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December 8, 2008

Affordable Housing/COAH Update




Dear Mayor:

Today, Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts and Assemblyman Jerry Green, Chair of the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee, wrote to the Executive Director of the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) and asked for the agency to allow towns to seek at least a 90-day extension from the current December 31 deadline.

The League has twice written Governor Corzine (see our letter of November 14 and November 24) and requested an Executive Order extending the current December 31 deadline.    The action of the Assembly Leadership is most welcomed and appreciated, but we view a 90-day extension as just a good beginning.

There are, however, many good reasons to extend the deadline beyond 90-days.  For instance, the League’s request for a 180 day extension is supported by environmental advocates, who express concerns that the deadline does not allow time for adequate planning and the conflict with the Water Quality Management Plans due by April 7, 2009.

We would like to call your attention to two news articles on the impending December 31 deadline established by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), and the on-going call for an extension to that deadline.

From Sunday’s New York Times:

From Saturday’s Newark Star-Ledger:

For more on this issue, please see our Dear Mayor letter of November 26.   Approximately 250 municipalities have pledged to assist the League’s challenge of the COAH regulations.    If your municipality has not yet pledged but would like to, the pledge form is available online at:

Questions on this letter can be directed to Mike Cerra at or (609) 695-3481 x120


                                                                        Very truly yours,


                                                                        William G. Dressel, Jr.
                                 Executive Director



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