Large share of N.J.’s dwindling development driven by five counties
Most of residential building permits this year were issued in North Jersey Karmatz, president of the new Jersey Builders majority of their development in planning areas
association, in Hamilton. “there’s been a push 1 and 2 — the areas designated for growth — so
By EvElyn lEE including 77 Hudson, in Jersey city; Four Seasons to try and steer development around transpor- “it’s far easier to get building permits in those
at a time when residential building permits in at manalapan; Four Seasons at South knolls, in tation,” he said, “and the areas that have the areas,” karmatz said. But “developers in South
the garden State are at a 60-year low, redevelop- Jackson; and the Jockey club, in oceanport. transportation centers are the northern coun- Jersey have more difficulty getting water, sewer
ment projects, customer demand and state plan- where building permits are issued in new ties that would be close to the city and would be approvals, because a lot of those areas are not
ning regulations are driving the bulk of building Jersey is “really a function of where this state T:7.5”
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activity to five northern and central new Jersey has tried to direct development,” said Michael most of the counties in new Jersey have the E-mail to email@example.com
counties, according to local homebuilding experts.
new Jersey’s builders — which pulled 6,740
permits during the first seven months of 2009
— are on track to start construction on the few-
est number of new homes since 1945, said Pat-
rick O’Keefe, director of economic research at
J.H. Cohn. an estimated 11,600 permits will be
issued in 2009, more than 30 percent less than
2008, when 18,363 permits were drawn.
Year-to-date, nearly half the building permits
in the state were issued in five counties: Hudson,
essex, ocean, monmouth and morris. Hudson,
with 1,352 permits as of July, accounted for 20 per-
cent of the state total, and along with essex, “have
been prominent among the counties responsible
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