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Posted on: February 23, 2024

Update: Affordable Housing Legislation

As we have previously reported, the legislature is moving on bills that would overhaul the state’s affordable housing laws.  

The Assembly passed A-4 last week while the Senate counterpart S-50 has bee...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: February 16, 2024

Assembly Passes Affordable Housing Overhaul Bill

On Monday, in a vote along party lines, the Assembly passed A-4, which seeks to overhaul the State’s affordable housing policy. The bill included amendments made last week in the Assembly Appropriations Committ...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: February 14, 2024

Assembly Passes Affordable Housing Overhaul Bill

On Monday, in a vote along party lines, the Assembly passed A-4, which seeks to overhaul the State’s affordable housing policy. The bill included amendments made last week in the Assembly Appropriatio...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Affordable Housing Bill Advances in Committee Paving Vote’s Way

 

On Thursday, Assembly Bill A-4, legislation overhauling the State’s affordable housing policy, was reported favorably out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee with extensive committee amendments.  The committee amendments ...

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Posted on: February 3, 2024 | Last Modified on: April 21, 2023

Alert: Assembly Appropriations Committee Scheduled to Hear Housing Bill

Late Friday afternoon, it was announced that the Assembly Appropriations Committee will be meeting on Thursday, February 8 to consider several bills related to affordable housing including A-4.&nbs...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: February 2, 2024

Assembly Committee Advances Affordable Housing Bills

Updated.

On Monday, an affordable housing bill package, including legislation to overhaul the state’s Fair Housing Act and affordable housing policy was advanced out of the Assembly Housing Committee. Late Friday afternoon, it was then announced ...

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Posted on: February 2, 2024

Local Infrastructure Hub Offers Grant Bootcamp

The Local Infrastructure Hub is offering a second phase of free Grant Bootcamps for municipal officials for several federal grant opportunities.  

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has provided cities with oppor...

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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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: January 26, 2024

Senate Committee Advances Affordable Housing Bills

On Thursday, the affordable housing bill package, including legislation to overhaul the state’s Fair Housing Act and affordable housing policy was advanced out of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.  

A continuation of effo...

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Posted on: January 26, 2024

Court Declines to Force Governor to Appoint Members of COAH

Earlier this week an appellate panel declined to force Governor Murphy to make appointments to the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH). In a published decision, In the Matter of the Appoint...

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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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: January 26, 2024

NLC 2nd Vice President Testifies in Favor of NFIP Reauthorization

Athens, Ohio, Mayor Steve Patterson, National League of Cities’ (NLC) Second Vice President testified in favor of long term National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) reauthori...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: January 26, 2024

Application Process Open for LEAP Grants

FY 2024 Local Efficiency Achievement Program (LEAP) grant applications are now being accepted for $7.5 million in available funding. The program is aimed at encouraging towns to streamline government services to increase efficiency. 

The&...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Affordable Housing Overhaul Bill Scheduled for Committee Hearing

The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee will meet on Thursday, January 25 at 10 a.m. to review a host of bills related to affordable housing. This includes S-50, which would ...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Governor Signs Liquor License and Craft Brewery Legislation

On Tuesday, January 16, Governor Murphy signed into law S-4265/A-5915, now P.L. 2023, c. 290, changing liquor license laws to include the limited transfer o...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: January 12, 2024

Flood Mitigation Program Now Taking Applications on Rolling Basis

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has announced that effective immediately the Mitigation Assistance Program (MAP) will accept applications on a rolling basis from New Jerse...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: January 12, 2024

EPA Accepting Comments on Drinking Water Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a Proposed Rule for National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for Lead and Copper: Improvements (LCRI) and is accepting comments on the proposed...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: January 5, 2024

New Main Street New Jersey Applications Announced

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has announced the opening of a new application round for Main Street New Jersey (MSNJ) designations, set to begin on February 1. This initiative aims to admit qualified communities into the MSNJ program...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: January 5, 2024

Craft Brewery Bill Passes Committees

On January 3, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and Assembly Appropriations committee favorably released S-4265 and A-5912respectively. The legislation makes changes to...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: January 5, 2024

Bill Providing Grants to Assist Homeless Veterans Advancing

S-1564 is scheduled for a vote in the full Senate on Monday. The measure would expand an existing pilot program to authorize grants to purchase and rehabilitate abandoned homes for homeless veterans. 

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: January 5, 2024

Bill Overhauling Affordable Housing Held

Legislation overhauling the State’s Fair Housing Act and affordable housing policy has been held by the Assembly Appropriations Committee after initially moving quickly through the l...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: December 22, 2023

Bill Overhauling Affordable Housing Moving Through Legislature

After being first announced on Monday, December 18, at a joint press conference with Assembly Speaker Coughlin and Senate President Scutari, joined by Assemblywoman Lopez and Senator Singleton, A-4  was added to Assembly Housing...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: December 21, 2023

Affordable Housing Reform Bill is Advanced Through Assembly Committee

A recently introduced bill aimed at reforming the state’s affordable housing policy was released by the Assembly Housing Committee Wednesday after hearing testimony from numerous stakeholders, including the League. 

Assembly Bill A-4 wou...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: December 18, 2023

Legislative Leaders Announce Bills to Amend Fair Housing Act

Assembly Speaker Coughlin and Senate President Scutari, joined by Assemblywoman Lopez and Senator Singleton, held a joint press conference today to announce legislation to amend the Fair Housing Act (FHA). 

While bill language is not curr...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: December 15, 2023

Host of Affordable Housing Related Bills See Action in Assembly

On Monday, the Assembly Housing Committee reported favorably on several recently introduced bills related to affordable housing, including:

A-5604 “Exempts receipts from sales of materials, supplies, and services for certain affordable housing pr...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: November 3, 2023

NJDEP Releases Model Tree Removal/Replacement Ordinance

Last year the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) revised the Tier A Municipal Stormwater General Permit. They also took steps to reclassify all municipalities into the Tier A category. The revised permit requires municipalities to a...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: September 29, 2023

Mayor Bollwage Testified Before Congressional Committee

Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage, NJLM Past President, testified on Wednesday on reauthorization of the Brownfields Program on behalf of the League’s federal partner, the National League of Cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayo...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: August 25, 2023

New Rules and Amendments Proposed for NJ Historic Trust Grants

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has published proposed rules and amendments related to the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund Grants.

The New Jersey Historic Trust is authorized to implement funding for Open Space, Farmland, and Histor...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: July 21, 2023

State Enables Expansion of Harm Reduction Centers

This week, the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) published regulatory changes in the New Jersey Register to facilitate the development of harm reduction centers (HRC) throughout the state. Harm reduction centers are an important tool...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: July 7, 2023

Governor Signs Bill Establishing Urban Preservation Program

Governor Murphy has signed A-5596/S-3991 establishing the Urban Preservation Program to promote investments in rehabilitation and reconstruction projects dedicated to preserving affordable housing in urban areas.

The newly created Urban Preservation Fund p...

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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
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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Planning Officials (NJPO)
Posted on: May 17, 2023

NJPO News Flash

Welcome! This News Flash has been created for members of NJPO.

The New Jersey League of Municipalities offers several methods for you to receive news, announcements, legislative alerts, and event notices. In addition to our more traditional email newslette...

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