NAIOP New Jersey's Public Policy Priorities
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Sandy and the gubernatorial and legislative elections will dominate the public policy arena in 2013. New Jersey must:
Ensure that the billions of dollars in Sandy recovery money are deployed to the greatest effect while minimizing waste and misuse.
- Repair, improve and maintain our critical transportation, energy, water and telecommunications infrastructure to ensure reliability and keep NJ working.
Protect the just-recovering commercial real estate industry from the imposition of the 2.5 percent COAH fee when the moratorium expires in June.
Encourage NJ towns to think and act differently to become partners in solutions (whether they be to post-Sandy problems, staggering suburban office park vacancies, loss of young talent or business climate issues) instead of obstacles to progress.
Re-think the forms of incentives (tax credits, energy efficiency, expedited permits) NJ offers with the goal of creating benefits that are meaningful to all employers and prospective employers, not just a fortunate few, and allow the state sufficient flexibility to respond to emerging markets and changing market forces.
NAIOP NJ's Policy Priorities
Affordable Housing Fees: Permanently eliminate non-residential real estate development fees and growth share, and enact a broad-based funding mechanism for affordable housing.
Transportation Trust Fund: Establish a permanent, stable, constitutionally dedicated and broad-based source of funding (e.g., increased gas tax, user fees) for the maintenance, expansion and improvement of our aging transportation infrastructure.
Port Region Logistics Enhancement: expand the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit to industrial freight villages located in port regions; increase DOT’s 263,000 pound rail car standard so that New Jersey is more competitive for industrial (warehouse/distribution) facilities; establish Port Support Zones to facilitate and streamline permits and improvements; and support the expansion of the Goethals Bridge to speed the flow of traffic and help NJ businesses.
Water Quality Management Planning: Reform the WQMP rules to require: the notification of affected property owners; reliance on more site-specific data; consistency among agencies; and an appeals process.
State Strategic Planning: New Jersey's State Strategic Plan for growth must assure coordination and consistency across all state agencies so that we are relying on one central data source and set of assumptions.
Delegation of Permit and Code Inspection Reviews to Private Professionals: streamline the development process by reforming DEP’s land use programs to allow the delegation of permit programs to qualified private professionals, and by delegating the DCA’s local building permit reviews and code inspections to qualified private professionals.Legislative Bill File: Access is restricted to NAIOP New Jersey Members. Please log in to review the Legislative Bill File.