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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Trenton, NJ

League Statement on Appellate Division Motion

“We learned this morning that our motion to the Appellate Division seeking a stay of the December 31 deadline to file COAH petitions has been denied.   We are disappointed, but not surprised by the Court’s action.   Unfortunately the end result will be towns seeking COAH substantive certification will have to prepare plans based on a faulty methodology, a discredited vacant land analysis and the knowledge that further amendments, which will require adjustments to plans, are to be proposed in the upcoming months.      While the Court’s denial is not a surprise, it is still a temporary defeat for property taxpayers and for sound planning.

We note, however, that the League’s motion was only seeking a stay of the deadline, and that our challenge to the regulations proceeds.

To date, 237 municipalities have pledged towards our challenge seeking to invalidate COAH’s methodology and to replace it with a sustainable affordable housing strategy.   Today, the Court advised us to file our brief in this matter by January 4, 2009. “

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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