TITLE

Fairness, Jersey Style

AUTHOR(S)
Chambers, Steve
PUB. DATE
October 2005
SOURCE
Planning;Oct2005, Vol. 71 Issue 9, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents a discussion on a controversial housing policy of New Jersey. Ever since its highest court began issuing a series of sweeping decisions in the 1970s, New Jersey has been considered a national leader in the effort to build affordable housing. But for two decades, a controversial policy has gained popularity--one that allows richer communities to transfer their housing obligations to poorer towns. In 1985, with many towns in open rebellion over the New Jersey Supreme Court's second affordable housing decision--known as Mount Laurel II--the legislature fashioned a compromise aimed at wresting the matter from the courts. It established a state agency, the Council on Affordable Housing, to oversee local housing plans. Towns that agreed to participate were given immunity from builders' lawsuits. The council reduced by half the number of units for low- and moderate-income families that the courts had identified as a target. It also introduced a number of rules that the towns accepted-and that housing advocates considered loopholes. One of the most hotly debated was the rule covering regional contribution agreements, which allow towns to pay other jurisdictions--most often financially strapped cities--to build up to half of their required units.
ACCESSION #
18483150

 

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