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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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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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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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Applications for apartment complexes across New Jersey face community pushback

Zoning and planning boards across the state have recently been confronted with some contentious hearings regarding applications for apartment complexes near neighborhoods typically zoned for single-family homes. The zoning board in Woodcliff Lake denied an application in July 2019 after seven months of hearings that is currently before the same board again in amended form. Read More

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Contentious zoning board application heads to the final stage for approval

The Robbinsville Zoning Board of Adjustment is likely to approve an application for the construction of new warehouse that community members are less than thrilled about. Alleging environmental concerns as well as fears of traffic increases, activists and residents alike have not been shy in expressing their concerns to the Board, with around 80 interested Read More

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NJ Supreme Court Sees Standing in Tax Lienholders to Challenge Municipal Approval

NJ Supreme Court Sees Standing in Tax Lienholders to Challenge Municipal Approval On August 2, 2018, New Jersey’s Supreme Court held that a holder of a municipal tax lien may have standing to challenge a local planning board’s approval for a neighboring property.  The syllabus and opinion for this case, Cherokee LCP Land, LLC v. Read More

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Administrative Remedies Must Be Exhausted Before Inverse Condemnation Lawsuit

The Supreme Court in Griepenburg v. Ocean Township, 220 N.J. 239 (2015), considered the circumstances under which municipal zoning ordinances represent a legitimate exercise of a municipality’s power to zone property consistent with its Master Plan and the Municipal Land Use Law (“MLUL”) goals.  In the late 1990s, Ocean Township, which is bordered by the Read More

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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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Environmental Insurance Dispute to be Heard in New Jersey courts

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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Governor Murphy’s NJDEP Proposes New Rule to Limit Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Municipal Clerk can Accept Electronic Signatures

On November 30, 2021, the Appellate Division further enforced and upheld a new staple of the Covid-19 world: electronic signatures. In Township Of Montclair Committee of Petitioners et al. v.
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Municipal Clerk can Accept Electronic Signatures

Appellate Division Declines to Allow Developer’s Four-Month-Late DOT Permit Appeal, Citing No Change in Circumstances

A Maple Shade Township developer’s appeal of permit conditions was untimely when they appealed four months past the deadline and without any change in circumstances justifying deadline relaxation, the Appellate
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Appellate Division Declines to Allow Developer’s Four-Month-Late DOT Permit Appeal, Citing No Change in Circumstances

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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