The New Jersey Financial Recovery Act of 2020: An Overview Of The Brownfields Redevelopment Incentive Plan | Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

The New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020, a seven-yr, $14 billion package deal of

The New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020, a seven-yr, $14 billion package deal of incentive plans meant to inspire New Jersey work growth, residence development and redevelopment, local community partnerships, and a lot of other financial enhancement initiatives, was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on January 7, 2021.

This Client Inform focuses on the Brownfields Redevelopment Incentive Method enacted beneath the new laws. The method represents an enlargement of New Jersey’s incentives for developers to clean up and redevelop abandoned, idle or underutilized industrial or business qualities, so identified as “Brownfields,” in which expansion or redevelopment has been hindered owing to environmental web page circumstances.

History

New Jersey has experienced a Brownfield redevelopment incentives system considering that 1997, pursuant to which qualifying builders have been in a position to enter into agreements with the New Jersey Financial Development Authority (EDA) permitting for reimbursement of up to 75% of their remediation costs as distinct tax revenues are generated next cleanup and redevelopment of experienced internet sites. That plan, pursuant to which reimbursements have mostly been based mostly on retail revenue taxes, continues to be in area. A developer who is in the existing software is not suitable to search for more Brownfield incentives for the exact project.

What is New

The new incentives will turn into out there on filing of an first set of laws being produced by EDA. While we will have to await publication of the applying regulations to examine the full extent of advantages and circumstances, listed here is a preview of important points dependent on the legislation:

  • This is a seven-12 months software that will entail a aggressive application procedure. Qualifying builders will have to go through an comprehensive established of submissions to both equally EDA and the New Jersey Section of Environmental Safety (DEP) and will have to shell out the fees of any 3rd-occasion analyses that EDA or DEP deem vital to solicit.
  • If chosen, the developer will have to enter a redevelopment agreement with EDA that incorporates commitment to a remediation deadline, projected remediation expenditures, and the submission of semi-yearly progress stories.
  • The highest tax credits that will be available for all program applicants mixed in any presented year will be $50 million, topic to added constraints on the total amount of tax credits under all of the unique tax credit rating programs released by the new laws.
  • The optimum tax credit history available for a qualifying job will be 40% of remediation expenditures incurred or $4 million, whichever is lower.
  • The tax credit score is relevant from the New Jersey Franchise Tax, which is the state’s company enterprise tax, but not to other taxes these kinds of as retail gross sales taxes that are suitable under the pre-existing 1997 Brownfield law and incentives program, with exceptions famous below where by a developer seeks to transfer a tax credit history.
  • In addition to developing Brownfield eligibility, the necessity of the credit history to make the job economically possible, job funding gaps, aid of the undertaking by the local governmental authorities and the like, the developer will also have to satisfy additional conditions to be formulated by EDA in session with DEP, these as reward to the neighborhood, improvement of position development and financial advancement, environmental justice factors and variety in the developer’s business.
  • Qualifying builders will have to dedicate to complying with state green developing criteria, affirmative action needs and prevailing wage charges.
  • EDA may perhaps not enter a redevelopment settlement involving a retail organization using additional than 10 staff members, or a distribution facility using much more than 20 employees, except if the retail or distribution enterprise enters a labor harmony arrangement with a labor firm that signifies retail or distribution middle employees in New Jersey.
  • For chosen jobs that then progress under the requisite redevelopment agreement, builders will request DEP certification of job completion in compliance with DEP needs, and of remediation costs moderately incurred.
  • On DEP certification, EDA is to validate regardless of whether the developer’s obligations less than the redevelopment agreement have been satisfied, and if so, is then to award the tax credit rating.
  • There are specific situations and limits pursuant to which a developer could utilize to EDA to transfer the tax credit rating, and if the transfer is licensed, the tax credit score might be transferred to an entity with a company small business tax legal responsibility or insurance coverage premium tax liability. So, whilst non-corporate developers are not by definition precluded from making use of for and acquiring the tax incentives, it would show up that in get to monetize the incentive, a developer entity these types of as an LLC or partnership would have to be ready to transfer the tax credit rating.

Future Actions

The EDA will be promulgating original polices about the Brownfields Redevelopment Incentive Method. The initial established will be helpful for up to 6 months. We will maintain you current on this and other developments linked to the New Jersey Financial Recovery Act of 2020.