Governor Murphy Signs Private Inspection Bill

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

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Having Trouble Obtaining a County Approval?

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

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25, 100, or 500?

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

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Are Frogs Impacting the Development of Your Site?

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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Why Do We Take Soil Erosion & Sediment Control Measures?

Have you ever driven past a construction site and wondered: What is the purpose of that black fabric installed along the site’s border? This black filter fabric is known as a silt fence, and it plays a vital role in preserving a site’s soil. Normally, vegetation stabilizes topsoil so that stormwater is less likely to disturb it and transport it

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Flood Hazard Area (FHA) Emergency Rule-making

Recently, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announced that it would be implementing Emergency Rule-making to the Flood Hazard Area Control Act (FHACA) Rules (or N.J.A.C. 7:13). Five key points from this Emergency Rule-making include, but are not limited to: Non-tidal design flood elevations will be raised by two feet. “Non-tidal” applies to sites that are not affected by flooding

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