Lawmakers Push to Extend Development Public Notice from 10 Days to 21 in New Jersey

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TRENTON, NJ – If you want to build a development project in New Jersey, you’re required to give people in the neighborhood just 10 days notice. Now, an effort by Democrats and Republicans in the State Senate will extend that notification to 21 days.

The measure (S-2435) sponsored by Bucco (R-25) and Senator Joe Cryan (D-20), would protect New Jerseyans by extending the time required for public notice of land use applications to 21 days from the current 10.

“Too often, entire neighborhoods are altered forever by large developments that effect traffic patterns, environmental conditions, and the quality of life, and these changes are approved before residents even know what hit them,” Senator Bucco said. “Ten days isn’t enough time for families to organize, consider the ramifications, and respond in any capacity.

“People deserve adequate notice to participate in the process. This legislation would ensure those who will be most impacted by projects won’t be blindsided and can have their voices heard,” continued Bucco.

According to Bucco, currently, developers are required to provide written notice of a public hearing concerning applications for property development at least 10 days prior to the scheduled public hearing to owners of real property within 200 feet in all directions.

“People have a right to know what’s going on in their own neighborhoods,” said Senator Cryan (D-Union). “By increasing the public notice period from 10 days to 21 days, residents and local entities will have a more adequate opportunity to participate in the process.”

“No one deserves to be kept in the dark when it comes to development projects that have the potential to drastically impact their daily lives,” said Morris Township Mayor Mark Gyorfy. “Providing greater clarity to residents in advance of pending development hearings will empower communities to better-shape what the future holds for their towns.”