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  • NJ A2253
  • Allows for sale of municipally owned preserved open space under certain circumstances to homeowners displaced as a result of severe repetitive loss events.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would authorize a municipality to sell lands it previously acquired for recreation and conservation purposes using constitutionally dedicated moneys in whole or in part, Green Acres bond act moneys in whole or in part, or its own funds, to a landowner displaced as a result of severe repetitive flood loss events whose primary residence located within the jurisdictional boundaries of that municipality is acquired for Blue Acres purposes, if that landowner wishes to relocate within that same municipality but is unable to find comparable property available for sale. Numerous residents in communities throughout the State have endured property damage as a result of severe and repetitive flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and numerous other storm events. It is essential to provide stability to these residents and their communities, not only to their property tax base but also to provide a sense of normalcy to the residents, especially to families with school children who wish to stay within their community and school district. This bill would provide an option for those homeowners, whose property is acquired for Blue Acres purposes as a result of severe repetitive flood loss events, to relocate within the jurisdictional boundaries of that same municipality. The sale price for any lands that may be sold would be fair market value as determined by a licensed appraiser, and the moneys received by a municipality for the sale of lands pursuant to the bill would be required to be returned to the same funding source that provided the funding for the acquisition of the landowner's property for Blue Acres purposes. The bill provides that any lands that may be sold pursuant to the bill shall not have been originally acquired by the municipality for Blue Acres purposes, and the sale of lands by a municipality as authorized by the bill shall only be to the landowner whose property was acquired for Blue Acres purposes. Lands sold by a municipality pursuant to the bill would not be deemed to constitute a disposal or diversion of those lands pursuant to the provisions of current law. Lastly, the bill exempts the sale of lands by a municipality pursuant to the bill from certain provisions of current law pertaining to the sale of lands by a municipality.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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