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Christopher A. Erd

Member | New Jersey

Christopher A. Erd devotes his practice primarily to land use and zoning, environmental, real estate transactions, community associations, leases, landlord/tenant, business counseling, and transactions.  He regularly appears before municipal and county land use agencies on various development applications.

As part of a real estate or lease transaction, retail liquor license transfers may be necessary.  Therefore, Chris handles New Jersey retail liquor license purchases, transfers, and sales transactions.  He also handles annual renewals of liquor licenses.

Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Chris concentrated his practice in environmental, land use and zoning, commercial litigation and appeals, and government contracts; negotiating with regulatory agencies and supervising environmental consultants regarding environmental remediations; and negotiating settlements with insurance carriers for coverage of environmental claims.  Chris also litigated matters primarily in New Jersey Superior Court and Municipal Courts.

In November of 2009, Chris was a member of a distinguished panel of speakers discussing land use and zoning issues and procedures in New Jersey at the”2009 Annual Planning Conference” for licensed professional planners, held by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick.

Chris was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the District XI Attorney Fee Arbitration Committee, and served as Chairman.  He was also Chairman of the Branchburg Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and was formerly a member of the Branchburg Township Environmental Commission, the Branchburg Township Wildlife Management Committee, and the Bedminster Township Environmental Commission.  In addition, he has been an officer and general counsel for community associations.

Publications

  • Assisted Viridity Energy Solutions, a leading developer of battery storage facilities, in obtaining zoning approval for a large battery storage project in Atlantic City for the Atlantic County Utilities Authority.
  • Obtained land use approvals for Ferrero USA, Inc., for an 88,457 SF addition and other related items for an existing warehouse, packaging and distribution facility in Franklin Township, Somerset County, NJ
  • Obtained land use approvals for a new home in Plainfield, Union County, NJ, to be constructed by Habitat for Humanity for Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County
  • Working on liquor license and land use approvals for a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant at Willowbrook Mall, Wayne, Passaic County, NJ
  • Working on liquor license and land use approvals for a P.F. Chang’s China Bistro restaurant at Willowbrook Mall, Wayne, Passaic County, NJ
  • Continue to do real estate, land use, fuel supply agreement, and other related work for Waseem Petroleum and affiliated companies that own, operate, and lease dozens of gasoline service stations, convenience stores, and fast food restaurants throughout NJ
  • Work on various newspaper and advertising delivery and related disputes and other matters for CBA Industries, a company that delivers more than 10 million packages of newspapers and advertising materials each week in NJ, NY, and PA
  • Obtained liquor license and land use approvals for a Bravo Brio restaurant at Willowbrook Mall, Wayne, Passaic County, NJ
  • Obtained land use approvals for a 122 room Courtyard by Marriott in Wayne, Passaic County, NJ, for Jos. L Muscarelle, Inc.
  • Obtained land use approvals for a substantial expansion of several hundred thousand square feet of office space for Valley National Bank’s headquarters in Wayne, Passaic County, NJ
  • Obtained many land use approvals for substantial exterior renovations and comprehensive exterior sign plan for Willowbrook Mall, Wayne, Passaic County, NJ
  • Handled many commercial real estate and financing transactions involving the purchase and sales and leases of gasoline service stations, with and without associated convenience stores, fast food restaurants, and other related uses
  • Obtained many land use approvals for gasoline service stations, with and without associated convenience stores, fast food restaurants, and other related uses
  • Obtained many land use approvals for various retail, commercial, office, warehouse, hotel, wireless telecommunications, residential, and other projects
  • Handled many commercial and residential real estate and financing transactions involving purchase and sales and leases
  • Handled numerous NJ retail liquor license transfers, renewals, and related matters
  • Handled ISRA, Spill Act, and CERCLA matters
  • Handled environmental insurance coverage matters for both insured and insurers

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