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March 24, 2010

Affordable Housing Update

Dear Mayor,

There have been recent developments on the efforts to reform the Fair Housing Act and the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH).     

S-1, Abolishes COAH, Reforms Fair Housing Act
On Monday, S-1, sponsored by Senators Lesniak, Bateman and Van Drew was amended on the Senate floor, as we indicated to you in our Friday Dear Mayor letter.    The amended bill is now online at: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/S0500/1_R1.HTM

We have revised and posted our summary of S-1, including the most recent amendments at:  http://www.njslom.com/letters/SCS-S-1-Analysis.pdf.    This summary is a working document, and may be revised and updated as we continue our review process.

With the Senate in recess for budget hearings, S-1 will not be considered again until the Senate reconvenes.   A May floor vote is expected. 

Housing Opportunity Task Force Report
Yesterday, the Report of the Housing Opportunity Task Force, which was created by Governor Christie’s Executive Order 12 was posted online at: http://www.state.nj.us/governor/news/reports/pdf/20100323_COAH.pdf

The League has prepared a summary of the Task Force Report, and it is posted online at: http://www.njslom.com/documents/SHO-TaskForceReport-03-24-2010.pdf

Once again, please consider this summary a working document, subject to revisions and updates as the League continues its review. 

With the Legislature and the Administration both working on reform, it is clear that most parties agree on the need to fix the COAH process and reform New Jersey’s failed housing policies.  The League will continue to engage both Houses of the Legislature and the Administration to assure that these proposed reforms are brought to reality, and result in a simplified, less bureaucratic and less costly housing policy.

Questions can be directed to Mike Cerra at mcerra@njslom.com or at 609-695-3481 x120. 

                                                                        Very truly yours,

 

                                                                        William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

                    

 

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