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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.

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Ridgewood Developer Looks to Back Out of Affordable Housing Commitment

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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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Valley will maintain a vibrant campus in Ridgewood that will be dedicated to a broad range of healthcare services


 “I can’t believe they are going to build a whole new hospital! Wonder what the old one will become?”

Valley Health System ,”Valley will maintain a vibrant campus in Ridgewood that will be dedicated to a broad range of healthcare services. Those services may include an urgent care center, and laboratory, radiology and endoscopy services. Moving the inpatient services to Paramus also provides Valley with an opportunity to consolidate existing ambulatory and outpatient services, as well as health system business functions.”

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NJTPC General Meeting -Special Guest Speaker – Dr. Al Frech : The dangers of HUD grants

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September 20, 2016

“Do you know how HUD (US Dept of Housings and Urban Development) entices towns to take money and then …………..HUD takes over your rights with the Mayor and Council – you nor your Council have say in the decisions of the town in which you live and pay taxes.”

Teaneck NJ, Dr. Al Frech has been following HUD for the last eight years and is making a difference in Ringwood and Wayne by alerting citizens and town councils on the dangers of HUD grants.

Perhaps your town has taken CDBG grants in the past.  Everything changed in July 2015 with the affirmative fair housing. They added 377 new pages. In one section they say they won’t change your zoning, but if your zoning happens to conflict with the Fair Housing Act, then that is of concern. They never really spell out for you what the Fair Housing Act now happens to control. Once you sign on the line, you sign a contract that you will do whatever the plan turns out to be for that Fair Housing Assessment.

The wording in the AFFH ruling is accurate, but somewhat deceptive. Actually, HUD wants nothing to do with a community’s zoning laws.  However, to affirmatively further fair housing, grantees may be required to ignore or change them themselves. In other words, HUD will CONTROL.

The rule does not impose any land use decisions or zoning laws on any local government. However a paragraph later says, but we will assist recipients to adjust their land use and zoning laws to meet their legal obligation to Affirmative Fair Housing.

You can’t afford to be in the dark – your town, your property value and your community could be in the hands of others – not you nor your town council!

American Legion Hall, 650 American Legion Drive, Teaneck, NJ