NJEDA Board Approves Brownfields Loan Program

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TRENTON, N.J. (November 13, 2020) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board of Directors today approved the creation of the Brownfields Loan Program. This program will make low-interest loans of up to $5 million available to brownfield redevelopment projects for all aspects of brownfield revitalization, including assessment, investigation, and demolition. It will be one of the only funding sources available to cover pre-construction planning, demolition, asbestos, PCB removal, and lead-based paint remediation. More information is available at https://www.njeda.com/brownfields.

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On September 8, 2020, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) issued a Public Notice pursuant to the New Jersey Permit Extension Act of 2020, P.L. 2020, c. 53 (the “Act”), which extended the term of numerous government permits and approvals that were in effect on March 9, 2020. The Act suspends the running of the periods of eligible permits and approvals from March 9, 2020 until six (6) months after the end of the Public Health Emergency declared by Governor Murphy in response to COVID-19.

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Governor Murphy signed the Permit Extension Act of 2020 (the “Act”) into law, automatically suspending the running of the period of eligible permits and approvals during the “COVID-19 Extension Period.” The COVID-19 Extension Period is defined as the time period beginning on March 9, 2020, and continuing for as long as a public health emergency has been declared by the Governor in response to COVID-19 and is in effect. This suspension will not shorten the duration of any permit or approval to a duration less than it otherwise would have had in the absence of the Act, and extends any permit or approval for at least six months beyond the end of the COVID-19 Extension Period.

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Good things often come in small packages, and one of those may be a simple solution to New Jersey’s well-documented shortage of affordable housing: tiny homes. A tiny home is a single family home with a floor area of 400 square feet or less, which requires creative use of space and multipurpose features. Some are built on a foundation and others are chassis mounted mobile homes. Many jurisdictions, notably California, are beginning to use tiny homes as a means of providing inexpensive housing for low and moderate income and homeless individuals.

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It’s true: COVID-19 has breathed new life into parking lots. As Neal Freyman of Morning Brew has observed:
  • Churches, synagogues, and other places of worship have been holding radio broadcasted services in their parking lots.
  • DJs in Germany have been hosting drive-in raves in parking lots.
  • With libraries, schools, and coffee shops closed, parking lots

On Saturday May 2, 2020, New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy issued Executive Order (EO) 136 providing for sweeping extensions of many statutory deadlines required under environmental laws and regulations administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP or Department) and suspending timeframes for certain NJDEP permit decisions and reporting. The extensions and suspensions are retroactive to March 9, 2020. Specifically, EO-136 includes the following:

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Curbside pick-up lanes and “to-go” parking spaces—already trending in shopping centers before the pandemic—have become essential features of retail stores in the wake of COVID-19 and are likely to become permanent fixtures in shopping centers. Likewise, drive-throughs and walk-up or vestibule kiosks will no longer be limited to banks and pharmacies, as retailers of every type seek to adapt to the new public health normal and avoid risks and exposures to employees and customers alike. How does this sudden shift in shopping center design and layout square with existing zoning laws and municipal codes around the Garden State?

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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP or Department) issued two major announcements concerning site remediation arising out of Governor Murphy’s March 9, 2020 State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency declarations. The Department clarified that construction related to site remediation may continue and also granted emergency waivers of certain site remediation timeframes and deadlines.

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Eight days after Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 122 (EO 122), which “ceased the physical operations of non-essential construction projects indefinitely,” the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), on April 14, 2020, imposed an additional requirement for builders of “essential construction projects.” Those builders must submit documentation to the local building department “attesting to how the project qualifies” to be among those that may proceed and certifying that the project is complying with the COVID-19-driven safety and social distancing measures spelled out in paragraphs 3 and 4 of EO 122.

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More than ever, the development industry needs permit extension legislation to ensure a robust real estate market once the current public health emergency is resolved. Legislation tracking the Permit Extension Act (PEA) of 2008 (PEA) should be implemented. While the severity of the extended economic downturn more than ten years ago made it difficult, if not impossible, for many commercial and residential developers to continue building, the severity of the situation today is more extreme.

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