COVID-19 Impacts on Boards of Adjustment and Planning Boards in New Jersey

By |2020-06-01T10:58:53-05:00June 1st, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use, COVID-19|

By: Jeffrey Hall As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in the Tri-State area, it has had profound effects on the business of government.  The procedures involved in the planning and zoning process in New Jersey have been significantly impacted.  It seems that the Planning and Zoning Boards in every municipality have abandoned their usual [...]

Zoning v. Handicap: A Case of Conflict

By |2020-05-05T10:24:58-05:00May 5th, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use|

By: Bruce Sattin An interesting case at the intersection of zoning and discrimination law was recently decided by a Federal District Court Judge in New Jersey. Joanne Gifford owns a home in a redevelopment zone in Jersey City. Ms. Gifford suffers from medical issues that restrict her mobility and prevent her from walking any [...]

The Deadline to Appeal New Jersey Assessments Extends Indefinitely

By |2020-04-29T08:44:52-05:00April 29th, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use, COVID-19|

By: Jeffrey Hall This has been a most unusual tax appeal season.  Normally, most assessments must be appealed by April 1st (May 1st in a revaluation municipality) but not this year!  On March 19, the Supreme Court issued an Order under the authority of the New Jersey Constitution.  NJ CONST. ART. VI Sec. 2, [...]

Ongoing Storm Rule Banished From New Jersey

By |2020-04-17T15:10:37-05:00April 16th, 2020|Business, Commercial Real Estate & Land Use|

By: Jeffrey Hall In a decision approved for publication, the Appellate Division decided the case of Pareja v. Princeton International Properties,___N.J. Super___ DOCKET NO. A-2111-18T3 (App. Div. April 9, 2020).  This decision lays to rest the long-standing notion that the so-called “ongoing storm rule” protected commercial property owners from liability from slip-and-fall claims that [...]

Variance Clears the Way for Independent Living Facility in Hamilton Township

By |2020-08-06T13:16:13-05:00January 11th, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use, Litigation Cases, Verdicts and Settlements|

Lionel J. Frank obtained a variance from the Hamilton Township Zoning Board of Adjustment to allow construction of a new care program for seniors in the Greater Mercer County area. LIFE St. Francis is a new, community based long-term care program that allows elderly individuals who would have no option other than a nursing home [...]

$1 Million Property Tax Appeal Settlement

By |2020-08-06T13:05:25-05:00January 11th, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use, Litigation Cases, Verdicts and Settlements|

$1 Million Property Tax Appeal Settlement Bob Gladstone, Of Counsel, recently obtained a recovery package in excess of $1 million in a property tax assessment appeal case. Our client, a 150-acre shore area country club and golf course, filed an appeal of their property assessment over three years ago. Unable to reach a favorable [...]

Success Stories: Land Use

By |2020-08-06T10:45:33-05:00January 10th, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use, Litigation Cases, Verdicts and Settlements|

Eagle Group of Princeton v. Zoning Bd. of Adjustment of Arnold Lakind representing Eagle Group of Princeton A developer, who sought to build a convenience store on a corner of two busy roads in a residential zone, applied for a use variance. The Hamilton Township Board of Adjustment denied the application, and its decision was [...]

Success Stories: Environmental Law

By |2020-08-06T10:45:55-05:00January 10th, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use, Litigation, Litigation Cases|

Atlantic City Electric Co. v. Bardin, 145 N.J. Super. 438 (App. Div. 1976) Arnold Lakind representing the Natural Resource Council Atlantic City Electric Company appealed a determination of the Natural Resource Council of the Division of Marine Services of the Department of Environmental Protection, which had refused to offer the company an irrevocable license to [...]

New Tax on Short Terms Property Rentals Threatens Shore Communities

By |2020-02-04T15:45:17-05:00May 22nd, 2019|Business, Commercial Real Estate & Land Use|

While most of us were distracted by the potential for a New Jersey government shutdown over Governor Murphy’s demand for revisions to the so-called millionaire’s tax this past fall, one tax provision found its way into the compromise legislation without much attention. Dubbed the “Airbnb” tax, the New Jersey legislature has adopted a tax [...]

Fall Into Tax Appeals – The Value of Starting Early

By |2020-02-04T16:25:53-05:00November 1st, 2018|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use|

An Article by: Jeffrey M. Hall Welcome to the second segment of our Tax Appeals advice! In Article 1, we explained some of the concepts and math to illustrate how presumed market value is calculated. This time around we will take a deeper dive and show you options and tactics in pursuing a reduction in [...]

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