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May 21, 2009

Re: Three Issues

  1. Proposed Readoption with Amendments to Cable Television Rules
  2. S-2505 - The Smart Housing Incentives Act
  3. A-1645 - Qualified Purchasing Agent

A.   Proposed Readoption with Amendments to Cable Television Rules

Dear Mayor:

The New Jersey Office of Cable Television, with the approval of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is proposing readoption with amendments for its Rules of Practice and Procedure. Comments are being solicited in connection with this proposal through July 31, 2009.

You may send comments to:

Celeste M. Fasone, Director
Office of Cable Television
ATTN: Docket No. CX09010093
Two Gateway Center
Newark, NJ 07102

You may also submits comments electronically by sending a WORD document to

A public hearing concerning the proposal will be held Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. at:

Board of Public Utilities
Hearing Room, 8th Floor
Two Gateway Center
Newark, NJ 07102

You may view the proposed rules at:
If you do send comments, please send a copy to the League.

If you have any questions or concerns about this communication, please contact Deborah M. Kole, Staff Attorney, at the League, ex. 137, or at

B.  S-2505 - The Smart Housing Incentives Act

Yesterday, the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee considered and approved S-2505, the Smart Housing Incentives Act.    Louise Wilson, Mayor of Montgomery Township and Second Vice President of the League, testified in support of the bill on behalf of the League. 

S-2505 creates a voluntary program for municipalities to encourage the development of higher-density, mixed income housing located near job and transportation centers.   The Legislation authorizes municipalities to apply for visioning and planning grants in advance of applying to the Department of Community Affairs for the designation.     Municipalities that establish a “smart housing zone” will be entitled to payments of $1,000 for each net residential unit zone and additional $4,000 for each net new residential unit constructed, capped at 500 units over a five-year period.  The bill requires developers of middle income and market rate housing to pay a fee of $4,000 for each qualifying unit constructed within the zone.    These fees, along with transfers from the New Jersey Affordable Housing Trust Fund, will be deposited into the “Smart Housing Fund,” which is created by the bill.

The bill is now second referenced to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for its consideration.   The companion, A-3632, awaits consideration with the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee.  Thank you.  

C:  A-1645 - Qualified Purchasing Agent

By vote of 49-25 with 2 abstentions, the General Assembly released the bill which requires you to appoint a qualified purchasing agent. There was no debate on the bill and it now goes to the Governor’s office for his action.  Please contact Governor Corzine with your thoughts on A-1645.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director





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