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October 21, 2014

RE:  COAH deadlocks and does not advance proposed regulations

Dear Mayor:

On Monday, the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) deadlocked on its motion to adopt the proposed “third round regulations.”  Initially, a motion was made to table the regulations for 60 days, which failed after a 3-3 vote.  Later, a motion to adopt the regulations also failed on an identical 3-3 vote.   Voting in favor of adopting the regulations were DCA Commissioner, and COAH Chair, Richard Constable, Anthony Marchetta, the Executive Director of the Housing Mortgage Finance (HMFA) and Mayor Suzanne Walters of Stone Harbor, President of the League. Voting against the proposed regulations were John Winterstella, former Mayor of Manasquan, Ted King, a public member and Tim Doherty, who represents special need housing developers.

The New Jersey Supreme Court required COAH to adopt new regulations, to be effective by November 17 upon publication in the New Jersey Register. It is unclear as to what the ramifications of the COAH’s board inability to adopt regulations on Tuesday will be. However, the League is reviewing all options and will advise you on any developments.   Please bring this notice to the attention of your land use attorneys and planners.

The events of Monday, however, underscore the need for legislative reform to the Fair Housing Act.   We urge you to contact your State Legislators and ask them to advocate for meaningful reforms to the State’s housing laws.

Contact: Mike Cerra, or 609-695-3481 x120. 

Very truly yours,

William, G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director



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