2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 33 - INTOXICATING LIQUORS
Section 33:1-24.2 - Definitions relative to issuance of special licenses to serve alcoholic beverages in smart growth development projects; issuance, conditions; fees.
33:1-24.2 Definitions relative to issuance of special licenses to serve alcoholic beverages in smart growth development projects; issuance, conditions; fees.
2. a. As used in this act:
"Smart growth development project" or "project" means a development project that:
(1)Is located in a smart growth area as defined in section 1 of P.L.2004, c.89 (C.52:27D-10.2); is expected to generate, directly or indirectly, at least $50 million of private investments and more than $25 million annually in new sales and use tax revenue; and consists of at least five acres of land under the control of a developer; or
(2)Is expected to increase the value of all taxable property in a municipality by not less than 40% over the value of that property for the previous tax year as shown in column six of the abstract of ratables.
b.The Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, upon approval of the municipality, may issue one or more special licenses to one or more individual corporations or other types of legal entities operating a premises where alcoholic beverages are intended to be served that is located in a smart growth development project. The license shall authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages for immediate consumption on the operator's premises. If the project is located within the boundaries of two or more municipalities, each municipality shall approve the issuance of the license or licenses. The director may issue not more than 566 such licenses.
c.No person who would fail to qualify as a licensee under Title 33 of the Revised Statutes shall be permitted to hold an interest in a special license under the provisions of this section.
d.Licenses shall be subject to all the provisions of Title 33 of the Revised Statutes, rules and regulations promulgated by the director and municipal ordinances.
e.No license issued pursuant to this section shall be transferred to any premises other than a premises located within the same smart growth development project.
f.Application for the initial issuance and renewal of each license shall be made to the director on an annual basis. The fee for the initial issuance of the license shall be two and one half times the average sale price for the three most recent sales of plenary retail consumption licenses in the municipality where the license is being issued during the preceding five years. If the project is located within the boundaries of two or more municipalities, the highest average sale price of the two or more municipalities shall be used. If less than three plenary retail consumption licenses have been sold in the municipality or municipalities, as the case may be, within the previous five years, the municipality or municipalities, as the case may be, shall obtain an appraisal, at the applicant's expense, to determine the appropriate fee for the license. The appraisal process shall include an examination of previous transactions in the municipality or municipalities, as the case may be, and shall reflect what a willing buyer, under no pressure to buy, would pay a willing seller, under no pressure to sell, for a plenary retail consumption license in that municipality or municipalities, as the case may be. One half of the amount of the application fee for the initial issuance of the license shall be paid upon the issuance of the license and the other half of that amount shall be paid one year later. The director shall establish an annual fee for the license which shall not exceed the fee which may be imposed by a municipality for a plenary retail consumption license pursuant to R.S.33:1-12.
g.The fee for the initial issuance of the license shall be distributed in the following manner:
(1)Twenty-five percent shall be paid to the municipality wherein the smart growth development project is located and if the project is located within the boundaries of two or more municipalities, the fee shall be divided equally among those municipalities;
(2)Twenty-five percent shall be paid to the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control;
(3)Fifty percent shall be divided equally among and paid to the plenary retail consumption licensees in the municipality or municipalities where the licensed premises will be located.
h.If the individual corporation or entity holding the license determines to sell a license issued pursuant to this section, the license shall be sold for the sum paid pursuant to paragraph (3) of subsection g. of this section.
i.The director shall not issue a special concessionaire permit for any location or premises which is eligible to obtain a license to serve alcoholic beverages under the provisions of this act.
j.Pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), the director shall adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this act.
L.2007, c.351, s.2.
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