South Jersey Warehouse Development
Get Your Project Approved with Our Proven Land Use Expertise
New Jersey is becoming known as “The Warehouse State” because of its convenient access to major cities and transportation hubs in the Northeast. It’s a great place for developers with ample opportunities to establish and expand, but only if you can successfully navigate constantly evolving local rules and regulations.
That’s where we can help. Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi has highly regarded expertise in working with municipal, county and state governments and authorities to help our clients get their projects done. Through our experience, relationships and dedication to following the latest news and laws, we can ensure you can achieve your goals as smoothly as possible.
Mark has 30 years of legal expertise and leads our Land Use Law practice. Having operated his own private practice before becoming a partner at SGR, he is one of the most well-respected land use experts in southern New Jersey and is regularly recommended by municipalities throughout the region. He has successfully helped many developers locate their warehouses in Camden, Burlington, Atlantic, Gloucester and other counties in Central Jersey and South Jersey, and is looking forward to helping you with your project as well.
Types of NJ land use permitting and approvals we can help with:
Municipal Land Use Board Permits
County Land Use Board Permits
Pinelands Commission Permits
New Jersey Warehouse Development Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is New Jersey so popular for warehouse construction?
New Jersey’s always been conveniently located between Philadelphia and New York, with ports, airports and interstate highways all within relatively short distances for access to other cities and hubs, domestically and internationally. As more businesses need storage space, especially ecommerce companies, New Jersey has been a logical location for warehouse development.
In South Jersey, particularly Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County and Salem County, there are also many communities with plenty of room for development and redevelopment. As opposed to North Jersey and other more congested regions where warehouse development has met some local resistance, there are many municipalities that wholeheartedly welcome new development to help boost tax revenues and take the burden off homeowners.
In these less populated places, storage facilities are ideal because they put minimal burden on government services and don’t require a nearby customer base like other commercial businesses. Opportunities abound to take formerly developed but currently unused land, close to transportation but away from residential properties, and turn it into storage and distribution space.
What do you need to get a warehouse project approved in New Jersey?
It all depends where you aim to build.
In municipalities like Waterford Township (also known as Atco), in eastern Camden County, you may have to meet municipal and county regulations as well as comply with the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, an independent state agency charged with protecting the Pinelands National Reserve, an area of more than 1 million acres in Central and South Jersey that encompasses more than 50 communities and more than 700,000 permanent residents. Many developers may be unaware of this agency and unfamiliar with how to meet their standards, which aim to protect water quality, endangered species, and other sensitive aspects of the reserve. But getting Pinelands permits is nothing to be scared of if you have the right representation who has worked with them hundreds of times before.
Are the regulations around warehouses in New Jersey changing?
You may have seen some news coverage recently about the New Jersey State Planning Commission’s Office of Planning Advocacy releasing new guidelines for warehouse development. You can see the guidelines here that were adopted in September 2022.
Those guidelines are meant to help local governments better plan for regulating and approving warehouses. In some ways, if more communities proactively plan for this type of development, it can make it easier for developers by avoiding some of the controversies seen in places where commercial usage conflicts with residential needs.
We have studied these guidelines carefully and continue to monitor their impact. We expect to see more authorities adopt new rules for distribution and storage facilities, and will continue to stay at the forefront of this dynamic situation to help our clients navigate the approval processes for their projects.