40:12-15.9 Lands acquired by municipality held in trust.
9.Lands acquired by a municipality using revenue raised pursuant to P.L.1997, c.24 (C.40:12-15.1 et seq.) shall be held in trust and shall be used exclusively for the purposes authorized under P.L.1997, c.24.
After conducting at least one public hearing thereon and upon a finding that the purposes of P.L.1997, c.24 might otherwise be better served or that any land acquired by a municipality pursuant thereto is required for another public use, which finding shall be set forth in an ordinance adopted by the governing body of the municipality, the governing body may convey, through sale, exchange, transfer, or other disposition, title to, or a lesser interest in, that land, provided that the governing body shall replace any land conveyed under this section by land of at least equal fair market value and of reasonably equivalent usefulness, size, quality, and location to the land conveyed, and any monies derived from the conveyance shall be deposited into the "Municipal Open Space, Recreation, Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund" created pursuant to subsection c. of section 7 of P.L.1997, c.24 (C.40:12-15.7) for use for the purposes authorized by P.L.1997, c.24 for monies in the municipal trust fund. Any such conveyance shall be made in accordance with the "Local Lands and Buildings Law," P.L.1971, c.199 (C.40A:12-1 et seq.). In the event of conveyance by exchange, the land or improvements thereon to be transferred to the trust shall be at least equal in fair market value and of reasonably equivalent usefulness, size, quality, and location to the land or improvements transferred from the trust.
L.1997, c.24, s.9; amended 2011, c.173, s.9.
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