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Affordable housing mandate threatens quality of life, mayor says

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Affordable housing mandate threatens quality of life, mayor says

Updated on June 20, 2017 at 3:31 PMPosted on June 20, 2017 at 3:30 PM

BY DAVE HUTCHINSON

NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

MONTGOMERY TWP. – Mayor Ed Trzaska is concerned that a potential court mandate requiring the township meet an affordable housing unit quota will put an overwhelming burden on the municipality and negatively effect the quality of life.

At issue is a state Supreme Court ruling in March of 2015 that opened the door for municipalities to be sued for not providing a “fair share” of affordable housing units. The ruling also allows a municipality to demonstrate in court that it has met the requirement to provide affordable housing.

The township, which has a population of some 23,000, has been in the forefront of providing affordable housing units, said Trzaska. Currently, he said the township has 300 affordable housing units, of which more than one-fourth are vacant.

Under a possible court ruling by the Fair Share Housing Counsel, the township could be forced to build between 501 and 1,000 additional affordable housing units, as well as 4,000 market-rate units, said Trzaska. The township has yet to be given the exact number of affordable units it must build, he said.

http://www.nj.com/somerset/index.ssf/2017/06/affordable-housing_mandate_threatens_nj_towns_qual.html

6 thoughts on “Affordable housing mandate threatens quality of life, mayor says

  1. “Mayor Ed Trzaska is concerned that a potential court mandate requiring the township meet an affordable housing unit quota will put an overwhelming burden on the municipality and negatively effect the quality of life.
    .
    This is the plan.
    Since socialists cannot raise the collective quality of life, they are hell bent on reducing the quality of life for those who have worked hard to earn it – in the name of “fairness”
    .
    Unfortunately the spineless government of RW is unwilling to take on this fight for its residents.
    .
    Pathetic.

  2. 10.20, so true. This VC is disappointing at best. Mediocre. I am absolutely shocked that these people who live in this village deal very seriously with some bullshit issues such as water restrictions, tree cutting, flag flying, street painting and don’t have balls to take on real ones that affect the current and long term future of this village. It seems like they have grown lazy and are feeling very comfortable. Honestly when I see Ramon and Voigt now faces I know I can’t expect much. Susan has been disappointing as well.

  3. 10:20 does the usual post of widespread ignorance on this site and misses the point… it’s an unfunded mandate and the issue is the arbitrary formula which does not provide a legitimate solution… but when you have uninformed idiots like many posters here who think everything can be answered in 2 sentences with an anonymous post and “POOF!”, it’s resolved are delusional. All that does is give comfort to those who are more than happy to pass these mandates. Let the cyber cranks whine like conservative snowflakes… this issue is a very difficult one to deal with when you are in the most densely populated state in the nation… but you posted so all is well and problem solved.

  4. peesmith as usual misses the point and does not understand that in today’s litigious society that laws, mandates,etc can be challenged successfully. Of course peesmith rolls over as usual, rather than deciding to fight for that which is right.

  5. It’s judicial overreach, not a socialist plot. That’s the point. That electing legislators who can effectively challenge these rulings also is the point. That the Mt Laurel town by town mandate is crazy and undoable also is the point. Litigation will not do it. Effective legislating and yes, back room deals with compromises are the best ways to challenge this unworkable mandate.

  6. It’s not a socialist “plot”… its use socialism.
    You admit as much yourself by referencing Mt Laurel “craziness”.
    Problem is that you are willing to roll over. You are unwilling to fight… is it because it is against a socialist ideal which you support or is it that you have no backbone?

    Look at all of the fights that have been fought and won or are still in progress… it DOES NOT matter if you agree or disagree with the cause… what matters is that the insurmountable was conquered.

    For example…
    Look at sanctuary cities… they are fighting an “un-doable” law. Look at slaves fighting for freedom. Look at gays fighting for marriage. How come all of these “un-doable” laws were undone?

    Problem is that you are either for the law or as spineless as the VC and unwilling to fight for what is right and just.

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