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Time for the Ridgewood Mayor and Village Council to support Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi’s legislation which imposes a moratorium on all affordable housing litigation


March 12,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, is it time for the Mayor and Village Council to step up and support Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi’s legislation , bill (A4666) which imposes a moratorium on all affordable housing litigation until the end of the year.

Please get your local Mayors and Councils to support these bills and call your legislators to co-sponsor them.

“The problem with this particular issue is that if people wait too long, there’s no way to reverse it,” said Schepisi. “I don’t think people know how critical of a timing issue this is for so many of the residents we represent and the municipalities we represent.”

As towns near the end of their court-granted immunity from builders’ remedy lawsuits, many are beginning to settle their affordable housing obligations.

“Municipalities, their mayors and councils, are feeling tremendous pressure to enter into settlement agreements which may not benefit their communities in any sort of fashion because they literally feel as though they have a gun to their heads,” Schepisi said.

Schepisi proposes putting the brakes on litigation while Legislature addresses affordable housing crisis.
Trenton, N.J. – New Jersey municipalities could get relief from building more than 200,000 low income housing units and 1,000,000 total new housing units under a bill introduced by Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi on Tuesday. The bill (A4666) imposes a moratorium on all affordable housing litigation until the end of the year.

“If we wait any longer the transformative impact on our communities will not be reversible,” said Schepisi (R-Bergen). “Now is the time for the Legislature to act.”

Municipalities have spent millions of taxpayer dollars over the years fighting affordable housing mandates in court. After a January NJ Supreme Court ruling forced towns to consider past housing needs for the first time, municipalities statewide are struggling to compensate. The far-reaching mandate increases low-income housing need by 142 percent while forcing municipalities to permit building that would accommodate a phantom 30 percent population increase.

“The court’s social engineering will devastate all 23 municipalities I represent and suburban municipalities throughout the entire state,” said Schepisi. “The legislature needs to stop ignoring affordable housing and instead should immediately act to fix this problem in a responsible manner. While we focus our energies to vote on the State bird and State butterfly our communities are being turned into mini Brooklyns. We cannot let the court legislate what is best for individual communities. This isn’t temporary; this is forever. I am circulating a resolution to every Mayor and Council in the State seeking their support for an immediate legislative solution.”

Schepisi also introduced a companion bill (A-4667) creating a short term commission that will study prior court decisions, the effectiveness of past affordable housing practices, and analyze projected population increases and corresponding housing need. The commission will hold public hearings and is required to publish a report of its findings at the end of the year.

The January court mandate would unnecessarily increase housing supply by as much as 30 percent in the next 9 years anticipating a population growth of 2.73 million. If built, the number of new housing units in New Jersey would exceed housing numbers for the entire city of Manhattan. These projections would cost New Jersey taxpayers over $11.75 billion more in education alone. On the flip side, Rutger’s economists project a population increase of only .3 percent, or 219,000 people, per year until 2026.

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Christie expected to call for moratorium on efforts to get tax payments (PILOT) from non-profit hospitals



Governor Christie is expected on Friday to call for legislation creating a two-year moratorium on efforts by municipalities to get property tax payments from non-profit hospitals – more than a dozen lawsuits have already been filed – as well as a blue-ribbon panel to study the issue.

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Ridgewood Planning Board member calls for moratorium on proposals to amend master plan


Ridgewood Planning Board member calls for moratorium on proposals to amend master plan

JULY 17, 2014    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014, 3:14 PM

Following three hours of testimony and questioning on proposed multifamily housing on Tuesday night, Ridgewood Planning Board member Michele Peters said she felt rushed by developers for an answer on whether the village’s master plan should be amended.

Three developers are seeking the amendment as the first step in a process to gain approval to build multifamily housing in the village’s Central Business District.

“How are we going to stop this train?” Peters said. “When are we going to take the time to really talk about the master plan?”

Applications to amend the village’s master plan amendment from the housing developers, and one from Valley Hospital which was recently rejected, have forced the board to hear proponents of change for several years.

In response to vocal opposition from resident group Citizens for a Better Ridgewood (CBR) and lawn signs that read “Save Our Village,” Deputy Mayor Albert Pucciarelli has scheduled an informal public meeting for an open discussion on the future of the CBD. The forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. on July 23 in the Village Hall courtroom.

The issue stems from an ordinance adopted in 2007 that allows individuals or groups to propose master plan amendments. Councilwoman Susan Knudsen, who was sworn in earlier this month, has called for the village to repeal the ordinance.

“Can we have a moratorium on applications? Can we not take some time to stop so we can talk about this … instead of dealing with a fire as it comes to us?” Peters asked.

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