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NJICLE Holds its Annual Environmental Law Section Forum

Posted in Development/Redevelopment, Environmental & Green Issues
On the weekend of June 24-26, 2011, the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education ("NJICLE") in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association ("NJSBA"), and New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, held its annual Environmental Law Section Forum Weekend ("the Forum"). Taking place in Avalon, New Jersey, the Forum featured three days of seminars covering various hot-button environmental topics including, Funding for Remediating Sites, Vapor Intrusion, the LSRP Program, Non-Governmental Organizations' Perspectives on Issues and Resolutions, the well-known NJDEP v. Occidental case also referred to as the Lower Passaic River litigation, Climate Change, and rounded out the weekend with two programs on Ethical Issues including Alternative Fee Arrangements and Multi-Party Settlements.… Continue Reading

National Association of Women Lawyers Confers Outstanding Member Award on Nancy Lottinville

Posted in Development/Redevelopment, Transactional Real Estate & Leasing
On Thursday, July 21, 2011, Nancy A. Lottinville, Esq., Counsel to Gibbons P.C.'s Newark based Real Property & Environmental Department was awarded the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award by the National Association of Women Lawyers, the first national bar association for women established in 1899. Ms. Lottinville, along with six other attorneys chosen from NAWL's nationwide membership, accepted the award at NAWL's Annual Meeting held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. NAWL presents the Outstanding Member Award to NAWL members for exemplary contributions to NAWL. Ms. Lottinville's contributions include several years of service on multiple committees including the 2011 Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting Logistics Committee, as well as Program Committee member for the 2010 New Jersey NAWL Night of Giving and the 2011 New Jersey Supreme Court Appellate Advocacy Program.… Continue Reading

A New Jersey Statute That May Go a Long Way On Your Next Solar or Wind Project!

Posted in Development/Redevelopment, Environmental & Green Issues
Experienced New Jersey developers and land use attorneys understand the challenges that face an applicant when the proposed use is not expressly permitted in the municipality's zoning district wherethe subject property is located. The challenge is only more complicated if the proposed use involves novel or unfamiliar technology such as renewable energy. However, in New Jersey, the government has been proactive in welcoming renewable energy projects through grants and legislation, making New Jersey definitely the place to be if you want to develop property geared towards the creation of a renewable energy facility powered by solar or wind.… Continue Reading

How to Avoid “Sun-block” – New Jersey’s Solar Easements Act

Posted in Development/Redevelopment, Environmental & Green Issues
As more and more business owners and homeowners in New Jersey take advantage of the incentives available to build and maintain solar energy systems and solar panels, it's important that such investments be protected from unwanted disputes with neighbors. A little known New Jersey statute may be able to help.… Continue Reading

Muddied Waters – EPA’s Stormwater Rules for Construction Projects

Posted in Development/Redevelopment, Environmental & Green Issues
Roman lawyers were timed by water clocks which they realized could be slowed by the addition of dirt or sand and thereby gaining more time to argue. Hence lawyers are often cited for "muddying the waters." In the case challenging the US Environmental Protection Agency's stormwater rules for construction sites, it is the court that has muddied the waters. By holding the suit in abeyance, but keeping the problematic standard in place, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has managed to confuse all of the parties.… Continue Reading

New Jersey Business & Industry Association Recognizes Company Excellence

Posted in Development/Redevelopment, Environmental & Green Issues
On Wednesday evening, October 19, 2010, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) presented its annual "Awards For Excellence" to eleven New Jersey businesses for laudable Business Expansion, Environmental Quality, as Outstanding Employers, and for Public Service. Gibbons P.C. was amongst four companies honored for Public Service, joining two Gibbons clients, Peloton Advantage, LLC, the winner of the Business Expansion Award, and Hall's Warehouse Corp., honored with a NJ Businesses Environmental Quality Award.… Continue Reading

USEPA Issues Plan for Encouraging Reuse of Land Fills and Mines for Renewable Energy Development

Posted in Development/Redevelopment, Environmental & Green Issues
On October 15, the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("USEPA") released a draft plan addressing its RE Powering Americas Land Initiative. The Initiative is designed to encourage development of renewable energy projects on current and formerly contaminated land and mine sites. The plan focuses on providing useful resources for communities, developers, industry, state and local governments or anyone interested in reusing such sites for renewable energy development.… Continue Reading

Solar Energy Development in New Jersey: Right Time, Right Place!

Posted in Development/Redevelopment, Environmental & Green Issues, Transactional Real Estate & Leasing
All of us are intrigued by the concept of utilizing a clean, renewable energy source to generate abundant and cheap power for our homes and businesses. Some of us have even investigated installing a renewable energy system, but have come away disappointed due to onerous regulatory obstacles and the high cost associated with these installations. That is, unless you are looking into installing a solar energy power facility in New Jersey.… Continue Reading

Douglas Janacek: Panelist at Standing-Room Only “Solar Energy for New Jersey Businesses” Event

Posted in Environmental & Green Issues
More than 500 business owners, senior executives and industry representatives throughout the state attended a conference on August 19, sponsored by Gibbons P.C. and EisnerAmper LLP - Solar Energy for New Jersey Businesses, Developing & Financing Your Own On-Site Solar Facility - at the Woodbridge Hilton in Iselin, NJ.… Continue Reading

Here Comes the Sun: New Jersey Exempts Solar Panels from Impervious Coverage Limits

Posted in Development/Redevelopment, Environmental & Green Issues
A recently enacted New Jersey law encourages the use of solar energy by allowing solar panels to be excluded from the computation of impervious coverage when determining whether a development project complies with impervious coverage limitations. The new law, P.L.2010, c.4 , amends the Pinelands Protection Act, Coastal Area Facility Review Act, Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act, County Planning Act, Waterfront Development Law, and Municipal Land Use Law, as well as laws pertaining to the conversion of age-restricted community developments.… Continue Reading

New Jersey Proposes Addition of Solar Power Facilities to its Green Initiative

Posted in Development/Redevelopment, Environmental & Green Issues, Transactional Real Estate & Leasing
Solar and Wind Energy Generation facilities may soon join the category of uses designated as permitted of right by New Jersey statute rather than by individual municipal ordinance, thus preempting municipal zoning powers granted under the Municipal Land Use Law, N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq. (MLUL).… Continue Reading