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LYNDHURST, NJ-The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, the state agency that oversees planning and development in the Meadowlands region, has adopted new regulations that are designed to promote environmentally friendly construction and building management in the region. The incentives are voluntary.

“These regulations will serve as an incentive for those bringing new projects to the Meadowlands to build ‘green’,” says NJMC chair Susan Bass Levin, who’s also the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. “This action coincides with the DCA Green Building Task Force’s effort to transform New Jersey into a leader in green program and policy initiatives.”

The incentives are consistent with the guidelines of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. They include a partial refund of required zoning review fees based on the level of LEED certification achieved. Refunds will be 30% for a Platinum project under the LEED rating system, 25% for a Gold project, 20% for a Silver project and 15% for a Certified project.

Applications for LEED-certified projects will get a priority review by NJMC staff. There will also be density incentives for new LEED-certified buildings and additions where residential uses are permitted.

The latest action follows another NJMC-initiated effort earlier this year. As reported by GlobeSt.com, the commission formed the Regional Renewable Energy District in the Meadowlands, with the goal of creating 20 MW of renewable energy within the district by the year 2020.

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