05 May: Van Drew Bill To Ease Municipal Requirements, Create Property Tax Savings Now Law

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May/Cumberland/Atlantic) to cut local government costs by extending the timeframe under which municipalities are required to conduct a review of their municipal master plans has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

The law (S-2433) modifies the “Municipal Land Use Law” to require municipalities to reexamine their municipal master plan and development regulations only every 10 years. Currently, municipalities are required to complete a reexamination every six years.

“The six-year requirement was an overly-burdensome mandate that forced municipalities to conduct a review of their master plans, even if their local development circumstances did not call for one,” said Van Drew. “By easing this requirement, we will help towns and cities to cut costs and create much-needed taxpayer savings.”