• Sep 15, 2021Christopher Erd Speaks on New Jersey’s Increasing Expansion of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    At the August 26, 2021 EV Coalition “EV Chargers at Places You Like to Go!,” Norris McLaughlin Member and Land Use and Zoning attorney Christopher Erd participated in a collaborative discussion on Electric Vehicles (EV) with John Stuckey, Director of Site Development at Volta Charging, and Adam Bradford, Somerset County Senior Transportation Planner. The discussion was moderated by Leanne McGowan, Director of Business Development for RideWise, Somerset County’s go-to partner for information on environmentally friendly transportation. The speakers discussed New Jersey’s expansion of local charging networks for EV and Governor Murphy’s recent legislation related to the permitting process to build EV charging stations.

    New Jersey’s Increasing Expansion of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    With a focus on what the EV industry means for municipalities, developers and builders, the group discussed the increasing adoption of EV charging, the business model for retail properties, and Somerset County’s plans for connecting EV drivers in more locations.

    Chris, who has significant experience providing legal counsel on land use and zoning issues related to EV, explained the current applications, issues, and processes. Specifically, he reviewed the state’s standards for installation and use of EV charging stations in common interest communities such as condominium and homeowners’ associations, as well as requirements and zoning standards for installation of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) and Make-Ready parking spaces in municipalities.

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    About Christopher Erd

    Chris’s primary practice areas are land use and zoning, electric vehicles, commercial-scale solar energy, commercial-scale electric battery storage, commercial and residential real estate sales and leases, and environmental law. He has obtained numerous real estate development approvals, closed many sales, and prepared a great deal of leases. His major client business areas include real estate developers, commercial and industrial property owners and tenants, warehouses, shopping centers, restaurants, bars, hotels, gasoline stations, wholesale fuel suppliers, convenience stores, electric vehicle charging stations, solar energy providers, commercial electricity storage, and wireless telecommunications providers.

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  • Apr 28, 2021Reimagining Land Use Boards during COVID-19

    Christopher A. Erd, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present the webinar, “Reimagining Land Use Boards during COVID-19,” hosted by the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA) as part of its Law Day celebrations.

    Reimagining Land Use Boards

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Changes to the law due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
    • Application and hearing prep
    • Virtual meetings and public access
    • Predictions for the future, such as the use of virtual/remote technology

    Participants will also have time for a Q&A session. There will be a nominal fee of $25 for SCBA members who want CLE credit, but the webinar is free to the public.

    When: Thursday, May 6, 2021

    1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    To register, please email

    About Chris Erd

    Chris devotes his practice primarily to land use and zoning, environmental, regulatory permitting, 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. Chris has been involved in land use approvals, leases, and sales for energy projects, including solar and battery storage.

    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.

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