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  • Tue January 21, 2014, 3:51 pm
    Site Remediation Extension of Time Bill Gives 2 Additional Years for Completion of Remedial Investigation of Contaminated Sites Two Year of Extension of May 7, 2014 Deadline For Completion of Remedial Investigation of Contaminated Sites For thos...
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  • Mon November 4, 2013, 7:14 pm
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  • Sun September 29, 2013, 4:12 pm
    NJ Supreme Court Rejects COAH’s Third Round Regulations New Jersey Supreme Court Rejects COAH’s Third Round Regulations On Thursday, the New Jersey Supreme Court, by a 3...
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  • Thu May 23, 2013, 10:28 am
    De Facto Merger of LP Into LLC Does Not Preclude Transfer of Prior Entity’s Rights May 23 2013 -In I/M/O Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund Innocent Party Grant Application Cliflake Associates LLC...
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  • Tue April 30, 2013, 8:02 pm
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  • Mon March 25, 2013, 7:14 pm
    Hydraulic Fracturing Update New York Home Rule Power To Curb Fracking Upheld In Lenape v. Town of Avon et al., case number 1060-2012, in New York...
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  • Sun March 24, 2013, 11:39 am
    Creation of Hydraulic Fracturing Performance Standards Shell, Chevron, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Clean Air Task Force, Consol Energy, the EQT Corporation, the Group ...
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  • Tue March 5, 2013, 7:42 pm
    Zoning Protections Lost For Hurricane Sandy Damaged Structures Deemed “Totally” Destroyed The Appellate Division yesterday made it more difficult for property owners trying to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. The...
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  • Fri March 1, 2013, 2:17 pm
    NJ Court Holds That Age Restricted Development May Be Marketed With No Age Restriction March 1 2013 - The Court, in Sharbell Building Company, LLC v. Planning Board of The Township of Robbinsville, held that...
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  • Tue February 5, 2013, 8:15 pm
    NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Requisite Nexus For Liability Under the Spill Act February 5 2013 - In NJ Department. of Environmental Protection v. Dimant, 212 N.J. 153 (2012), the New Jersey Supreme C...
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Governor Christie’s Plan to Abolish the Council on Affordable Housing Overturned By Appellate Court

An appellate court Thursday March 8, 2012 overturned Governor Christie’s executive order of June to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) and fold its functions into the state Department of Community Affairs. That plan would have given municipalities and the governor more control over determining the number of affordable-housing units required for development projects. The Governor argued that it would save money, reduce regulations, and simplify the administration of affordable housing. The Fair Share Housing Center sued, alleging the governor did not have the power to eliminate an independent agency under the under the Reorganization Act. The organization argued that with COAH under the control of DCA - which is led by a commissioner appointed by the governor - transparency would be eliminated and public hearings would be replaced by behind-closed-doors decisions where the Commissioner could unilaterally waive affordable-housing obligations. The court ruled that Governor Christie did exceed his authority under the Reorganization Act when he abolished COAH and that only the Legislature do that. The ruling held that the Governor could not abolish any agency that was created by the Legislature and is an independent authority, even if it technically sits within the executive branch.

Governor Christie’s administration has confirmed that he remains committed to aboloshing COAH and the Governor has appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court. One thing is certain. The legal battle over COAH’s fate guarantees continued uncertainty around the affordable-housing obligations of developers.

The Law Office of Christopher D. Hopkins, LLC. has substantial experience in calculating and negotiating the affordable housing obligations of various development projects. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your issues.

About The Law Office of Christopher D. Hopkins, LLC

The Law Office of Christopher D. Hopkins, LLC is a boutique law firm located in Scotch Plains, New Jersey committed to providing the highest quality of legal services in the select areas of real estate, land use and environmental law. The firm is committed to working collaboratively with clients to achieve practical, cost effective results- whether it be in complex litigation, transactions, cleanups and/or development projects. The firm provides transactional and litigation counsel to a broad spectrum of clients including private and public corporations, trade associations, nonprofit institutions, banks, real estate investment trusts and individuals in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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