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Ridgewood Developer Looks to Back Out of Affordable Housing Commitment

photo courtesy of Chestnut Village Facebook page

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Two-Forty Associates LLC, the company behind the 43-unit Chestnut Village, under construction on Chestnut Street has filed suit against the village, alleging the municipality reneged on previously granted permission to provide special-needs housing, and instead changed its requirement to affordable units. Two-Forty Associates/Chestnut Village is owned by the Bolger family.

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Guess How Many Affordable Housing Units Could Be Coming to Bergen County?

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Posted by Matt Rooney On January 25, 2017

If you missed last week’s affordable housing decision from the N.J. Supreme Court, Save Jerseyans, then get caught up ASAP right here.

The bottom line?

New Jersey communities face NEW property tax-busting affordable housing requirements, as many as 150,000 unit state-wide; the numbers are being fought-out in a number of trial level venues as we speak.

Some of you have asked me what this could look like on a town-by-town basis.

Not pretty, that’s for damn sure, but our friend Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39) shared one pro-affordable housing organization’s projections via social media this morning to illustrate the challenge ahead for New Jersey’s municipalities.

Brace yourselves:

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N.J. on the hook for thousands more affordable housing units, Supreme Court says

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By MaryAnn Spoto | NJ Advance Media for
on January 18, 2017 at 1:50 PM, updated January 18, 2017 at 7:16 PM

TRENTON — New Jersey has to build thousands more units for its low-income residents to make up for the 16 years that the state didn’t address those needs, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

In a decision addressing New Jersey’s long-stalled regulations governing affordable housing, the state’s highest court said towns must take into consideration the need for housing that existed within their borders between 1999 and 2015. That’s the so-called gap period when the Council on Affordable Housing failed to adopt new rules.

The 6-0 decision, the latest in decades of Mount Laurel rulings governing affordable housing in New Jersey, rejects the assertion that only 37,000 units are needed and that the gap period calculations are not necessary because that need no longer exists.

“The decision says that the promise of the Mount Laurel decision is real for tens of thousands of families and people with disabilities and the New Jersey Supreme Court said our commitment to fight discrimination remains good law,” said Kevin Walsh, executive director of Fair Share Housing Center, the advocacy group that has taken the lead in enforcing Mount Laurel obligations.

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State high court hears case that could change face of towns across N.J.

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Updated: DECEMBER 1, 2016 — 1:07 AM EST

by David O’Reilly, Staff Writer

In a case that could reshape the look and feel of many New Jersey towns, the state Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether municipalities must zone for the many thousands of affordable-housing units that they did not zone for during the last 16 years.

If the high court rules that an obligation for that “gap period” exists, it could double or triple the number of affordable-housing units that some towns and cities must zone for by 2025.

In some of their questioning, justices seemed to be skeptical that the obligation could be avoided.

“Are you saying these people [in need of affordable housing] disappeared for 16 years?” asked Justice Faustino Fernandez-Vina.

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N.J. towns get big break in required number of affordable housing units



 New Jersey’s suburban towns got a big break Monday in the number of affordable housing units that must be built over the next decade, as a state appeals panel overturned a court order that could have added thousands of units to developers’ plans.
State law continues to mandate that cities and suburbs allow the development of low-income housing.