In 1975, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that each municipality has a constitutional obligation to provide a realistic opportunity for the construction of their fair share of affordable housing. Over the years, the oversight of this process has taken several turns. Today, municipalities must go through a costly court process in order to be protected from further costly litigation known as builder’s remedy suits.
Next Round - 2025
New Jersey is approaching the 4th round of affordable housing obligations in 2025. The outcome of this new round of numbers will have a major impact on the planning, zoning, environmental, and budgetary decisions of municipalities for years to come.
At this time, there seems to be no meaningful discussion amongst lawmakers to either reconstitute the administrative agency known as COAH, have the agency perform it’s statutorily mandated rulemaking functions or have any comprehensive legislation to address the issue.
Without action in Trenton, municipalities across the state are facing the expiration of their court approved plans and will undoubtedly find themselves in further protracted legal battles.
Local officials should contact their representatives in Trenton, urging them to act. The uncertainty that surrounds the next round of municipal obligations set for 2025 will only lead to additional and costly litigation.
History of Affordable Housing
A history and timeline of events beginning in 1975.Link to page
League Releases Reports on Affordable Housing
In June 2015 the League Executive Board retained two expert consulting firms to provide an analysis of the State’s affordable housing policies and an April report issued by the Fair Share Housing Center. Two reports were created as a result.Link to page
Articles, Handbooks, and Other Resources
Resources, such as handbooks, reports, and news articles detailing the impact of affordable housing issues on municipalities.Link to page
Fair Share Projections
In January 2017 the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its decision on the gap issue. With its January 2017 decision, the Court may have expanded the Mount Laurel doctrine, beyond the plain language of the FHA and applicable regulations.Link to page
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Read through previously posted News Flash items.Link to page
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