(Blog editor-in-chief Ted Zangari, founder of the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition, fifth from right, watches Gov. Christie Christie enact the "Time of Application" law which Zangari first proposed to the bill's sponsor, Sen. Ronald Rice, more than six years ago.)
Governor Chris Christie today signed legislation to simplify and make more predictable regulations governing land-use development applications at the municipal level, encouraging development and lowering costs for New Jersey businesses and job creators.
S-82, commonly referred to as "time of application" or "time of decision" legislation, provides that a land-use development application will be governed by the municipal development regulations in effect at the time of the application. Exceptions are provided for those rules related to health and public safety.