Meryl A.G. Gonchar

Meryl A.G. Gonchar: Attorney with Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. AV stamp icon
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Biography

Meryl A.G. Gonchar is Co-Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross Land Use Practice Group. Her practice encompasses all aspects of land use, redevelopment, zoning and related litigation. She represents property owners and developers in appearances before planning and zoning boards throughout the state, in connection with obtaining land use approvals and permits for residential, retail, office, industrial and mixed-use projects. She also represents clients in land use and related litigation before the Superior Court of New Jersey. Ms. Gonchar’s diversified experience enables her to provide clients with continuity throughout the often long and complicated land development or redevelopment process.

Ms. Gonchar is a former instructor at Monmouth University Kislak Real Estate Institute where she taught real estate development. She also guest lectures at Rutgers Graduate School of Business and Rutgers Business School on the topic of land use.

Press Releases

Sills Cummis & Gross’ Meryl Gonchar Receives NJBA Chairman’s Award

4/4/2017

In The News Items

NAIOP Panelists: Regulatory Changes, Court Actions Reshaping Development

GlobeSt.com 7/30/2018

Coalition Sends Murphy Its Plan to Find Land

NJBIZ 12/11/2017

High-powered Industry Coalition Seeks to Provide a Roadmap for New Governor and Legislature

Real Estate NJ 12/5/2017

Developing a Plan: Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition offers Phil Murphy a blueprint for how to grow the state’s economy and add jobs

ROI-NJ 11/13/2017

NAIOP NJ Reviews CRE Regulatory, Legislative and Environmental Trends

GlobeSt.com 8/4/2017

Rutgers’ Center for Real Estate Announces 2017 Advisory Board, Emerging Leaders Council

NJBIZ 8/1/2017

MLUL Reform Bill Advances

The WeekEnder Brief - a publication of NAIOP New Jersey 3/10/2017

Presentations

2019 New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention

New Jersey State Bar Association 5/15/2019

Atlantic Builders Convention 2019

New Jersey Builders Association 4/3/2019

2019 Land Use Update

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 3/20/2019

Legislative and Regulatory Update

Performance Guarantee Reform Law New Jersey Builders Association 9/21/2018

Building a Better NJ: Regulatory, Legislative & Legal Update

NAIOP New Jersey 7/12/2018

2018 New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention

New Jersey State Bar Association 5/16/2018

Atlantic Builders Convention 2018

New Jersey Builders Association 4/11/2018

Legislative, Legal & Regulatory Update

New Jersey Builders Association 2/23/2018

The Land Use Institute

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 12/13/2017

Gubernatorial Transition: Public Policy Update

NAIOP New Jersey 12/5/2017

Real Estate Development

Rutgers Business School - Center for Real Estate 11/27/2017

Legal “Hot Topics” Seminar

New Jersey Builders Association 10/20/2017

New Jersey Real Estate Law

Rutgers Business School - Center for Real Estate 9/13/2017

Regulatory, Legislative & Legal Issues Impacting CRE: Annual Update to Focus on Water Quality Management and Site Remediation

NAIOP New Jersey 7/13/2017

Inherently Beneficial Uses

New Jersey Association of Planning and Zoning Administrators 6/8/2017

2017 New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention

New Jersey State Bar Association 5/17/2017

Atlantic Builders Convention 2017

New Jersey Builders Association 4/5/2017

2017 Land Use Update

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 3/29/2017

NJBA Affordable Housing Update

New Jersey Builders Association 2/22/2017

Real Estate Conference: The Mount Laurel Doctrine; Where We Are & What Happens Now?

