South River, NJ, discussing changes to its vacant property registration ordinance

South River, NJ: City Council is discussing changes to its vacant property registration ordinance.


Council is deciding to revise its definition of qualifying “vacant property” for the ordinance to be for any building used or to be used for a commercial or residential use, which is not legally occupied or lawful construction operations have ceased or that is unsafe and not in line with City Code; the requirements for adhering to City Code had not been listed in the ordinance passed in 2017.


The change would allow properties that are vacant, but being maintained and actively marketed, to avoid being placed in the vacant property registration database and paying the subsequent fees involved in that list.


The changes will need to be considered at a second reading for final passage and publication, on Jan 27, where after any changes would take effect at time of that publication.




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