The New Jersey Supreme Court decision today in In re Adoption of N.J.A.C. 5:96 & 5:97 is a victory for balanced planning aimed at the inclusion of households of all income levels in our communities.
The decision requires COAH to issue prompt regulations that will create real opportunities for people to live where they work, as moderate- and low-income households are integrated into all of our communities.
In rejecting the Christie Administration’s argument that the Governor had the power to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) under the “Executive Reorganization Act,” the Court not only affirmed an Appellate Court decision that had invalidated the Governor’s reorganization plan but also appeared to invite the Governor and the Legislature to cooperate in the passage and enactment of COAH Reform.
Professional planners have an important role – and responsibility – to advise and assist their local communities in addressing the emergent housing needs – and vulnerabilities – that have become painfully apparent in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
The New Jersey Legislature has a clear path through the ongoing confusion concerning the status of COAH and the present uncertainty about the definition of “committing-to-expend” Affordable Housing Trust Funds: passage of A-2950 and S-2011 – to provide for a two year extension of the July 17th deadline.
Actions that NJ Chapter Members Should Consider Recommending To Municipal Officials regarding Affordable Housing Trust Funds.