2015 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 27 - HIGHWAYS
Section 27:1C-17 - Pre-existing districts
27:1C-17. Pre-existing districts
a. If a county has, before the effective date of this act, established a district or districts for the purpose of consolidating the required contributions of applicants for development and implementing a coordinated program of transportation improvements in an area based on these contributions, the governing body of the county may, by ordinance or resolution, as appropriate, apply to the commissioner for the designation and delineation of a transportation development district incorporating the district or districts so established. The application shall include, in addition to the information required under subsection a. of section 4 of this act, a full description and account of the operations of the district or districts so established and any recommendations for alterations to the regulations and procedures of the district or districts the governing body finds necessary or appropriate to conform with the purposes of this act.
b. If a municipality has established a district or districts prior to the effective date of this act, the governing body of the municipality may request the governing body of the county to apply to the commissioner for designation and delineation of a transportation development district to incorporate that district or districts. If the county rejects a request by a municipality to make application to the commissioner for approval of a pre-existing district, or fails to respond to a request within 90 days of receipt of the request, the municipality may apply directly to the commissioner for approval of the district and any transportation improvement and financial plan then in existence pursuant to the procedures set forth in subsection b. of section 4 of this act and subsection b. of section 6 of this act.
c. The operation and financing of any pre-existing districts may continue pending action by the commissioner. In addition, the provisions of section 9 of this act shall not be applicable to projects in pre-existing districts which were the subject of agreements or funding commitments made prior to the effective date of this act. Furthermore, any such project, or any such agreement, shall not be construed to exempt any party from compliance with departmental rules, regulations, or orders.
d. The commissioner shall, within 90 days of receipt of a completed application and upon review of the application as to sufficiency and conformity with the purposes of this act, (1) by order designate a district and delineate its boundaries in conformance with the application, or (2) disapprove the application and inform the governing body of the county in writing of the reasons for the disapproval. The governing body may, in the case of a disapproval of its application, resubmit an application incorporating whatever revisions it deems appropriate, taking into consideration the commissioner's reasons for disapproval.
e. The commissioner may, in an order made under subsection d. of this section designating a district and delineating its boundaries, provide for the waiver or consolidation of any requirements of sections 5 and 6 of this act where, in the commissioner's judgment, that waiver or consolidation is justified by the public interest and by the purposes of this act. The commissioner may also include in the order any other provisions which the commissioner believes to be necessary and desirable for effecting an orderly transition from the operation of a district or districts previously established to the operation of a transportation development district under this act.
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