BLOG: Condemnation Law

Harrison Township Amendment to Redevelopment Plan Affirmed on Appeal

by: Joseph Grather
26 Nov 2013
In an unpublished per curiam opinion, the Appellate Division affirmed dismissal of a property owner’s challenge to a municipal ordinance adopting an amended redevelopment plan. Mullica Hills Supermarkets, LLC v. Harrison. The background followed the familiar redevelopment path.  An area was designated “in need of redevelopment” in 2008, and a redevelopment plan was adopted contemporaneous... Read More

Mt Holly Gardens Case Settles Before USSCT Review

by: Joseph Grather
18 Nov 2013
As recently reported by the New York Times, the infamous Mt Holly Gardens redevelopment/discrimination case settled before the United States Supreme Court heard argument scheduled for December 4, 2013. The Supreme Court granted certiorari back in June, and the case was eagerly anticipated by Civil Rights groups across the nation. Olga Pomar of South Jersey Legal Services... Read More

Hoboken Property Owner's Inverse Condemnation Claim Fails

by: Joseph Grather
13 Nov 2013
In a two-judge unpublished opinion (full text here), a New Jersey appeals court reviewed a property owner’s claim that the City’s tactic – of threatening acquisition by eminent domain during land use proceedings – was a taking of private property warranting payment of just compensation. (100 Paterson Realty, LLC v. City of Hoboken, Docket No.... Read More

Supreme Court Fails to "c" Property Owner’s Argument on Variance

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
11 Nov 2013
The New Jersey Supreme Court recently considered whether it was proper, at a trial to determine just compensation, to allow a jury to hear evidence regarding the likelihood of a zoning approval without having the trial court first determine, outside of the jury’s presence, that there was a reasonable probability of such approval.  The issue... Read More

NJ Appellate Court Confirms Property Owners' Right to Compensation For Loss of Ocean View

by: Joseph Grather
30 Oct 2013
On October 28, 2013, the Superior Court of N.J., Appellate Division published an opinion in back to back appeals captioned Petrozzi v. City of Ocean City .  Both cases had their nascence long before Sandy casts its long shadow on New Jersey beaches and property owners.  Having no dune protection in place, in 1989, Ocean City reached... Read More

Redundant But True: Tenant's Relocation Claims Denied…For Failure to Relocate

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
15 Oct 2013
A New Jersey appellate court recently rejected a commercial tenant’s claims for relocation benefits and assistance arising out of a displacement caused by a redevelopment project in Wrightstown Borough, near the Fort Dix military establishment.   The claimant, Andrew Rosen, was the owner of Wright Cleaners, which had been operated at the same location since... Read More

Supreme Court to Take Another Look at Meaning of "In Need of Redevelopment"?

by: Joseph Grather
7 Oct 2013
Late last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court certified this question: “When designating private property as in need of redevelopment pursuant to sections 5(a), (b) and (d) of the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law,  N.J.S.A.   40A:12A-1 to -73, must the municipality expressly find that the property is “blighted” pursuant to the Blighted Areas Clause of... Read More

Dune Replenishment Case Settled, So State Gives Green Light To Acquire Remaining Easements

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
25 Sep 2013
Today we may have learned why there has not been any noticeable progress in the government’s acquisition of approximately 1,000 dune easements in several municipalities on the Jersey Shore.  This afternoon, a settlement was reported between the Borough of Harvey Cedars and Mr. and Mrs. Karan, which resulted in the ruling this summer from the... Read More

Bipartisan Redevelopment Reform Becomes Law in New Jersey

by: Joseph Grather
11 Sep 2013
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law  bipartisan legislation (A-3615/S-2447) this week that was intended to correct several due process and constitutional failures in the prior statute found by the New Jersey Courts in Harrison Redevelopment Agency v. DeRose, 398 N.J. Super. 361 (App. Div. 2008); and Gallenthin Realty Development v. Paulsboro, 191 N.J. 344 (2007).... Read More

Down-Zoning Invalidated by Appellate Division

by: Joseph Grather
10 Sep 2013
In Griepenburg v. Township of Ocean, decided August 29, 2013, the a New Jersey appellate court invalidated an Ocean Township zoning ordinance that down-zoned the plaintiffs’ thirty-one acre property from a mix of residential and commercial uses (including hotel) to one residential unit per twenty acres.  The Township’s offered justification for the ordinance was to... Read More