Permit Extension Act Poised for Governor’s Signature

Today, the New Jersey State Senate voted to extend the Permit Extension Act in the 9 Sandy-affected counties for another year until December 31, 2016 (many approvals will be extended until June 30, 2017). It is anticipated that the Governor will sign this Legislation sometime in early July.

Doing The “One–Two” At NJDEP

Coastal private land owners’ (and local government units’) burden of restoring waterfront improvements damaged by Super Storm Sandy have been lightened by relief inspired by Governor Christie in the form of emergent permit by rule adoptions by NJ DEP http://www.nj.gov/dep/landuse/sandy.html.  The emergent relief was adopted to expedite the restoration of $Billions of damaged property throughout […]

Governor Signs Automatic Variance Bill For Sandy Rebuilding

Governor Chris Christie has signed the so-called “Automatic Variance” law to make it easier to raise buildings to the new FEMA base elevations.  The law applies to the rebuilding of a structure destroyed or damaged by Superstorm Sandy, as well as to existing structures that survived Sandy.  Effective immediately a structure of the same vertical […]

Legislature Passes Automatic Variance Bill for Sandy Rebuilding

Both houses of New Jersey’s Legislature have unanimously approved the so-called “Automatic Variance” law to make it easier to raise buildings to the new FEMA base elevations.  The law applies to the rebuilding of any structure destroyed or damaged by Superstorm Sandy, as well as to existing structures that survived Sandy.  A structure of the […]

FEMA Releases New Base Flood Elevation Maps

On June 17, 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) released new base flood elevation maps (“BFEs”) – providing much-needed guidance to homeowners still debating how to address flood-related damage suffered during Superstorm Sandy.  The new BFEs substantially revise the advisory base flood elevation maps (“ABFEs”) released by FEMA in December 2012.  Most importantly, the […]

FEMA Announces Release Dates For Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM’s)

In a recent regulatory update, FEMA has announced its projected release dates for its Digital Flood Insurance Rates Maps (DFIRM’s), with the schedule being broken down by county. Below are the release dates for each county: Atlantic County: September 30, 2013 Bergen County: September 30, 2013 Cape May County: October 31, 2013 Essex County: August […]

FEMA Maps Rollout Delayed: Release Scheduled For End Of June 2013

FEMA working maps were supposed to be rolled out by the end of May.  These maps precede the formal draft flood elevation maps, which initiate a formal comment period to FEMA.  Instead, we are advised that these maps will roll out at the end of June.  Once these working maps are released, they will be […]

Super Storm Sandy Environmental Law Update

The impact of Super Storm Sandy will be felt for many years.  The New Jersey State Legislature appears eager to share the stage of leadership with Governor Christie by enacting new laws to assist in recovery efforts but also to plan for the future. NJ DEP adopted emergency regulations to facilitate shore rebuilding as previously […]