KMC Partner Michael L. Collins has been recently quoted in multiple news articles involving redevelopment issues representing municipalities and developers alike under New Jersey’s Local Redevelopment and Housing Law (“LRHL”), N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et seq
The LRHL provides municipalities and developers with a flexible approach to land use, which allows the parties to cooperatively work towards the adaptive re-use of property. In a densely populated state like New Jersey, the LRHL is an essential component to land use determinations that are made throughout the Garden State.
Representing a private client, Collins was included in a MyCentralJersey.com article making a client developer’s presentation before a municipal governing body, titled “Borough developer ‘wants to see good things for the community’ in new proposal.” The story quoted Collins as follows:
“Michael Collins, attorney for [the developer] who wants to build the project, said his client ‘wants to work’ with borough officials on the plans for the project.”
“His family wants to see good things for the community,” Collins said, adding that “we value feedback.”
Township attorney Mike Collins said there have been “no offers or guarantees of any particular outcome that supported any individual completing a private purchase.” He said the plans referencing high-density housing released through OPRA were at the sole discretion of the developer and the township did not provide them. The governing body is “committed to providing as much transparency as possible” throughout this redevelopment process, Collins said.
According to Collins, the Vonage redevelopment study will follow a similar process to that of the recently acquired Crawford Hill property. When the township committee negotiates directly with the property owner or developer, “those negotiations have to take place behind closed doors for them to function properly,” he said, referring to the months of closed-door discussions before the township successfully negotiated to secure the Holmdel Horn Antenna site.
At this point in the process, there may not be an ability disclose many matters publicly, said Township Attorney Michael L. Collins.
In response to a question from the public, Collins said he could say “confidently” that there are “no offers or guarantees of any particular outcome that support any individual completing a private purchase. That was in their own discretion,” he said referring to the Propco company’s purchase.