2015 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 27 - HIGHWAYS
Section 27:7-67 - Effect of filing upon municipal approving authority; recommendation of commissioner

NJ Rev Stat § 27:7-67 (2015) What's This?

27:7-67. Effect of filing upon municipal approving authority; recommendation of commissioner
(a) Whenever a map, plan or report indicating a proposed line of a new State highway, or any amendment thereto, has been filed by the department pursuant to this act, any municipal approving authority, before issuing a building permit or approving a subdivision plat with respect to any lot, tract, or parcel of land which abuts or is located wholly or partially within the proposed line of a new highway shall refer the site plan, application for building permit or subdivision plat to the commissioner for review and recommendation as to the effect of the proposed development or improvement upon the safety, efficiency, utility or natural beauty of the proposed new highway.

A municipal approving authority shall not issue any building permit or approve any subdivision plat without the recommendation of the commissioner until 45 days after such reference shall have elapsed without such recommendation. Within said 45-day period, the commissioner may:

(1) Give notice to the municipal approving authority and to the owner of such lot, tract or parcel of land of probable intention to acquire the whole or any part thereof, and thereupon no further action shall be taken by such approving authority for a further period of 120 days following the receipt of said notice; if within such further 120-day period, the department has not acquired, agreed to acquire, or commenced an action to condemn said property, the municipal approving authority shall be free to act upon the pending application in such manner as may be provided by law.

(2) Give notice to the municipal approving authority and to the owner of such lot, tract or parcel of land of his recommendation that the permit or approval for which application has been made be granted subject to certain modifications specified in said notice. Within 20 days of receiving such notice the municipal approving authority may, with the consent of the applicant, grant such permit or approval in such manner as to incorporate the commissioner's recommended modifications. If no such modified permit or approval is granted within said 20 days, then for a further period of 20 days, commencing either from the expiration of the aforesaid 20-day period or from any earlier date upon which either the municipal approving authority or the applicant shall have notified the commissioner that his recommended modifications will not be accepted, no further action shall be taken upon such application, unless the commissioner shall earlier notify the municipal approving authority and the applicant that he does not intend to initiate any steps toward the acquisition of such lot, tract or parcel of land or any part thereof. But if before the expiration of said second 20-day period the commissioner gives notice to the municipal approving authority and to the owner of such lot, tract or parcel of land of probable intention to acquire the whole or any part thereof, no further action on such application shall be taken by such approving authority for a further period of 120 days following receipt of said notice. If within such further 120-day period the department has not acquired, agreed to acquire or commenced an action to condemn said property, the municipal approving authority shall be free to act upon the pending application in such manner as may be provided by law.

(3) Give notice to the municipal approving authority and to the owner of such lot, tract or parcel of land that he finds no objection to the granting of such permit or approval in the form in which it has been applied for. Upon receipt of such notice the municipal approving authority shall be free to act upon the pending application in such manner as may be provided by law.

(b) Nothing in this act shall be construed to prohibit or limit the authority of any municipal board, body or agency from incorporating a proposed line of any new State highway in the master plan or official map of said municipality and from taking any action with respect thereto as may be authorized by law.

(c) No application for a building permit or subdivision approval shall be subject to the provisions of this subparagraph with respect to any proposed highway location or amendment thereto filed by the commissioner subsequent to the date on which such application was submitted to the municipal approving authority.

L.1968, c. 393, s. 10, eff. Jan. 2, 1969.


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