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The Friendly Neighborhood Scheme

You have lived happily in your home for years, content with the fact that all the houses on your street appear the same from the outside. A deed restriction that applies to all the homes on the street, helps make sure the neighborhood looks consistent and uniform throughout. But then, a new neighbor comes in, Read More

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Manalapan Cemetery’s Application for Crematorium Accessory Use Requires Zoning Board Approval, Appellate Division Holds

Even though a crematorium performs a similar function to a traditional cemetery, a pre-existing nonconforming cemetery cannot add one to its grounds, extending its nonconformity, without Zoning Board approval. In Old Tennent Cemetery Association v. Township of Manalapan Planning Board, Docket No. A-2961-19 (App. Div. Oct. 20, 2021), Old Tennent Cemetery Association appealed the dismissal Read More

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RLUIPA lawsuits and free beach parking

RLUIPA defense counsel took note of a Florida case earlier this year that questioned whether free beach access constituted a sincerely held religious belief under the RLUIPA statute. The case, encaptioned Pass-A Grille Beach Community Church Inc. v. City of St. Pete Beach concerned a municipal challenge to a church’s evangelical practices that occurred while Read More

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Appellate Division Confirms Accessory Building’s Unused 80-Year-Old Plumbing Fixtures are Preexisting Nonconformity

Rantz v. Planning Board of the Borough of Bay Head, Docket No. A-2847-19 (App. Div. Sept. 8, 2021) This month, the Appellate Division upheld the Planning Board of the Borough of Bay Head’s decision to grant a certificate of pre-existing non-conformity, declaring that a backyard accessory structure had plumbing in it for years prior to Read More

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Hoboken cannot block residential development with new zoning ordinances, Supreme Court holds

In Shipyard Assocs., LP v. City of Hoboken, 242 N.J. 23 (2020), the Supreme Court held that the City of Hoboken could not block a waterfront residential development by enacting two new zoning ordinances within two years of the development’s final approval. In 2012, Shipyard Associates received final approval from the Hoboken Zoning Board to Read More

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RLUIPA case in SDNY challenges alleged discrimination against Orthodox Jewish community

In December 2020, the Southern District of New York filed a lawsuit under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) against the Village of Airmont. The suit alleges that the Village has been discriminating against the Orthodox Jewish community via its recent zoning regulations enacted in 2018. RLUIPA was signed into law in Read More

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Appellate Court Doesn’t Buy Arguments from East Brunswick Used Car Salesmen, Requires Variance

The Appellate Division rejected an East Brunswick car wrecking business’s attempts to keep selling used cars without a use variance, holding it was not a preexisting nonconforming use, in Hidden Oak Woods, LLC v. P&F Giancola, d/b/a Giancola Wrecking and Auto Sales, 2021 N.J. Super. Unpub. __ (App. Div. 2021), Docket No. A-2704-19. Property owners Read More

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Piscataway community members challenge Zoning Board variance approval of giant warehouse development in residential zone

Warehouse development is a controversial arena in the State of New Jersey. The most densely populated state in the country has little open and natural space to spare, yet that very population’s online purchases necessitate more and more facilities for product storage and distribution. The industry, which was already growing thanks to services such as Read More

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NJDEP new stormwater regulations are in effect

Developers in New Jersey must now meet the State’s new stormwater regulations. New Jersey has had numerous generations of stormwater regulations, some of which have had to be revised following court challenges. Stormwater regulation is the control of rainwater that cannot not be naturally absorbed as a result of new development or disturbances. Poor stormwater Read More

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Warehouse Construction in NJ May Be Curtailed in Proposed Legislation

New Jersey State Senate subcommittees are currently considering a bill (S-3688) that aims to dramatically slow shipping and distribution warehouse construction across the State. Recently it seems that is the only thing that anyone has wanted to build in this state but some lawmakers believe that there may be such a thing as too many Read More

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Registration for the NJSBA Flood Summit on January 26th

Register Now for NJSBA Flood Summit, January 26 9:00am to 11:30 via Zoom Stuart Lieberman, Esq. of Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich PC will moderate the virtual CLE, which will train advocates on
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Governor Murphy Blocks Vote on Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission for a More Indepth Review of Its Effects on the Environment

On January 13, 2022, Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission was to vote on a contract to build a $180 million back up generating power plant for its sewage treatment facility in
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Governor Murphy Blocks Vote on Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission for a More Indepth Review of Its Effects on the Environment

Environmental Insurance Dispute to be Heard in New Jersey courts

On December 30, 2021 the Appellate Division of the Superior Court decided Getty Prop. Corp. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. Getty Properties Corp. (“Getty”) filed an appeal
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Governor Murphy’s NJDEP Proposes New Rule to Limit Carbon Dioxide Emissions

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s administration proposed a new rule to combat greenhouse gas emissions, just before the start of his second term in office. The New Jersey Department of
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In The Media

  • Gulf Coast Town Center facing foreclosure

    Naples Daily News, September 16, 2015

    Wells Fargo filed a lawsuit Sept. 8 against an affiliate of CBL & Associates, the owners of the decadeold, 1.2 million-square-foot mall in south Fort Myers for a $190.9 million unpaid loan. The center has 94 stores on 204 acres, with such anchors as Super Target, Belk, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and Costco...

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  • Town liable for private company's leaking underground tanks, court rules

    NJ.com Jul 26, 2017

    CRANFORD -- A couple that owned a businesses in town and became sick from leaking underground tanks owned by an adjacent business can sue the township for damages because the tanks were partially ...

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  • Dark Waters: How a Class Action Catapulted NJ to Forefront of 'Forever Chemicals' Battle

    NJ Law Journal Jan 09, 2020

    As property owners become increasingly aware of PFAS contamination, and as individuals exposed to PFAS learn of the health risks associated with exposure, liability will likely affect entire supply chains.

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