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“Automatic Variance” Bill For FEMA Base Elevations Passes NJ Legislature

On June 20, 2013, the NJ Senate and the NJ General Assembly unanimously approved a bill that would exempt homes affected by Superstorm Sandy from development regulations on building heights. Normally, homeowners must apply to their local municipality for a variance when construction alters the original zoning plan of the property. Given the new base […]

FEMA Releases New Base Flood Elevation Maps

On June 17, 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) released new base flood elevation maps (“BFEs”) – providing much-needed guidance to homeowners still debating how to address flood-related damage suffered during Superstorm Sandy.  The new BFEs substantially revise the advisory base flood elevation maps (“ABFEs”) released by FEMA in December 2012.  Most importantly, the […]