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Posted on: October 1, 2021

New Law Shields Muni Land Use Decisions Made at Virtual Meetings

Gov. Murphy signed League-supported bill A-4881 into law. It prohibits the appeal of land use decisions on grounds attributable to convening the meeting by virtual means, provided that reasonable public notice and provision for public input were made.

Last Friday, Governor Murphy signed League-supported bill A-4881 into law. The new law prohibits the appeal of land use decisions on grounds attributable to convening the meeting by virtual means, provided that reasonable public notice and provision for public input were made under the circumstances.
 
 The new law strikes a fair balance, ensuring residents' due process rights are protected while preventing costly challenges to land-use decisions made during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The new law took effect on September 24, 2021, and applies to any meetings or proceedings conducted by a municipality on or after March 9, 2020. The League would like to thank Assemblyman Greenwald and Senator Beach for their leadership on this important issue.  
 
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., Associate General Counsel, fmarshall@njlm.org, 609-695-3481, x137.

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