Land Development & Sustainable Building

In 2004, the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (the “Act”) became law. The law created two distinct regions, the Preservation Area and the Planning Area. Development in the Preservation Area was severely restricted under the Act. To address the loss of development rights in the Preservation Area, the Act also authorized a

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the Stimulus Bill. Among the numerous programs encompassed within the Stimulus Bill are significant proposed expenditures for environmental and energy projects. There are many opportunities for businesses to capitalize on the federal funding and tax incentives provided

Businesses and property owners can use solar systems to reduce their annual energy costs and even generate income. The cost of installing these systems is significant. However, there are a number of incentives from the federal and state governments that reduce the upfront costs of solar system installation and generate money for many years after the initial

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") is expected to adopt new rules governing the reporting of emissions of certain greenhouse gases in the near future.  These new rules were proposed recently pursuant to the Global Warming Response Act of 2007, which required the DEP to establish a greenhouse gas emission monitoring and

In June 2008, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced a $4.3 million dollar settlement against four national residential real estate development companies. The government alleged that those companies violated the federal Clean Water Act (“CWA”) requirements addressing the discharge of stormwater (i.e., rainwater/snow melt runoff) from construction sites. Under the CWA, a permit and a stormwater