When Can Commercial Tenants Appeal? N.J.S.A. 54:3-21 authorizes any aggrieved tax payer to file an appeal, subject to other jurisdictional requirements.   The Superior Court has confirmed that, if tenant’s lease term covers an entire tax year, and the tenant is require to pay the real estate taxes applicable to the premises, the tenant is generally…

CREW NJ, Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey, has approved attorney Nicole L. Voigt for active membership.  The CREW Network is a national organization dedicated to advancing the professional development of women in commercial real estate through educational meetings and seminars, and promoting opportunity for business growth through networking on a local, state, and…

Farmland and Woodland Assessment Throughout Hunterdon County and surrounding areas, many landowners enjoy a reduced real estate tax assessment on their land, by devoting the land to agricultural use or woodland management. On August 1st of each year, these landowners must submit a form FA-1 to the municipality to establish their continued eligibility for the…

Scoping is an important stage for us to make the pipeline appear as untenable as possible and hope the application is withdrawn. PennEast is using the scoping process to evaluate how to propose a pipeline route and environmental impact report that can get approved. Consider the analogy of a poker game. During scoping, we play…

This January of 2015, PennEast parent’s company, UGI, announced an alternative route for the pipeline through portions of Hunterdon County, including my home town of Delaware Township. On January 15, 2015, PennEast submitted an updated landowner list to FERC and UGI and notified stakeholders as follows: “PennEast partners, engineers and outreach staff have had numerous…

Understanding Natural Gas Pipeline Approvals and the Importance of Fact-Based, Stakeholder Participation in Scoping and Environmental Evaluations FERC’s Jurisdiction and Economic Considerations The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) serves the mission of “assist[ing] consumers in obtaining reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means.” (www.ferc.gov) (FERC Strategic…

Increased Minimum Gross Sales Beginning in the Tax Year 2015, lands subject to farmland assessment must establish $1,000.00 in gross sales for the first 5 acres of preserved farmland, and $5.00 for each additional acre. Prior to this change, only $500.00 in gross sales was required for the first 5 acres in agricultural use. This change…