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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 […]

NJDEP Adopts Emergency Rules to Facilitate Reconstruction of Commercial Development and Marinas Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

On April 16, 2013, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) adopted emergency amendments to the Coastal Permit Program Rules, N.J.A.C. § 7:7 and Coastal Zone Management Rules, N.J.A.C. § 7:7E that are aimed at facilitating prompt and resilient reconstruction along the Jersey Shore in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.  Among the beneficiaries of […]

Procedures for Contractors Seeking to Participate in NJ Homeowner RREM Program

The State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has announced procedures for contractors interested in participating in the New Jersey Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) Program. A “Request for Interest” (RFI) was released on June 6, 2013, outlining the steps contractors will have to take in order to be admitted to […]

With Many Hurricane Sandy Victims Still Unable to Secure Temporary Housing, Will New Jersey’s Age-Restricted Communities Offer Up Vacant Units?

In New Jersey, there is a significant shortage of temporary housing for Hurricane Sandy victims.  Currently, about 2,790 households are living in hotel and motel rooms, rented for them by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), through its “temporary shelter assistance” program (“TSAP”).  When the TSAP expires at the end of January, about 1,100 of […]