Stone Harbor to amend pool setback standards

On August 7, 2018 Stone Harbor may amend its zoning ordinance to permit pools to be established in the rear yard of bayfront lots under certain specifications.


The New Jersey Public Recreational Bathing Facility Code, N.J.A.C. 8:26-1.1 et seq. (“the Code”) was recently amended in ways that will impact community associations (e.g. condominium and homeowners’ associations) having at least three dwelling units.

Construction Permit No Longer Required for Roofing & Siding Jobs on One & Two Family Dwellings

The NJ Department of Community Affairs has reclassified roofing or siding jobs on one and two-family dwellings as minor work and ordinary maintenance, and now includes them on its list of home improvement jobs that no longer are subject to inspection. As such, it is no longer necessary to secure a construction permit to perform the work. The new rules took effect on Monday March 6, 2018.

Filing a property tax appeal is more important than ever under new federal tax law

We now have new federal tax laws for 2018. Perhaps the most significant impact on New Jersey will be the $10,000.00 cap on the deduction for state income and property taxes. Until now, New Jersey residents were able to deduct 100% of their state income and property taxes. Under the new federal tax code, that deduction is capped at $10,000.00.

New Developer-Friendly Site Plan Bond Requirements Enacted

On January 15, during his last day in office, Gov. Chris Christie signed into law Assembly Bill 1425/Senate Bill 3233, which implements major reforms to the requirements for the posting of performance and maintenance guarantees under the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL), N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq. The new law is effective immediately. Municipalities are now constrained from requiring performance and maintenance guarantees for private improvements in a development.