NJ Zoning & Land Use
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William M. Cox was a graduate of Syracuse University (AB) 1947 and Cornell University (JD) 1950. He was a consultant on planning and zoning matters to several municipalities, property owners and developers. He was a member of the Newton law firm of Dolan and Dolan, P.A.
He was formerly an attorney for many municipalities, county and municipal planning boards, zoning boards of adjustment, urban renewal projects, watershed coalitions, municipal utility authorities and boards of education.
In addition to holding office and membership in numerous professional organizations, Mr. Cox was General Counsel Emeritus to the New Jersey Planning Officials, past president of the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys, (now known as the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Law Officers), and a member from its inception of the Municipal Land Use Law Drafting Committee, serving as chairman of the Committee from 1993 to 1998. In 1999, the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Law Officers created the William M. Cox Award to be presented to attorneys and judges for excellence in the field of land use law. Mr. Cox was the first recipient of this award. In 2003, Mr. Cox was recipient of the Sussex County and New Jersey State Bar Association Award for Professionalism in Law and also received the Michael A. Pane Award, which is conferred upon the attorney who has exemplified the highest standards of ethics and whose work has significantly enhanced the integrity of local government.
Mr. Cox developed a course Principles of Zoning Administration and was a co-adjutant faculty member of the Department of Government and Services, Division of Continuing Education of Rutgers, the State University from 1968 to 1998. He was biographied in such works as Whos Who in America, Whos Who in the World, Dictionary of International Biography, Men of Achievement, Whos Who in American Law and other similar publications.
Stuart R. Koenig was a graduate of Rutgers University (BA) 1969 and (LS) 1972. Since 1978 a majority of his practice had been in the field of land use and municipal law. He served as attorney for various municipal agencies, property owners, and developers. Over his career, he served as attorney to over forty municipal agencies, and appeared before many more land use boards. He served as Senior Assistant Counsel to the New Jersey League of Municipalities, and as General Counsel to the New Jersey Planning Officials. Since 1995, he had served as Chairman of the Leagues Legislative Committee on Land Use, Environment, and Community Development. Since 1979, he had been a member of the Municipal Land Use Law Drafting Committee, and succeeded William M. Cox as Chairman in 1999. For many years, he was acknowledged by William M. Cox for his contributions to this book.
In addition to membership in numerous professional organizations, Mr. Koenig was Past President (1993-1994) and Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys (now known as the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Law Officers). He also served as a Trustee, Land Use Section, New Jersey State Bar Association. He received numerous awards and recognition for his service, including: the William M. Cox Award from the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys for distinguished service in the field of land use law (2009); the Fred G. Stickel III Award from the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys for distinguished service in improving public sector law (2005); the Excellence in Planning Award from the New Jersey Planning Officials (2003); the Walter Wittman Writing Award from the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys (1997); and the Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (1996).
Mr. Koenig frequently lectured and wrote on land use and municipal law issues. Annually, he served on various panels at the convention of the New Jersey League of Municipalities. He served as an instructor for the New Jersey Planning Officials on the Municipal Land Use Law, and participated on numerous Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and other continuing legal education panels. He had numerous reported cases in areas such as affordable housing, site standards, implied powers of land use boards, master plans, validity of ordinances, official maps, immunity of board members from civil rights claims, procedural due process, and the reasonableness of land use decisions. He was, on four occasions, appointed a Special Master by the Superior Court of New Jersey.
This work is a practical guide through the intricacies of municipal land use law, written by an acknowledged expert. It covers: The structure and organization of municipal boards; their powers; the requirements for variance, site plan, subdivision and other applications made before them; the process of hearing, decision and appeal; promulgation of zoning ordinances and challenges to such ordinances; and many other critical issues, such as potential liability of boards and board members. It also contains the complete text of The Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S. 40:55D-1 et seq.), a draft of model rules for a zoning board of adjustment, model procedural rules for a planning board, a sample zoning board of adjustment resolution, a sample court judgment and other forms. Complete in a single volume, portable paperback format, this book provides the guidance long needed by attorneys representing municipal boards as well as those representing applicants and is an invaluable reference work for board members and applicants themselves.
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