A recently introduced bill aimed at reforming the state’s affordable housing policy was released by the Assembly Housing Committee Wednesday after hearing testimony from numerous stakeholders, including the League.
Assembly Bill A-4 would, among other things, eliminate the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) and clarify the methodology for calculating municipal fair share obligation. The 70-page bill was introduced and announced in a press conference on Monday, with the text made publicly available on Tuesday afternoon.
While we are still reviewing the legislation, we were able to provide the committee with testimony that identified some concerns. The League has long recognized the state’s affordable housing needs and advocated for the advancement of sensible affordable housing policy. A priority has been to return primary jurisdiction of review to challenges within the Fair Housing Act to an administrative entity and out of the courts. More detailed comments will be provided to the bill’s sponsors and the committee shortly.
A-4 is expected to be second referenced to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which is likely to meet on January 4. Its Senate companion, S-4251, is pending introduction and is expected to be introduced on Thursday and could be reviewed by a Senate committee on January 4.