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“Affordable Housing” Legal Battles Rage On

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River Vale NJ, On May 31st, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi participated in NJ Spotlight’s roundtable on Affordable Housing. The roundtable event addressed the history of the affordable housing issue in New Jersey – from the Mount Laurel decisions to the current court process – and the effect the issue has on municipalities across the State.

The state has been riddled with legal battle over affordable housing. Currently , Ridgewood and Franklin lakes are engage in lawsuits over affordable housing.

Two opposing forces in the statewide debate over affordable housing obligations, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39) and Fair Share Housing Center attorney Kevin Walsh .

They went head to head along with three other panelists in a livestreamed debate May 31 on how best to fulfill affordable housing obligations.

Assemblywoman Schepisi has been at the forefront of discussions over the State’s affordable housing and over-development crisis and has been a tireless advocate of taking a new approach – one that will serve the best interests of all residents. She recognizes the current approach is one that does not work, with District 39 residents paying some of the nation’s highest property taxes and simultaneously being saddled with affordable housing obligations that are unconscionable.

Schepisi has been outspoken on the issue for several years, leading a charge recently to take the issue away from superior courts and get legislators to act on reform bills she helped sponsor in 2018.

She previously alleged as have others that Walsh used bullying tactics to get towns to build affordable units and also that Walsh labels officials and legislators who oppose the current system for providing affordable housing “racist”—a charge she mentioned again in calling for more open discussion of the issue.

“There is an absolute need for affordability, there’s an absolute need to do it smartly. And we can’t shut down the conversation by just saying because somebody wants to see something done maybe better or differently, therefore racial segregation. It’s a total B.S. response, it’s something we need to be honest about and we need to be able to move forward together,” Schepisi said in concluding her remarks.

CLICK HERE for the NJ Spotlight recap page.

6 thoughts on ““Affordable Housing” Legal Battles Rage On

  1. Looks like a prison being built…

  2. This is beyond ridiculous. FSH has taken hostage a whole state . The market should decide who can buy a house where. Government should not interfere here and neither should a ghost organisation such as FSH. If you can’t afford to live in RW go live in Waldwick or some other area that suits you. I would love to live in Saddle River but can’t afford so I found a place I could afford in RW. This kind of policy is destroying all the nice and beautiful suburbs in NJ. I just can’t get why FSH has so much power and why residents have no say in this but are threatened into submission. The only mayors who are vocal about this craziness are Scotch Plains and Englewood Cliffs. These guys have balls and speak for their constituents.
    And yes all the new structures being built across the area are from the same exact set of drawings. They look like correction facilities.

  3. The eagle has landed

    As have the Turds they call modern Hip Padsters who will get rocked to their socks
    when those train whistles
    Blow and wail at 535 am
    And the drunk train pulls in from Hoboken at 1:20 am

  4. It’s going to be very congested.

  5. Look to Chris Christie and the “builder’s remedy” (AKA Mount Laurel), probably the worse law ever passed in the state.

    Our governors in both parties, the one now in Trenton included, have been no bargain for a very long time, but he was a complete disaster, not even pretending to do anything except for his personal advancement and gain–and even that didn’t work, leaving us with an awful mess.

    This Salon article was published two years ago.

  6. That building is not going to look good on the Valley site a few years from now. Maybe we can put some trees around it.

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