65th Annual Atlantic Builders Convention
|Date:||March 26, 2014 - March 27, 2014|
|Location:||Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Meryl A.G. Gonchar
Andrew B. Robins
|Sponsor:||New Jersey Builders Association|
|Topic:||Legal Trends I - Land Use Law (Gonchar); Site Remediation Regulatory Updates (Robins); Legal Trends II - Environmental Law (Robins); Presenting Development Applications to Local Boards - Ethical and Professional Considerations (Moore)|
Site Remediation Regulatory Updates
(Moderator: Andrew B. Robins, Esq., Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.)
Under the 2009 Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), all remediation projects must be supervised by a LSRP. This seminar will discuss the effect of the regulatory requirements and program structure on remediation and Brownfield redevelopment projects. Particular focus will be on the regulatory requirements, the role of the Department’s oversight, upcoming Guidance Documents including the use of Clean Fill, deadline for completing remedial investigation and initiatives to reform the SRRA. The interaction and responsibilities of the remediating parties, LSRPs, environmental professionals, the Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board and NJDEP will also be discussed.
Legal Trends II – Environmental Law
(Panelist: Andrew B. Robins, Esq., Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.)
Legislation, regulations and court decisions relating to environmental issues continue to modify the legal framework within which real estate is developed. In Part II of this two-part seminar, a panel of environmental attorneys will examine the most recent significant changes and discuss their implication for the future.
Presenting Development Applications to Local Boards – Ethical and Professional Considerations
(Panelist: Kevin J. Moore, Esq., Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.)
The development industry regularly appears before local planning boards to present and gain support for potential projects. It is necessary to carefully assess risks and proactively identify the legal background and technical issues to defend applications. Further, selection of pre-public hearing meetings (technical, community information/feedback) and effective conveyance of the project intent and benefits using an appropriate multi-media presentation during the public hearing process can diffuse attacks before more costly litigation is necessary. Refine skills, learn new strategies and become informed of ethical considerations to overcome the inherent challenges to obtaining community support and endorsement, particularly in light of ever-present objectors.