Hearings before land use boards often involve fact witnesses and expert witnesses who provide the factual and legal basis upon which a board renders its decision. Expert testimony in the land use context is most often presented by professionals in the fields of engineering, architecture, and professional planning. Neither the Municipal Land Use Law (“MLUL”) […]
New Jersey’s Spill Compensation and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11 et seq., governs liability regarding a property upon which hazardous substances have been discharged. The Act states that anyone “in any way responsible” for hazardous substance discharge is strictly liable, jointly and severally, without regard to fault, for all cleanup and removal costs. Land purchasers in […]
As you may recall from past Legal Updates, the New Jersey Legislature made a sweeping change to the application procedure dictated by the Municipal Land Use Law. Prior to 2011, applications submitted for development were subject to municipal ordinances in effect at the time the decision was rendered by the Board. This meant that pending […]
Our conference room shows in pictures and plans just how active our Land Use practice continues to be. Some highlights of 2016 in this area include Inserra ShopRites in Elmwood Park and Wyckoff (full story elsewhere); Charles Schwab, Dellridge Health and Rehabilitation Center, Arcola Golf Club practice facility, Floor and Décor, Catch Air (a children’s […]
MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING- THE DAYTON AND CHESTNUT VILLAGE IN RIDGEWOO COMING TO RIDGEWOOD For the last several years, Tom Wells and Andy Kohut of our office, have lead an effort to convince the Ridgewood Planning Board to amend the Village Master Plan and Zoning, to permit several new high density apartment projects downtown. Our clients, Garden […]
Kenneth A. Porro, Esq., Partner in our Litigation Department was interviewed as an Expert in Governmental Tree Regulations & related enforcement powers for the Borough of Ho-Ho-Kus by NJ.com. You can access the link here: http://tinyurl.com/b2b557a.
Who says land use law is boring??? The NY Times reports on Jan 8 that Kate Hepburn’s former home in Fenwick Conn. is the subject of heated land use litigation. Seems the current owner had the temerity to erect 2, twelve inch square granite posts at his driveway entrance w/ the address number engraved. These ‘egregious’ […]
If you or someone you know has suffered devastating damage to commercial or residential real property, you or they may be entitled to Property Tax Relief. Kenneth A. Porro, Esq., Partner in our Litigation Department, who specializes in Real Property Tax Appeals, is offering to review New Jersey property tax assessments at no charge to those […]
Dunes protected several communities from catastrophic damage during Hurricane Sandy, while Long Beach, N.Y., which built no dunes, suffered $200 million in losses. http://tinyurl.com/c24jg8w.
Jim Jaworski, Esq., (Administrative Partner who actively practices in the firm’s Land Use Department) is pleased to announce that after more than 2 years and 30 something Planning Board hearings, 3 Design Review Commission meetings and 4 or 5 Shade Tree Commission meetings, the Site Plan for Wyckoff Shop Rite was unanimously approved on November 26 […]