Dear NAIOP Members and Prospective Members:

Every dollar you invest with NAIOP NJ supports the promotion and protection of the commercial real estate industry. In recent months, NAIOP achieved the following on your behalf:

  • Bayonne Bridge Raising: The "raise the roadway" Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project was completed and certified by the US Coast Guard on June 8, approximately seven months ahead of revised schedule, according to the Council on Port Performance (of which NAIOP NJ CEO Mike McGuinness is a member). While the early completion didn’t allow ocean carriers time to deploy larger vessels immediately, the Port of NY and NJ has already welcomed vessels with up to a 13,000 TEU capacity that wouldn’t have previously been able to pass under the historic bridge. Back in 2009, NAIOP NJ was the first and most vocal in calling for a solution to the Bayonne Bridge air draft issue. With the Panama Canal expansion then projected for completion in 2014, the new massive container ships would be unable to navigate under the historic bridge. A unique solution was reached: building a new higher roadway while keeping the existing roadway open to traffic, and preserving the bridge's iconic arch.
  • Grow NJ Performance Update: Since the enactment of the NJ Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (EO 13, championed by NAIOP NJ), 228 active projects have been approved under the Grow NJ Program for a total award amount of more than $4.3 billion, according to the latest program report from the NJ Economic Development Authority. Based on EDA’s net benefit analysis, NJ would realize over $13.4 billion in new revenues over a 10-year period... a rate of return to NJ of over three to one! This assistance will support the creation of more than 28,609 estimated new jobs and the retention of more than 28,426 existing jobs at risk of leaving New Jersey.  Grow NJ is a powerful job creation and retention incentive program that strengthens New Jersey's competitive edge in the increasingly global marketplace. Read more at NJ EDA.
  • New Waterfront Commission Regulations: In response to specific concerns raised by NAIOP and the commercial real estate industry, the Waterfront Commission of NY Harbor approved regulations to clarify and limit its jurisdiction, and initiate a less burdensome and more practical approach to the policing of the warehouse industry. The Commission will now allow the industry to use a "self-certification" process whereby companies can certify compliance with the Commission's hiring practice requirements (by filing on an annual basis with a flat annual fee or, in certain circumstances, filing a Petition for Waiver of Ineligibility). This in turn exempts the commercial real estate industry from the Commission's audits, assessments, application and disclosure requirements. On March 28, 2016, the Commission published its new jurisdictional maps, which can be reviewed here.
  • Reduced "Big Box" Fees: Effective May 16, 2016, the NJ Department of Community Affairs adopted new rules to adjust the calculation of municipal construction fees for large-volume warehouse and distribution centers (Class 1 buildings) by capping the height at 20 feet in an effort to bring fees in line with the associated work. 
  • In Progress: Legislation to limit MLUL performance guarantees to publicly dedicated improvements, reform antiquated liquor license laws and more equitably deploy HDSRF funds; and identifying broad-based funding for affordable housing.  

In addition to our advocacy efforts, NAIOP:

  • Hosts dozens of events each year. giving you opportunities to make new connections, hear from industry leaders, learn about public policies that impact your business and earn continuing education credits.
  • Engages with Local Officials via the Public Policy Symposium, League of Municipalities programs, special project tours, the Collegiate Case Study Competition and special recognition to enhance prospects for commercial real estate development.
  • Partners with the Community Food Bank of NJ to feed the hungry and with Habitat for Humanity to build housing in Newark.

Our staff and volunteers work together every day on behalf of every member, and that is reflected in our current record-high membership: 750 members and counting. 

If you are not yet a member, what are you waiting for?

Sincerely,

Dave Gibbons, President, Elberon Development Group

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