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Jersey City Redevelopment Agency v. Sadek

A-3191-07T1 (N.J. Super. App. Div. 2008) (Unpublished)

REDEVELOPMENT — Where a landowner does not receive a notice of redevelopment plan that includes a finding of public purpose, then the landowner still has the right to challenge its property’s blight designation until forty-five days after it actually receives its notice of the designation.

A property owner challenged a redevelopment plan that designated his property as blighted and in need of redevelopment. The lower court found that the property owner received proper notice and that his challenge was time barred. On appeal, the Appellate Division pointed out that landowners challenging a blight designation can do so beyond the forty-five day limit from the time the designation is made if they did not receive timely notice that includes a finding of public purpose. The Court found that the notice actually received by the property owner did not include the mandatory information. Thus, it reversed the lower court’s finding and remanded the matter to allow the property owner to question the validity of the blight designation.

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