NEW ARTICLE: New NJ law relating to the NJ MLUL and electric vehicle charging station requirements for many new projects, including gas stations, residential developments, and other related items.

Read The Article Here

NEW ARTICLE: New Jersey Senate Bill S3340 – Expands opportunities for restaurants, bars, distilleries, and breweries to provide outdoor dining and permits certain sales at seasonal farm markets in response to COVID-19 public health emergency.

Read The Bill HERE

NEW ARTICLE: SUSTAINING THE ORGANIZATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC BY NJAPZA PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIR, JACKIE COOMBS-HOLLIS, MPA

2020 has been a year like no other! Local governments throughout the State continue to promulgate revised procedures and protocols for maintaining core services while ensuring the health and safety of local government staff and the general public. During these uncertain times, you might have asked yourself, “how can I better navigate the changes as I serve the public?’ Many of us are asking the same questions, but we do not have to navigate the answers alone.

Read “SUSTAINING THE ORGANIZATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC” Here

THE PERMIT EXTENSION ACT OF 2020 AND ITS IMPACT ON DEVELOPMENT PERMITS AND APPLICATIONS

By:  F. Clifford Gibbons, Esq.[1]

          On July 1, 2020, Governor Phillip Murphy signed into law S-2346/A-3919, The Permit Extension Act of 2020 (“PEA 2020″), N.J.S.A. 40:55D-136.2 et seq. PEA 2020 is an omnibus law with the purpose of tolling certain permits and approvals in order to prevent the wholesale abandonment of approved projects and activities due to the unfavorable economic conditions resulting from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, thereby preventing a waste of public and private resources and allowing for the quick resumption of projects when it is safe to restart normal business and government activity. All municipal planning and zoning officials, board professionals, and private land use practitioners should be aware of this important legislation. .

Read “THE PERMIT EXTENSION ACT OF 2020” Here

Check In on Planning & Zoning Offices …  How are you doing?

Applications – Hopefully at this point all PB/ZB Administrators should have some handle as to the status of the applications already in the process.  If you haven’t done so already, reach out via email (if you have remote access to your office system or have someone who is going into your office send them) and ask for an extension through July 31, 2020.

Does your town have a policy that no public can submit to the offices and requiring all submission must be done either electronically or by mail/UPS/Fed Ex etc.?  Check with your supervisors/administration if this is something that can be considered.

Public Meetings

Formal Hearings – Due to the restrictions on public gatherings, public hearings are still in limbo as the various legal teams, state and local, figure out compliance with OPMA & MLUL.  If you are in contact with your Board attorneys, discuss the challenges you face on the municipal side:

  • public access to view application prior to the hearing
  • no electronic process to file applications
  • controlling public comments during the webinars to ensure the Board hearings follow the MLUL/OPMA statutes

At this point, everyone is dealing with the new normal and it will take time to work out all of the details.

General Outreach

Emails – Many applicants and attorneys may seem overly pushy as to when to get back to business.  You’ll receive inquires as to next hearing, when can the sign off occur, need a building permit – the list goes on and on.

This is a good opportunity for you to circle the wagons of your support groups – either by email or meeting electronically through Zoom.  Schedule these meetings weekly.  Talking through what is facing the office on a daily basis and how best to respond provides a tremendous amount of support and shows the public that they are not forgotten.

NJAPZA is here for you through these times … please reach out to us with your questions.

To donate to the Jackie Zelinka Memorial Scholarship, please make your checks payable to : NJAPZA – Jackie Zelinka Scholarship and mail to: Christina Schwartz, Executive Director PO Box 217 Long Branch, NJ 07740

About The NJAPZA

The Mission of the NJAPZA is to educate our members to the legal requirements of planning and zoning administration and public employment and thereby to promote a better understanding of the official duties and obligations of its members.

Announcements

President: David Kois

Vice President: Sal Poli

Treasurer: Erik Brachman

Secretary: Joann Ricks

Click HERE for the Continuing Education Opportunities at the 2019 New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference for Planning/Zoning Board Secretaries, Zoning Officials, and Land Use Administrators

NJAPZA will be awarding this scholarship annually. Individuals new to Planning & Zoning and enrolled in one of the introductory classes offered by Rutgers Center for Government Services seeking certification as either a Board Secretary or Zoning Official are eligible to apply.

To donate, please make your checks payable to : NJAPZA – Jackie Zelinka Scholarship
and mail to:
Christina Schwartz, Executive Director
NJAPZA PO Box 217

Long Branch, NJ 07740