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
A recent decision by the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court highlights the balancing process required for a use variance even when an entity proposes an inherently beneficial use of its property. In 636 Inman LLC v. Woodbridge Twp. Bd. of Adjustment, the court determined that the local
In Griepenburg v. Township of Ocean, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey ruled that environmental rezoning ordinances passed by the Township of Ocean were invalid as applied to the plaintiffs’ property because the downzoning was not reasonably required to serve the stated purposes of the ordinances.