Local Finance Notice Addresses Construction Code Fees

by David L. Blank on September 18, 2017

The Division of Local Government Services and the Division of Codes and Standards recently issued a Local Finance Notice (Notice) reminding municipalities about the construction code fee limitations established under state law and how construction code enforcement offices must budget and account for such fees. They issued the Notice after becoming aware of “instances where […]

{ 0 comments }

NJ Appeals Court Upholds Automatic Approval of Site Plan Application

by William C. Sullivan on September 6, 2017

In Shipyard Associates v. Hoboken Planning Board, the Appellate Division held that a developer was entitled to automatic approval of a controversial plan to build two high-rise buildings on the Hoboken waterfront because the Hoboken Planning Board (Board) refused to hold a hearing on the application while related litigation was pending. Facts of the Case […]

{ 0 comments }

Jersey City Testing Cellphone-Based Police Body Cameras

by Michael A. Jimenez on September 6, 2017

Jersey City is the first local government to rely on cellphones to record law enforcements’ interaction with the public. The city’s new police body camera program will rely on a mobile application known as CopCast. Increased Adoption of Police Body Cameras In 2014, New Jersey enacted a law requiring that all new patrol cars purchased […]

{ 0 comments }

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of New Jersey opened the door for records custodians to go on the offensive in response to requests under the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). In In the Matter of the New Jersey Firemen’s Association Obligation to Provide Relief Applications Under the Open Public Records Act, the […]

{ 0 comments }

In Grabowsky v. Twp. of Montclair, the Appellate Division clarified when the fund in court exception applies, which alters the general rule that litigants bear their own litigation costs regardless of who prevails. The court held that because no litigation fund was ever created and taxpayers would ultimately bear the expense of the attorney’s fee award, […]

{ 0 comments }

New Jersey Supreme Court to Address “Time of Application Rule”

by Patrick J. McNamara on August 11, 2017

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently agreed to consider Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. The Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Township of Franklin. The case involves when a submission to the planning board should be considered an “application for development” that triggers the “time of application rule.” Time of Application Rule The time of […]

{ 0 comments }

Gov. Christie Vetoes Airbnb Bill to Tax Short-Term Rentals

by Michael A. Jimenez on August 10, 2017

Gov. Chris Christie recently vetoed legislation that would have made rentals via Airbnb and similar online marketplaces subject to the same state and local occupancy taxes as hotel and motel rooms.  According to the Governor, he would not support imposing additional taxes on “already overly taxed New Jersey property owners.” The proposed legislation sought to […]

{ 0 comments }

On July 21, 2017, Governor Christie signed Senate Bill 3067, which establishes new protections for transgender students and requires the Commissioner of Education to develop guidelines for school districts. The legislation is intended to ensure that transgender students are protected from discrimination and have a safe learning environment. “All of our children deserve to be treated […]

{ 0 comments }

Gov. Christie Approves Library Bond Funding Bill

by Monica E. de los Rios on August 4, 2017

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently approved the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act.” The bi-partisan legislation authorizes the issuance of $125 million in State general obligation bonds to provide grants for the construction, expansion, and equipping of New Jersey’s public libraries. For the library funding to become a reality, New Jersey voters will also […]

{ 0 comments }

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently held that the public has the right to access recordings from the mobile video recorders (MVRs) in police vehicles under the common law right of access. The court further held in North Jersey Media Group, Inc. v. Township of Lyndhurst that unredacted Use of Force Reports must be disclosed […]

{ 0 comments }