What are the challenges? After decades of court decisions, legislation and litigation, what are the successes and what are the failures? How did we get to where we are? Rutgers Center for Real Estate 12/15/2016

Redevelop NJ - Navigating the Growing Redevelopment Trend - CLE Seminar

New Jersey Builders Association 6/16/2016

An Introduction to New Jersey Land Use Practice

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 6/15/2016

Atlantic Builders Convention 2016

New Jersey Builders Association 3/29/2016

2nd Annual Land Development Summit

How to Effectively Work With Municipalities Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal 3/18/2016

2016 Land Use Update

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 3/16/2016

Indispensable Topics in Commercial Real Estate

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 12/16/2015

Regulatory, Legislative & Legal Update

NAIOP New Jersey 6/24/2015

79th Annual Princeton Conference

Real Estate Development from the Ground Up Appraisal Institute - Metro New Jersey Chapter 4/24/2015

Risk and Reward: Successful Women in Commercial Real Estate

CREW NJ 4/16/2015

1st Annual NJ Land Development Summit

Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal 4/2/2015

Atlantic Builders Convention 2015

Legal Trends I - Land Use Law (Meryl Gonchar); Site Remediation Regulatory Updates (Andrew Robins) New Jersey Builders Association 3/25/2015

2015 Land Use Update

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 3/18/2015

NJ Industrial Real Estate & Development Summit

The Power of Collaboration - City/Counties partnering on economic development projects Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal 2/12/2015

Legislative/Land Use Update

New Jersey Builders Association 2/4/2015

New Jersey Planning Conference

So, You Want to Be an Expert Witness? American Planning Association - New Jersey Chapter 1/29/2015

13th Annual RealShare New Jersey Conference

Town Hall: Economic Growth Update GlobeSt.com 9/11/2014

Regulatory, Legislative & Legal Updates

NAIOP New Jersey 7/30/2014

Land Use Basics

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 6/13/2014

New Jersey Opportunities Breakfast

Development Update RealShare 5/29/2014

65th Annual Atlantic Builders Convention

Legal Trends I - Land Use Law (Gonchar); Site Remediation Regulatory Updates (Robins); Legal Trends II - Environmental Law (Robins); Presenting Development Applications to Local Boards - Ethical and Professional Considerations (Moore) New Jersey Builders Association 3/26/2014

RealShare New Jersey Conference

Power Panel RealShare 9/17/2013

Members Only Update

New Jersey Builders Association 9/11/2013

The Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 and Late-Breaking Policy Issues

NAIOP NJ 8/14/2013

2013 Atlantic Builders Convention

Legal Trends I - Land Use Law (Gonchar); Site Remediation Regulatory Updates (Robins); Growth in Mixed Use Developments (Moore); and Ethics in Government Relations (Robins) New Jersey Builders Association 4/10/2013

New Jersey Planning Conference

Land Use Update American Planning Association New Jersey Chapter 1/31/2013

Publications

Moving Towards Consistency: Amendments to the Municipal Land Use Law, N.J.S.A. 40:55d-53, Bond Requirements

Dimensions Magazine 3/13/2018

Appellate Division Intervention Concerning Municipal Affordable Housing Development Fees Presents Opportunities for Developers

Dimensions 7/1/2015

Highlands Law Impacts Development

New Jersey REALTOR 3/1/2005

Zoning and Land Use Litigation

New Jersey Land Use and Environmental Law 2/4/1993

Rankings and Recognition

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2005-2019, New Jersey Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

The Best Lawyers in America 2007-2019, Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning Law; Litigation: Real Estate and Litigation: Land Use & Zoning

The Best Lawyers in America, Princeton Lawyer of the Year 2019, Real Estate Law

The Best Lawyers in America, Princeton “Lawyer of the Year” 2018, Land Use and Zoning Law

The Best Lawyers in America, Woodbridge “Lawyer of the Year” 2016, Land Use and Zoning Law

The Best Lawyers in America, Newark “Lawyer of the Year” 2015, Litigation: Land Use and Zoning

New Jersey Super Lawyers 2008-2019, Land Use and Zoning

New Jersey Super Lawyers “The Top 50 Women Super Lawyers” 2010-2019

New Jersey Super Lawyers “Top 100 Super Lawyers” 2014, 2017-2019

Cornerstone Award, New Jersey Builders Association 2019

Chairman’s Award, New Jersey Builders Association 2015, 2017 and 2018

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating

Pillar Award, NAIOP NJ 2013

Women’s Initiatives Award, Garden State Woman 2011

Transactional (Non-Litigation) Attorney Practice Award, Middlesex County Bar Association 2010

