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March 17, 2010

Re:       I.        Ask the Governor to veto S-82/A-437. 
            II.        Update on S-1

Dear Mayor,

I.       Ask the Governor to veto S-82/A-437. 

As referenced in our letter yesterday, legislation which would eliminate the application of the time of decision in municipal land use approvals has now passed both the State Senate and the General Assembly.  

S-82/A-437 is opposed by a broad coalition of organizations including the League, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Federation, Conservation Foundation, New Jersey Planning Officials and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions.  It has been pushed by development interests.

Now, we turn to the Governor’s Office.    If you have not done so already, we recommend that you also contact the Governor’s Office to request a veto and express concerns of your municipality.    For your convenience, we have prepared a draft letter that you can edit as you see fit. 

The letter is online at: http://njslom.org/letters/Veto-S-82A-A-437.doc in Word format. 
You can also download as a PDF at: http://njslom.org/letters/Veto-S-82A-A-437.pdf
The sample letter includes a distribution list for the letter as well.

II.        Update on S-1

The Senate Committee Substitute for S-1, which passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee, this past Monday is now available online at: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/S0500/1_U1.PDF

The bill could be voted on by the full Senate as soon as Monday.  To date, no Assembly companion has moved.    The League is now reviewing the latest draft and will provide more information in a timely fashion.

Questions on this letter can be directed to Mike Cerra at mcerra@njslom.com or 609-695-3481 x120.

                                                                        Very truly yours,

 

                                                                        William G. Dressel, Jr.

                                                                        Executive Director

 

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