Legislation establishing the new fourth round of rules for affordable housing could become law in short order. The Assembly passed its version of the bill, A-4, on February 12.  The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee moved the Senate’s version of the bill forward to a vote by the full Senate with minor amendments. The Senate is scheduled to vote on its version of the bill, S-50, today, Monday, March 18.Continue Reading Update on Affordable Housing Legislation

Pending legislation aimed at establishing the new fourth round of rules for affordable housing has taken a major step forward. On February 8, the Assembly Appropriations Committee considered the bill, made significant amendments, and moved the bill forward to a vote by the full Assembly. The Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill, A-4, on Monday, February 12.Continue Reading Affordable Housing Legislation Takes Major Step Forward

Legislation aimed at establishing the new fourth round of rules for affordable housing and the process for same was re-introduced as Assembly Bill A-4 and Senate Bill S-50 in the new legislative session with minor changes from the previous session’s bills (click here and here to view my earlier posts on this subject). Most of the provisions in the previous session’s bills remain unchanged. Notably, the re-introduced bills remove the requirement for the Supreme Court to appoint special masters for regional areas of the state to calculate regional needs on municipal present and future obligations, instead assigning the Department of Community Affairs to calculate these needs. Both bills are progressing through the two houses and have been moved to appropriations committees.Continue Reading Update on Re-Introduced Sweeping Affordable Housing Legislation

Bill to be Reintroduced in New Two-Year Session Beginning Tuesday at Noon

Assembly Bill A-4, which aimed to implement the new fourth round of rules for affordable housing and change the administration of affordable housing in New Jersey (click here to view my earlier post), was held by the Assembly Appropriations Committee yesterday.

With just a few days remaining in the two-year legislative session, State lawmakers introduced and are swiftly pushing towards enactment of a bill that would radically change the administration of affordable housing in New Jersey and set forth a single standard to determine affordable housing obligations. Since 2015, no standard has been in place. Instead, the calculation and administration of the required affordable housing has been led by courts and court-appointed special masters. With an impending new round of affordable housing obligations set to begin on July 1, 2025, this legislation could provide clarity to municipalities and developers. The Assembly Appropriations Committee was scheduled to discuss the bill today. The Assembly and Senate are likely to consider the bill next week.Continue Reading Sweeping Legislation Could Reshape Affordable Housing in New Jersey for at Least a Generation

Real estate owners and developers will finally have recourse when construction inspections are not timely performed. Governor Phil Murphy has just signed into law Senate Bill 3014/ Assembly Bill A573, which provides for expedited construction inspections under the Uniform Construction Code, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-124.

The new law provides rules for the timely inspection of construction projects and grants the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (“Commissioner”) new powers to compel compliance, order corrective action or issue penalties when an enforcing agency is unable or unwilling to meet its obligations.Continue Reading Three Business Days to Perform or Else: New Law Allows Owners to Utilize Private Construction Inspectors When Agencies Fail to Act

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By: Daniel Munoz

Warehouses and distribution centers are popping up across New Jersey as consumers embrace online shopping, and the state’s top lawmakers seem to have little appetite for legislation to slow the trend.

Despite complaints about “warehouse sprawl” from some local communities and environmental groups, leading Democrats and Republicans told

The City of Newark recently introduced an ordinance that would amend its Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance (“IZO”) to expand the scope of the IZO, while offering certain density and other bonuses to developers. The City Council voted to introduce the ordinance on first reading and refer the ordinance to the Central Planning Board for review. After the Central Planning Board reviews the legislation, the ordinance will go back to the City Council for a second and final reading, and potential adoption.Continue Reading Newark Introduces Ordinance to Expand Its Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance

Three recently introduced bills in the New Jersey State Legislature could hint at an emerging policy shift away from the state’s time-honored respect for “home rule” and towards a more regional approach to land use planning. While the proposed legislation does not eliminate a local municipality’s jurisdiction to consider certain land use applications, the introduction of additional regional planning approaches could lead to a general erosion of home rule. Specifically, the introduction of Senate Bill 3910 would create the “Palisades Cliffs Protection and Planning Act,” aimed at protecting the Gold Coast from high-rise development. Similarly, Senate Bill 3688 would require certain warehouse development projects to seek approval from County planning boards or the State Planning Commission prior to receiving local land use approvals. Those warehouse development opportunities (and any other development opportunities) would diminish further by the enactment of proposed Assembly Bill 5793, which would prohibit municipalities from designating farmland as an area in need of redevelopment or rehabilitation area.
Continue Reading Is New Jersey Moving Away From Home Rule?

Legislation was introduced in Trenton this week that would allow developers to opt for an expedited construction plan review program, pursuant to which an agency would have ten (10) calendar days to render a decision under the State Uniform Construction Code Act, N.J.A.C. 52:27D-119, et seq. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Robert J. Karabinchak, would allow a municipal governing body to adopt a program requiring its construction code enforcing agency to conduct such expedited plan reviews at the request of property owners. In the event a municipality elects not to offer the optional program, the bill provides for the licensure and authorization of private plan review agencies to conduct such expedited plan reviews. The municipal enforcing agency would retain jurisdiction over projects, including the issuance of the certificate of occupancy, regardless of whether an expedited review is conducted by the municipality’s code enforcement personnel or a private plan review agency.Continue Reading Legislation Introduced to Establish Optional LSRP-Styled Municipal Construction Code Review Program