40:55D-125. Development transfer bank
a. The governing body of Burlington county or a municipality therein may provide for the purchase, sale, or exchange of the development potential that is available for transfer from a sending zone by the establishment of a development transfer bank. Any development transfer bank established therefor shall be governed by a board of directors comprising five members appointed by the governing body of the municipality or Burlington county, as the case may be. The members shall have expertise in either banking, law, land use planning, natural resource protection, historic site preservation or agriculture. The bank shall be funded at a level equal to at least 10% of the market value of the sending zone prior to the implementation of the development transfer ordinance for the purchase, sale, or exchange and shall be renewed to this funding level on an annual basis. For the purposes of this act and the "Local Bond Law," P.L.1960, c.169 (C.40A:2-1 et seq.), a purchase by the bank shall be considered an acquisition of lands for public purposes.
b. The development transfer bank is authorized to purchase property in a sending zone if:
(1) Adequate funds have been provided for these purposes; and,
(2) The person from whom the development potential is to be purchased demonstrates possession of marketable title to the property, is legally empowered to restrict the use of the property in conformance with this act, and certifies that the property is not otherwise encumbered or transferred.
c. The development transfer bank may, for the purposes of its own development potential transactions, establish a municipal average of the value of the development potential of all property in a sending zone of a municipality within its jurisdiction, which value shall generally reflect market value prior to the effective date of the development transfer ordinance. The establishment of this municipal average shall not prohibit the purchase of development potential for any price by private sale or transfer but shall be used only when the development transfer bank itself is purchasing the development potential of property in the sending zone. Several average values in any sending zone may be established for greater accuracy of valuation.
d. The development transfer bank may sell, exchange, or otherwise convey the development potential of property that it has purchased or otherwise acquired pursuant to the provisions of this act, but only in a manner that does not substantially impair the private sale or transfer of development potential.
e. When the sending zone includes agricultural land a development transfer bank shall, when considering the purchase of development potential based upon values derived by municipal averaging, submit the municipal average arrived at pursuant to subsection c. of this section for review and comment to the CADB. The development transfer bank shall coordinate the development transfer program with the farmland preservation program established pursuant to P.L.1983, c.32 (C.4:1C-11 et al.) to the maximum extent practicable and feasible.
f. A development transfer bank may apply for funds for the purchase of development potential under the provisions of P.L.1978, c.118, P.L.1983, c.354, or any other act providing funds for the purpose of acquiring and developing land for recreation and conservation purposes consistent with the provisions and conditions of those acts.
g. A development transfer bank may apply for matching funds for the purchase of development potential under the provisions of P.L.1981, c.276 for the purpose of farmland preservation and agricultural development consistent with the provisions and conditions of that act and P.L.1983, c.32 (C.4:1C-11 et al.).
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