“Women of Influence,” Real Estate Forum 2010

“Women of Influence,” Real Estate New Jersey 2009

NJBIZ “Top 50 Women in Business” 2008

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Real Estate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Rutgers University, B.A., cum laude, 1978
Law School Attended:
Rutgers School of Law, J.D., 1981
Year of First Admission:
1981
Admission:
1981, New Jersey; 1981, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Memberships:

Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL)
Member, Advisory Board, Center for Real Estate, Rutgers Business School
Member, Board of Directors and Trustee, NAIOP New Jersey Chapter
- Co-Chair, NAIOP 2019 Gala
- Former Vice President, Associates Affairs
Member, Board of Directors, New Jersey Builders Association
- Former Chair, Master Sponsor Program
- Member, Legislative Committee
Member, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW NJ)
- Past President, CREW-NJ Chapter (1998)
- Former Chapter Delegate, national CREW Network
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
- Past Chair and Emeritus Member, Board of Trustees, Land Use Law Section
- Former Member, Board of Trustees, Women in the Profession Section
- Member, Legislative Committee
Former Member, American Bar Association
- Former Member, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
- Former Member, State and Local Government Law Section
Former Member, Board of Trustees, Middlesex County Bar Association
Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
Member, Urban Land Institute Northern New Jersey Chapter
Member, Executive Women of New Jersey
- Former Member, Board of Directors
Member, Monmouth University Kislak Real Estate Institute Program Advisory Committee
- Member, Leadership Excellence Award Dinner Planning Committee
Member, Board of Trustees, Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey (Middlesex and Monmouth Counties)
- Former President, Women's Philanthropy
Vice President, New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations
Former Member, Board of Directors, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick

Birth Information:
New Brunswick, New Jersey, September 16, 1956
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Obtained preliminary and final site plan approval for mixed-use redevelopment project including 424 residential units, 25,000 square feet of retail space and structured parking with extensive park and open space.; Obtained minor subdivision approval and preliminary and final site plan approval for a 45 acre 380,540 square foot warehouse building.; Obtained site plan approval and use variance for a six-story mixed-use building comprised of five stories of residential units over a first floor containing commercial space in Hoboken. The project was approved for 44 residential units, 44 parking spaces and commercial use to be occupied by a local theater company for studio and children's theater space as well as a small retail area. The building will be developed to achieve LEED Platinum accreditation.; Obtained preliminary and final major site plan approval together with a use and bulk variances to permit modifications to an existing vacant industrial building in Hoboken to permit the building to be used for retail, commercial recreational, and commercial/office uses. The proposed commercial recreational use is a three-story rock climbing gym facility and retail and office are proposed for other portions of the building.; As part of a leading real estate industry association's acquisition of a parcel of property in central NJ to be used as the group's new headquarters, handled an application for preliminary and final site plan approval and variance relief to construct a mixed-use structure in a designated municipal redevelopment area. The project comprises a 20,850 square foot three-story building with leasable commercial space on the ground floor and offices on the second and third floors. Approval was obtained in March 2015.; Obtained preliminary and final site plan approval for a mixed-use commercial and residential project in Atlantic Highlands, to be comprised of 18 residential units and commercial space.; Obtained preliminary and final site plan approval and d height variance for a new football stadium to be built on the campus of a leading New Jersey university.; Negotiated a redevelopment plan and redevelopment agreement, and obtained subdivision approval to create four building lots and site plan approval for a 2,500+ parking space structured parking facility on the ON3 campus in Nutley.; Obtained preliminary and final site plan approval for a 250,000 square foot office and laboratory facility with a parking space structured parking facility on the ON3 campus in Clifton.
ISLN:
907001858

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0
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