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Posted on: February 16, 2024

Bills Preempting Municipal Land Use Controls Over ADUs Advances

Two bills that were combined (S-1106 and S-2347) advanced out of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. The legislation would authorize owners of property zoned for single- or two-family residential use to develop accessory dwelling un...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: February 2, 2024

NJ Watershed Institute Hosting 7th Annual Watershed Conference

The Watershed Conference is an annual educational and networking event on topics related to watershed health in New Jersey.  

The theme this year is regional/watershed planning, a collaborative strategy to address the impacts of ...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: January 26, 2024

DOH ask Local Entities to Complete Survey

The DOH is requesting that county and municipal government professionals, staff, youth groups, and parent groups participate in a survey provide feedback on the redesign of DOH’s Parent Link web page. The survey must be complet...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: January 26, 2024

Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund Grants

Earlier this week the Department of Community Affairs (DCAposted announced the New Jersey Historic Trust (the Trust)  Preservation Fund grant funding for 2024 is available....

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Process to Adopt New State Plan to Begin Soon

As you may be aware, the State Planning Commission has been engaging with stakeholders to update the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan (State Plan). As part of the update process, the Commission is currently drafting a ...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Bills of Interest Signed by Governor

Governor Murphy has acted on the remaining 2022-2023 Legislative term bills on his desk. Below are some of the new laws that may impact your municipality: ? 

 

P.L. 2023, c. 33...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: December 21, 2023

Division Issues Guidance on CY 2024 Budget

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2023-22 providing updates on the 2024 calendar year budget process for counties and municipalities, including deadline extensions, COVID special emergencies, and capital budgets for...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: December 15, 2023

Legislation Expanding Electronic Permit Processing System Passes

This week, the Senate unanimously passed S-3551 and the Assembly unanimously passed A-5036 to expand the Electronic Permit Processing Review System. The bills were amended in committee to make them identical.   

This legislation amends cu...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: December 1, 2023

Bill Reducing Parking Availability Advances

On Thursday, the Assembly State and Local Government Committee favorably reported A-4984/S-3605, which would reduce the number of parking spaces required under the statewide site improvement standards at residential developments by 20%, 30%, and 50%, rela...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: November 3, 2023

CSSR Announces Relaunch of Brownfield Development Area Program

Contaminated Site Remediation and Redevelopment (CSSR) has announced the relaunching of the Brownfield Development Area (BDA) Program. 

Under the BDA approach, the CSSR’s Office of Brownfield & Community Revitalization works with sel...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: October 13, 2023

Reminder to Complete the NJ Clean Energy Programs Survey

The Rutgers Center for Green Building (RCGB) is conducting an online survey for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to better understand how the New Jersey Clean Energy program can better meet the needs of municipalities. The goal is to gain ...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: October 12, 2023

Urge Congress to Oppose Local Franchise Authority Legislation

Working with our federal partner, the National League of Cities, the League urges you to reach out to your Member of Congress and oppose H.R. 3557.  

Please read NLC’s recent blog post for more information, as well as the joint letter fr...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: October 6, 2023

NJDOL Enhances Portal for Fair Wage Transparency & Compliance

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) recently added a New Jersey Certified Payroll Database, to its New Jersey Wage Hub. This data based allows for certified payroll records submitted by public work contractors to be availa...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: September 25, 2023

Reminder to Complete the NJ Clean Energy Programs Survey

The Rutgers Center for Green Building (RCGB) is conducting an online survey for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to better understand how the New Jersey Clean Energy program can better meet the needs of municipalities. The goal is to gain ...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Governor Names Jaquelyn Suárez as Acting DCA Commissioner

Governor Murphy has named Division of Local Government Services Director Jacquelyn Suárez as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Effective September, 18 Suárez will serve as Acting DCA Commissioner pendi...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: September 15, 2023

NJ Clean Energy Programs Survey

The Rutgers Center for Green Building (RCGB) is conducting an online survey for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to better understand how the New Jersey Clean Energy program can better meet the needs of municipalities. The goal is to gain ...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement & Recycled Materials Bill Signed

Acting Governor Tahesha Way signed into law A-4797/S-3255, which concerns the percentage of reclaimed asphalt pavement and recycled materials that can be used for certain road projects. P.L. 2023, c.160 takes effect in March 2024.  

The new law re...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: September 15, 2023

New Workplace Accountability in Labor List (WALL) Now Live

The New Jersey Department of Labor Workforce Development's (NJDOL) Workplace Accountability in Labor List (WALL) is now available. 

