NJ bill locking in zoning advances in Senate; could halt local historic designations
Yesterday a NJ Senate Committee approved a controversial bill that would allow builders to lock-in the local zoning on a particular property for several years merely by filing an application for development. Taking a sledgehammer to a problem that calls for careful surgery, the measure, if enacted, could prevent a municipality from establishing a historic district if a developer – years away from a viable or realistic project – merely files an application for development in the historic area.
“This legislation discourages smart growth, undermines sound planning strategies, and is not in the best interest of the public,” said William Dressel, executive director of the League of Municipalities, in opposing the bill before the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.
Sponsored by Sens. Jeff Van Drew (Cape May) and Ron Rice (Newark), chair and vice-chair respectively of the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee, the bill passed that committee on Thursday. See more information in the Star Ledger.