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What to do if a certificate of occupancy has been incorrectly issued?

Town rescinds certificate of occupancy for former motel On January 5, 2023, the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division decided the case Department of Community Affairs, etc v. Kenneth D. Roberts, etc. In this case, Defendant Kenneth D. Roberts appeals from the final decision of the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs to suspend his license under the Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law Read More

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Village of Ridgefield Park v. Outfront Media, LLC and Planning/Zoning Board of the Borough of Bogota

The Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division recently upheld a board decision to approve the settlement of an application for a conditional use variance and final site plan approval to install a billboard on property along a highway. In Village of Ridgefield Park v. Outfront Media, LLC and Planning/Zoning Board of the Borough of Read More

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Trial Court Reverses WAWA Application

A Camden County Judge has reversed a Planning Board decision to allow a WaWa store to be constructed in Winslow Township.   The lawsuit is entitled S&N Multani et al v. Winslow Township Planning Board, et al, Docket Number CAM-L_1281-21. At issue is whether a combined gasoline retail station/ and mini-market operation was allowed by local Read More

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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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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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  • On the Run: Runner/lawyer DeBord out to protect the environment she loves

    Bucks County Herald, January 4, 2024

    When Brittany DeBord runs along the Delaware River canal towpath or on the trails of Tyler State Park, she doesn’t just appreciate the natural beauty of the...

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  • 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 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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