This list includes entities found to be in violation of New Jersey's wage, benefit, and tax laws. Entities listed o...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: September 8, 2023

Lunch & Learn: State Planning Commission – State Plan Update

The State Planning Commission has embarked on updating the State Development and Redevelopment Plan.   Come learn about the Plan, the process involved, and how the Commission can help make this process valuable to municipal stakeholders. After an...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: September 1, 2023

NJDEP Holds Inland Flood Protection Rule Q&A Session

On Thursday, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) hosted an “Ask the Administrator Q&A Session” to answer questions from the public regarding the Inland Flood Protection rule and implementation.

On hand to answer questions were...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: August 28, 2023

Have Your Voices Heard: Send in Your Conference Resolutions

Sending in Conference Resolutions that suggest changes to improve municipal life helps build the foundation for the League Legislative team’s annual actions.

If you have a topic to improve local government and address an issue impacting local gov...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: August 25, 2023

DCA Issues Proposed Rules Regulating Third-Party Inspectors

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has published proposed rules amending the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) to expand the use of private on-site inspection agencies, in accordance with the law adopted last year. 

In accordance with&nbs...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: August 25, 2023

NJDEP Publishes Proposed Rules for Advanced Clean Cars Program

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has issued proposed new rules and amendments to the Air Pollution Control rules, related to the state’s Advanced Clean Cars II Program. 

The primary component of this rulemaking is the ...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: August 24, 2023

NJBPU Proposes Rule Amendments Applicable to Municipalities

On August 21, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) published proposed rule amendments governing all utilities, including municipal water and wastewater utilities. These changes include:  

  1. The extension of the Winter Termination Program to ...
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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: August 24, 2023

U.S. Treasury Releases Interim Final Rule on ARPA Flex

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Treasury released its long-awaited Interim Final Rule on ARPA Flex and an Overview of the Interim Final Rule. ARPA Flex was a provision passed by Congress in December 2022. 

This rule cr...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: August 21, 2023

Plan Your Education Sessions

Dozens of sessions have been posted with their full CEU credits on the League Conference website. Start planning today!

For those attending the Conference with earning continuing education credits on their to-do list, planning is easier than ever this year...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: August 18, 2023

Governor Signs Bill Requiring Online PWCR & Payroll Certificates

Governor Murphy signed into law S-1442/A-5345, which requires public works contractor registration and payroll certification for public works projects to be completed online. P.L. 2023, c. 138 will take effect next year on August 16, 2024.  &...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: August 1, 2023

Early Bird Conference Registration Now Open!

Registration for the 108th Annual League Conference is now open! Take advantage of the lowest rates of the year, saving $40 off the regular registration cost with Early Bird pricing running Aug. 1-Sept. 30.

Early Bird Registration rates are:

  • Government/Nonp...
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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: July 28, 2023

Lunch & Learn: NJDEP – Extreme Heat Resilience Action Plan

Earlier this week the League held a Lunch and Learn with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on its Extreme Heat Resilience Action Plan. A recording of the program is now available on the League’s website.

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: July 28, 2023

State Health Benefits Plan Design Committee Meets

The State Health Benefits Program Design Committee (PDC) met on July 26, 2023. They focused on the issue of rising service costs, identified as the main factor for the uptick in state health benefits expenses. 

The committee passed nine resolution...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: July 24, 2023

Advance Your Causes with Conference Resolutions

If you have a topic to improve local government and address an issue impacting local governance, send in a Conference Resolution for consideration at this year’s Annual Conference. Any elected officials currently in municipal office, municipal professiona...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: July 7, 2023

Governor Signs Bill Assisting First-Generation Homebuyers

This week, Governor Murphy signed into law S-3780. The new law provides down payment assistance and provides tax credits to developers that commit to construct or reconstruct housing for certain low to moderate income households.

Prior to the signing of&am...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: June 29, 2023

Congress Moves to Reauthorize National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization (NFIP-RE) Act of 2023 (H.R.4349/S.2142) has been introduced in both the House and Senate with bipartisan support in both chambers. 

The National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization (NFIP Re)...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: June 9, 2023

Inland Flood Protection Rules to Take Effect in July

The new Inland Flood Protection Rules update New Jersey’s existing flood hazard and stormwater regulations by replacing current precipitation estimates with modern data that attempts to account for observed and projected increases in ra...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: June 8, 2023

Bill Limiting Review of Wireless Facilities Approved by Committee

On Monday, the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee amended and favorably reported A-4376, a bill that would further weaken already sparse local oversight of the collocation of wireless equipment in the local right of way. 

The Leag...

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Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
Posted on: June 2, 2023

House Advances Wireless and Cable Preemption Bill

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up 19 bills, including H.R. 3557, the American Broadband Deployment Act of 2023. This bill is of particular interest to local governments because it would codify in statute two relatively recent ac...

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