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Crema v. New Jersey Dep't of Envtl. Protection

Citation: 12 ELR 20620
No. No. A-3261-80T2, 442 A.2d 630/(N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div., 01/20/1982)

The court holds that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Coastal Resources (DCR) erred in conditionally granting approval for a construction permit under the Coastal Area Facility Review Act to a large-scale development in an environmentally sensitive low-growth area near the Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge. The DCR conditioned the right to construct upon compliance with statutory standards. The court rules that the "conceptual" approval is unauthorized by the Act which provides that the only kind of permit that the DCR may grant is for construction. Further, the DCR decision is not supported by the findings required for granting a construction permit.

Counsel for Appellants
Nathan M. Edelstein
Fink, Lynette & Ford
Gateway I, Newark NJ 07102
(201) 624-3000

Counsel for Respondents
John M. Van Dalen; James R. Zazzali, Attorney General
Dep't of Law & Public Safety
State House Annex, 2d Floor, Trenton NJ 08625
(609) 292-4925

James L. Cooper Lewis S. Kurland
Cooper, Perskie, Katzman, April, Niedelman & Wagenheim
320 Guarantee Trust Bldg., 1125 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City NJ 08401
(609) 344-3161

Antell, J. (joined by Botter and Furman, JJ.)