By now, you have likely heard that on March 10, the New Jersey Supreme Court took drastic action in returning enforcement of Mount Laurel and Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) matters to the courts based on COAH's failure to promulgate new third-round regulations as required by the Supreme Court's order last year. Below is an outline of and commentary on the new procedure established by the Supreme Court for the lower courts to handle municipal compliance with affordable housing obligations.
As a developer or investor in a project, what does that mean for you? Several months ago while the COAH litigation was pending and proposed regulations were being discussed, we sent an alert to developers and clients advising that then was the time to start strategizing on how to be best positioned when the dust starts to settle on the COAH litigation. As a result, some clients are in the ideal position of having rezoning requests pending at this very moment for projects that provide affordable housing, and it will now be hard for a town to turn the project down in light of the procedure and timing outlined by the Supreme Court in its March 10 decision.
There is still an opportunity for developers and investors to act now for both short- and long-term strategies for potential projects. The strategies and goals will be dependent on several factors including the type of development, which town the development would be located in and, obviously, risk tolerance.
Summary and Comments on Supreme Court Procedure for Affordable Housing Compliance
Should you have any questions on what this all means for you as a developer or investor and/or need assistance developing a strategy on how best to approach your particular situation, please feel free to contact Craig Gianetti.
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