July 31, 2008
LEAGUE POSITION REGARDING COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT FEE
Press reports yesterday and today incorrectly state that the League of Municipalities is challenging the 2.5% commercial development fee implemented by A-500. This report is inaccurate.
The League filed a legal challenge to the COAH regulations, which were effective on June 2. At our July 15 press conference, we were explicit that our actions challenging the regulations were not related to A-500, which was signed into law by Governor Corzine on July 17.
The League’s legal challenge is an appeal of the COAH regulations.
The League did oppose A-500. One of our concerns regarding the bill was that the revenues generated by the fee were insufficient to cover the housing generated by commercial development. We stand by that contention. This does not mean, however, that we are going to litigate over A-500.
Instead, we will be calling for the Legislature to partner with the League and with local governments to create new implementation techniques and additional revenues to fund affordable housing. In other words, we will be seeking the State’s assistance in helping local governments provide for affordable and workforce housing.
For a PDF copy of the press materials we made available at our July 15 press conference, please email Mike Cerra at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information contact: William G. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director at (609)695-3481, extension 122 or cell number (609) 915-9072.