

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Governor Christie Signs Bill Extending Deadline for Wastewater Management Plans

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Legislation, Wastewater Management Plans

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
On January 17, 2012, Governor Chris Christie signed into law P.L. 2011, c. 203, which extends the deadline for counties and municipalities to file wastewater management plans by at least 180 days. The legislation, which was passed by the Senate and General Assembly on January 9, 2011, is aimed at averting the “negative economic impacts” associated with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) regulations that would have required the withdrawal of numerous wastewater service areas throughout the state.

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Legislature Moves to Extend Deadline for Wastewater Management Plans

Posted by on Jan 9, 2012 in Legislation, Wastewater Management Plans

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill known as S3156, which would extend the deadline for counties and municipalities to file wastewater management plans by at least 180 days, and potentially up to 2 years. The bill, which was passed by the Senate on January 9, 2011, will now move to the General Assembly, which is also anticipated to pass it in short order.

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