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General Area in Mullica Hill : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Oct 5, 2013
Nancy Kowalik answered:
I believe there are no certainties when it comes to development these days. Much competition, financing is still very difficult and so what was the norm is no longer. I believe that we will continue to see areas develop but not necessarily the way it was envisioned even a few years ago.

I am a member of the Harrison Twp. Joint Land Use Board, and we continue to see plans morph and change as developers struggle to find A clients to bring to the marketplace. There is much competition among municipalities to bring in commercial rate-ables, so the true A clients have a lot to choose from.

So much is planned on just about 400 acres, but has yet to start. There is a 20 year GDP (General Development Plan) that puts a timeline to the area you mention. It is likely going to take some time for that to be absorbed, and then for it to expand.

Hope that answers your question!
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Mon May 5, 2008
Don Tepper answered:
The other advice below is very good. And, yes, you do need a lawyer experienced in zoning and in working with the city/town on such issues. (If possible, consider hiring someone who used to work for the city or town in a zoning capacity. That person should know exactly what "levers to pull.")

However, you did happen to mention a very clever and creative technique. And that's finding out which appraisers the township or county uses, and hiring that one beforehand. You should be able to call the township/county and find out which ones they use. Then have your lawyer (see above) suggest which one might be best. The appraisal very likely will be for substantially more than a township-hired appraiser's number will be. Then when it comes time for negotiations, you'll be in a reasonably strong position...much stronger than if you had no appraisal at all, and certainly stronger than if you'd had an appraisal from someone the township doesn't know or use.

I'm not a lawyer, so this isn't legal advice. As I said, contact a lawyer. Then run your idea past him/her.

Good luck.
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