Does Your Project Serve a Community Need, but the Town Disagrees?

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Do you have an idea for a project that will benefit your community, but it is not permitted by the  town’s zoning ordinance? This was the case for one of our clients in Normandy Beach, Michael and Kim  Venutolo. After the community lost many of its traditional businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, the  Venutolos were inspired to bring life back …

Are You Paying Too Much for Site Lighting?

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Did you know a standard 100-watt cobra street light can add approximately $130.00 to your  electricity bill each year? This annual expense comes in addition to the installation cost of the fixture and  other maintenance/repair fees. On occasion, a lighting manufacturer will assist civil engineers in preparing  lighting plans. This helps the manufacturing company promote their lights, and it allows …

Governor Murphy Signs Private Inspection Bill

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This new bill allows builders to use private inspection agencies, approved by the Department of Community Affairs, in the event that municipalizes cannot complete inspections within three (3) business days of the request. Would you use private inspections if given the opportunity to do so? Vote

Having Trouble Obtaining a County Approval?

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Previously, obtaining approval for development along a county road was a relatively  straightforward and streamlined process. However, in recent years it has become more challenging and  time-consuming to receive approval from a New Jersey County Planning Board. To understand why this  has taken place, we must first understand what County Planning Boards review when they receive a site or  subdivision …

25, 100, or 500?

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On September 28th, Hurricane Ian made landfall on the southwestern coast of Florida. The  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has classified this storm as a 500-year storm  event, making it one of the worst storms that the United States has seen in recent years. To most  people, the term “500-year storm” is just a phrase, and the expression fails to …

Are Frogs Impacting the Development of Your Site?

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If a frog is on your site, it would be prudent to check if it is a Threatened & Endangered species. If it is a Threatened & Endangered species, wetland transition areas and riparian zones will be affected. A wetland transition area is a buffer area upland from a freshwater wetland used to minimize negative impacts on the wetland. Similarly, …

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