In Blake Gardens, LLC v. State of New Jersey, U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan of the District of New Jersey struck down a New Jersey law that reclassified Alzheimer’s residences as health care facilities and placed them under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health (DOH). The law, New Jersey P.L. 2015 c.
In Estee Vineyards, Inc. v. Cranbury Twp. Planning Bd., the Appellate Division upheld a planning board’s approval of a billboard along the New Jersey Turnpike. According to the appeals court, because the billboard was a permitted use under the zoning ordinance, the Cranbury Township Planning Board (Board) couldn’t deny the billboard
In Mikhail v. Lauritsen, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court addressed when municipalities may extinguish a nonconforming use. The court specifically considered the test for determining when a nonconforming use has been more than partially destroyed in making this evaluation. Legal Background N.J.S.A. 40:55D-68 authorizes the restoration
A recent appellate decision reinforces that New Jersey municipalities must exercise care when drafting and amending zoning ordinances. In Nelson’s Corner Assoc. LLC v. Twp. of Hillsborough, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court held that a dialysis center was permitted under the Township of Hillsborough’s local zoning
In Minke Family Trust v. Township Of Long Beach, a New Jersey court recently addressed the authority conveyed to municipalities under the Disaster Control Act (DCA). The specific question raised in the suit is whether the DCA allows a municipality to record a deed of perpetual easement against a property
The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court recently held that banning digital billboards, while allowing static ones, does not violate the U.S. Constitution. The trial court had previously held that the Franklin Township ordinance violated the First Amendment. The Facts of the Case The dispute in E&J Equities
In Hidden Lake Area Homeowners Association v. Township of North Brunswick, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court found that the North Brunswick zoning officer incorrectly determined that the construction of a fence was allowed. Accordingly, his approval of the permit was ultra vires. The Facts of the
A New Jersey federal judge recently ruled that the borough of Paramus’s zoning board improperly denied Sprint Spectrum L.P. and T-Mobile USA Inc.’s application to build a wireless tower. U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty specifically held that the municipality could not deny the application for a monopole wireless tower based