“Inherently Beneficial Use” is defined to include Wind, Solar or Photovoltaic Energy Facilities

March 12th, 2010 | Posted by: Christopher DeGrezia 1| comments:

Renewable EnergyIn June, I reported that the New Jersey Legislature proposed a bill (S1202/A3062) that would add the definition of an “inherently beneficial use” to the Municipal Land Use Law and expand the inherently beneficial use status to include wind, solar and photovoltaic facilities.   The legislation has been adopted and the following definitions now apply:

“Inherently beneficial use” means a use which is universally considered of value to the community because it fundamentally serves the public good and promotes the general welfare. Such a use includes, but is not limited to, a hospital, school, child care center, group home, or a wind, solar or photovoltaic energy facility or structure.

“Wind, solar or photovoltaic energy facility or structure” means a facility or structure for the purpose of supplying electrical energy produced from wind, solar, or photovoltaic technologies, whether such facility or structure is a principal use, a part of the principal use, or an accessory use or structure.

For a copy of the Pamphlet Law click here.

For a discussion of the inherently beneficial use variance standard click here.

NJ Supreme Court Rules on the Validity of Open Space/Recreational Fees and Set Asides

June 25th, 2009 | Posted by: Christopher DeGrezia 2| comments:

2009-02-17-transfer-481This morning, the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed a decision by the Appellate Division striking down ordinances in Jackson Township and Egg Harbor.  The court held that the Municipal Land Use Law does not empower municipal governments to require developers to set aside land for common open space or recreational areas and facilities (or to make payments in lieu of those set-asides), except with regard to applications for planned developments.  » Read the rest of this entry «

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