Big Changes For Monmouth Property Tax Assessments

Big changes are quickly approaching for every single property owner in Monmouth County. Earlier this year, Governor Christie signed into law Senate Bill-1213 and Assembly-1591 (the “Act”) which taken together creates an “Assessment Demonstration Program” that will substantially change the property tax assessment and appeal process in New Jersey. The program modifies the timing of […]

Deed Restricting The Shoreline: Are Permanent Restrictions Workable In Light Of Changing Conditions?

A recent Asbury Park Press article (the web link provided below) highlights difficult practical and legal issues that may arise when shoreline properties are subject to permanent conservation or other “deed” restrictions.  Restrictions are legal instruments created at a fixed point in time that typically last in perpetuity.  The shoreline, by its nature, is ever […]

Have A Green Fourth of July

The July 4th celebration of this nation’s declaration of independence from Great Britain has been celebrated since 1776 and has become the pinnacle of summer fun. It’s the day to travel with your family and friends to the shore or your favorite lake, grill some hot dogs and hamburgers and watch the fireworks display after […]

US Supreme Court Sides with Private Property Owner on Regulatory Taking Claim

On June 25, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that is highly favorable to property owners faced with costly mitigation or other off-site requirements imposed as conditions in land use permits.  In Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District, the Court expanded the applicability of the so-called “Nollan/Dolan” standards, which govern […]