“Is This the Right Property for Me?” You’ve found a fantastic property for your new business.   By all appearances, your business plan has met its location.  Other buyers are also looking at the property, your realtor is eager to get your offer in, and you don’t want to lose the opportunity.   At the same time,…

This just keeps happening to even the best of us!  We can’t find an old building permit, zoning permit, inspection record, or similar document related to past work on our real estate.  Neither can the township.  Code has changed.  Inspectors have retired.  Goblins broke into the township, stole all the records for a tax block,…

Development in the Highlands Preservation Area. How do Highlands development restrictions affect agricultural development?  Considerable farmland falls within the Highlands Region.  Primarily intended to protect drinking water, over 800,000 acres of New Jersey, known as the, “Highlands Region,” have been designated either Highlands Preservation Area or Highlands Planning Area.   This overlay of regulations allows…

Central New Jersey’s Agricultural Real Estate. In central New Jersey, we are blessed with the productivity and aesthetics of abundant agricultural lands.  Whether they are in commercial agricultural production, a community supported farm, the home of equine enthusiasts, or part of a farm-to-table household, these farms form our unique and holistic landscape.  They also come…

New Jersey Right to Farm Act Pursuant to New Jersey’s Right to Farm Act, “commercial farms” may engage in certain protected activities, free from interference by local zoning. While building permits are required, local zoning approvals are not required if approved by the State Agricultural Development Committee (SADC). With such conditioned approvals, certain zoning requirements…

Looking to purchase property with contaminated soil and groundwater?  Probably not, unless you are a brownfield’s redeveloper. Most purchasers of commercial property are counting on their property being “clean.”  Environmental due diligence occurs in two phases: 1) review the current and historic activities at the property to determine if there exist areas of concern; and…

Nicole L. Voigt attended the 2016 Convention of the Commercial Real Estate Women Network (CREW-Network) in New York City.  Speakers included keynote speaker Admiral William H. McRaven USN (Ret.);  Amy Cuddy, Author, Business Leader, and Professor at Harvard Business School; Sallie Krawcheck, CEO & Co-Founder of Ellevest; and Mary Ann Tighe, CEO, CBRE Inc., New York Tri-state…

I recently scaled back on my residential real estate closings, so that I can practice real estate law.  Confusing?  Let me explain. My real estate practice includes commercial, agricultural, and industrial transactions and disputes, land use/zoning, tax appeals, foreclosure, farming, landlord/tenant, and environmental issues.  This is in addition to counseling businesses in formation, contracts, regulatory compliance, and…

Government records are often a valuable tool for obtaining information relevant to a buyer’s due diligence, litigation, consideration of land use applications, and similar legal issues. Keep in mind, however, that the information received is only as reliable as the accuracy and precision of the search and/or OPRA request. Open Public Records Act The New…

Attorney Nicole L. Voigt is the January 2016 spotlight member of Commercial Real Estate Women, Inc. New Jersey (CREW NJ).  To review CREW NJ’s interview of Ms. Voigt, click HERE.  CREW NJ is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1982 that promotes communication and interaction between experienced commercial real estate professionals in New Jersey. CREW NJ…