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Wednesday, July 17, 2008
Trenton, NJ



The League of Municipalities opposed the passage of A-500 and S-1783.   We remain concerned over the elimination of an effective tool for municipalities to comply with their housing obligations, as well as the fact that we have demonstrated that the new commercial development fee pays for a fraction of the housing currently projected by COAH.   It would be naïve to believe that, left unaddressed, this will not negatively impact taxpayers.

We are cautiously encouraged, however, by Speaker Roberts’ statement yesterday regarding next steps.   It appears to us that the Speaker recognizes that our concerns, particularly regarding the COAH regulations, are valid and should be addressed.

We implore the Legislature and the Administration to partner with local governments to develop and promote a sustainable affordable housing policy and to help local governments comply with their constitutional obligations.

For further information contact: William G. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director at (609)695-3481, extension 122 or cell (609) 915-9072.



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