Monday, November 17, 2008
LEAGUE WELCOMES BIPARTISAN “FRIEND OF THE COURT” REQUEST TO CHALLENGE COAH 3RD ROUND REGULATIONS
The League commends Senators Raymond Lesniak and Christopher “Kip” Bateman, who today have reached across-the-aisle and asked the Court for permission to file an amicus curiae brief in support of the League’s challenge of the COAH “3rd round” regulations.
We welcome the Senators to our challenge. They agree with our contention that COAH’s regulations are fundamentally flawed, and will have a negative impact on our property taxpayers, as evidenced by the OLS estimate of an up to $2 billion annual funding shortfall.
We concur with their contention that, as a result of the negative impact that the regulations will have on our taxpayers, they will further delay New Jersey’s recovery from the current economic crisis.
On Friday, the League sent a letter to Governor Corzine requesting an executive order to extend the current December 31 deadline for an additional six months, so to allow the Legislature to pass a comprehensive housing solution to address the shortcomings in the COAH methodology. Today’s developments underscore the arguments we have made since the agency first proposed this methodology.
To date, 247 municipalities have pledged support towards the League’s challenge. Our brief to the Appellate Division is due in early January. Our goal is to replace the current rules with a methodology that promotes affordable housing, sound planning and does not impose a fiscal burden on our taxpayers. These goals are not mutually exclusive.
Contact: Bill Dressel at 609-915-9072