As you are undoubtedly well aware, the March 10, 2015 ruling from the New Jersey Supreme Court stripping the Council On Affordable Housing (COAH) of their oversight of the constitutional obligation of every municipality in New Jersey to plan for and accommodate affordable housing has effectively changed the rules for all of us.
The Rules Have Changed!
Not only have nearly 400 New Jersey municipalities been put on notice that they must submit suitable plans for affordable housing to the Courts by July 8, 2015; but this ruling gives builders and developers legal remedies (outside of the administrative appeals process within COAH) with which to compel these municipalities to comply. If you have a property/site that you believe is suitable for affordable housing, the time to act is now.
For your convenience, here is a breakdown of the ruling and the implications for owners and developers in a video podcast Q&A.
How Can We Help?
Stark & Stark’s attorneys are prepared to leverage our relationships at the municipal level along with our intimate understanding of the zoning and land use process to help get your sites included in municipal affordable housing plans. Our litigators are also ready to counsel you on the legal remedies at your disposal if/when your property/site is excluded from an affordable housing plan. Don’t wait until it’s too late.