Scott G. Collins is Counsel in the firm’s Governmental Affairs Group. His practice focuses on land use, State and local government law, as well as real property tax litigation.
His practice encompasses all aspects of land development. He has presented site plan, subdivision and use variance applications before municipal land use boards throughout the State. Mr. Collins has also represented municipal land use agencies and served as counsel to the West Caldwell Township Planning Board from 2004 to 2010. He has litigated municipal and State land use approvals on behalf of both property owners and municipalities.
Riker Danzig serves as counsel to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (“CRDA”). Mr. Collins has provided counsel and advice to CRDA in the implementation of the Atlantic City Tourism District Act, which transferred zoning and land use jurisdiction to CRDA in the Atlantic City Tourism District. He has assisted CRDA in developing a Tourism District Master Plan, land use regulations and procedures to hear land use applications for properties within the Atlantic City Tourism District. He has served as counsel to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority land use hearing officer since 2011.
Mr. Collins regularly appears before State administrative agencies to obtain land development and related approvals. He has considerable experience representing clients before the NJ Department of Transportation, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and various other State administrative agencies.
Riker Danzig serves as special counsel to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (“FMERA”) for municipal law matters. In this capacity, Mr. Collins provides legal representation and advice to FMERA in connection with municipal, transportation, utilities, historic preservation, land use law matters as well as real estate transactional counseling involving the redevelopment of Fort Monmouth, an approximately 1300 acre army facility that was closed in 2011.
Mr. Collins also has expertise in real property tax litigation. He has represented both taxpayers and taxing authorities in appeals to County Boards of Taxation and the Tax Court of New Jersey. He has also litigated farmland assessment claims on behalf of property owners and tax exemption issues on behalf of hospitals, charities and not-for-profit organizations.
Mr. Collins formerly served as an intern for Hon. Susan Scott of the New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division. Scott was named to Morris/Essex Health & Life magazine’s “Top Lawyer” list for 2019 for his work in Land Use and Governmental Affairs. Attorneys were selected for inclusion on the list by an online peer-voting process. The top vote-getters in selected areas were included on this list. Thomson Reuters magazine recognizes Scott as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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