Lisa John-Basta is a member in the firm’s Real Estate, Development and Land Use Group. Lisa has over fifteen years of experience representing both municipalities and private developers throughout the local and outside agency land use and redevelopment entitlement process.
Lisa regularly appears before governing bodies, planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment across the State on behalf of developers in connection with applications for site plan, subdivision, variances and zoning interpretations.
Her practice also heavily concentrates on guiding developers through the redevelopment process. This process entails working closely with municipal government to designate areas in need of redevelopment, adoption of redevelopment plans, negotiation of redevelopment agreements and the entry into long-term and short-term tax abatement agreements.
Lisa is the co-author to the most preeminent treatise on land use and zoning in the State, entitled the New Jersey Zoning & Land Use Administration, 2015-2018 Editions, published by Gann Law Books and commonly referred to as the "Cox Book" in the land use field.
She is also the co-author of the Municipal Land Use Law Chapter of the Complete Guide to Planning in New Jersey, 2010 Third Edition, as well as the 2018 Fourth Edition, published by the American Planning Association, New Jersey Chapter.
Prior to joining the firm, Lisa was counsel at Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable B. Theodore Bozonelis, Assignment Judge of the Morris and Sussex Vicinages of the Superior Court of New Jersey.
New Jersey Zoning & Land Use Administration (2015-2018 Editions)
Municipal Land Use Law Chapter of the Complete Guide to Planning in New Jersey, Fourth Edition (2010)
New Jersey Planning Conference: Fixing New Jersey Redevelopment Practices (January 25, 2019)
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Education: Advanced Topics in Land Use V: Powers, Challenges, Notices and Recent Developments Webinar (January 23, 2019)
Essex County Bar Association Redevelopment and Land Use Committee: The Legal Issues Involved in Attracting Redevelopment to the Essex Suburbs (April 10, 2018)
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Education and the New Jersey State Bar Association: 2018 Land Use Update (March 28, 2018)
New Jersey Planning Conference: Who Runs the World? Girls! Power, Money & Law (January 26, 2018)
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Education and the New Jersey State Bar Association: 2017 Land Use Update (February 15, 2017)
The State Has Pushed Snooze for the Last Time and It’s Time for Developers to Go to Work! (April 2016)
Lisa A. John-Basta Co-authors Guide on NJ Zoning & Land Use (March 18, 2015)
18th Edition of Highly-Regarded NJ Zoning and Land Use "Cox Book", Co-authored by CSG's Lisa John-Basta, Recently Published (April 18, 2018)
CSG Announces Seven Attorney Promotions (January 1, 2018)