New Jersey Court Reverses Lot Merger Ruling

Lawlor, James
November 2005
Planning;Nov2005, Vol. 71 Issue 10, p43
Trade Publication
This article reports on the court ruling made by the appellate court in New Jersey. It was stated that adjoining undersized lots, which had long been used as one, merge for land-use regulation purposes, even though the lot's legal titles were in different names. In August 2005, the New Jersey Supreme Court reversed Jock versus Zoning Board of Adjustment of Wall Township, holding that lots held by separate legal entities are indeed separate lots. The supreme court rejected the appellate court's reasoning, saying the merger doctrine was intended to cover only situations where legal title to two adjoining lots was held by the same person.


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