Thursday, April 11, 2013
Further states that by the governing bodies lack of action, the application meets all criteria for approval
After years of the borough providing documentation showing that the United Water property would be best utilized for affordable housing units, the project planner for the proposed development of the 13-acre United Water property has stated that by New Milford's inaction, the mixed-use project is inherently beneficial to the town. Peter Steck concluded his testimony during Tuesday evening's Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting where he placed the onus of the Mayor and Council's decision to not rezone the property the impetus for the need of a D variance. "The governing body could have zoned this site to hold all of the [affordable housing] units, but they did not do that," Steck testified. "We deserve merit approval of this application …
Monday, November 19, 2012
SOD's Communication Chair asks why towns with affordable housing units built before COAH laws went into effect cannot qualify to satisfy COAH obligations.
Monday, November 19, 2012
New Jersey’s Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) requirements are killing small towns across this state. Don’t get me wrong: I fully embrace the concept of affordable housing. There are many communities that do not have affordable housing within their borders and have not done anything to try to reach that goal. This is not a case of NIMBY. This is the simple reality that many older communities do not have land left to develop. They may have significant numbers of truly affordable housing units within their borders which do not qualify toward their COAH obligation simply by the virtue that they were built before the COAH obligations went into effect. So, along come the big, bad developers who have no interest in constructing affordable …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Although the 2004 master plan parked the town's affordable housing obligation here, a fact that is the crux of Hekemian's argument before the zoning board, can it be moved elsewhere?
This is the topic that pushed Monday's mayor and council meeting well past midnight as zoning board planner, Paul Grygiel of the firm Phillips, Preiss, Grygiel, presented his rezoning study of the 13-acre United Water property to the Mayor and Council. In calling for a rezoning study at the mayor and council's May work session, Mayor Ann Subrizi specifically asked the planner to address the location of New Milford's affordable housing requirement under COAH that the 2004 master plan rests solely on the United Water property. Gyrgiel reported that COAH's affordable housing requirements are not site specific despite the fact that the 2004 master plan places the town's entire obligation on the United Water property. The affordable housing …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Housing advocate and municipalities try to prevent the state from taking their funds.
The battle between the Christie administration and the Fair Share Housing Center continues. This time, the two sides are going to court Friday over as much as $200 million in local affordable housing trust funds. So far, the Appellate Division of Superior Court has been kind to the Cherry Hill-based housing advocates, but this case could be a different story. To help balance the budget, Gov. Chris Christie recommended the state use the trust fund money. The administration appears to be within its legal right to do so, as the law creating the funds—and the developer fees that municipalities levy to subsidize them—specified municipalities had to “commit to spend” the money within four years. The clock strikes midnight on July 17. But as …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Fair Share Housing Center, municipalities league ask appeals court to decide debate over unspent funds
Thursday, July 5, 2012
by Colleen O'Dea, NJSpotlight.com Gubernatorial vetoes have put municipalities at risk of losing $161 million earmarked for the creation of affordable housing throughout the state, although a judge has ruled New Jersey can’t take funds from at least one municipality and an appeals court will consider motions that could decide the fate of the money. There is widespread confusion among municipal officials and anger by legislators who worked to give towns two more years in which to spend their money from the state’s Affordable Housing Trust Funds. “A lot of these towns were depending on this opportunity to use this money to create affordable housing, rather than give it to the state general fund,” said Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-Union), …
Friday, May 11, 2012
The owners of Boulder Run worked with the township to make a compromise when they previously applied for their expansion.
Editor's Note: New Milford residents may find this article interesting in light of the fact that it involves Hekemian, Inserra Shop Rite, affordable housing, and the success of residents in rallying against the original application. Developer Bryan Hekemian explained some of the details behind a compromise made between Wyckoff and Munico Associates, the company which owns Boulder Run, which led to the expansion of Boulder Run and brought 16 affordable housing units to the township during a meeting of the Wyckoff Planning Board Wednesday night. Hekemian is objecting to Inserra Supermarkets' plan to build a new 62,000-square-foot ShopRite at the site of the former A&P on Wyckoff and Greenwood Avenues. He had previously testified that the …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Dr. David Kinsey, the applicant's expert on affordable housing adds more units to the affordable housing component of the development.
New Milford Redevelopment Associates (NMRA) once again called Dr. David Kinsey, a professional planner, to testify that the affordable housing component included in the site plans for the 13-acre United Water parcel is an inherently beneficial use at Tuesday's Zoning Board meeting. The public had expected the meeting to open where the April 19 meeting had ended--with the public being able to question Michael Dipple, the applicant's expert engineer and principal of L2A Land Design in Englewood, who spoke to how the applicant would address flooding concerns on the property. Instead, Andy DelVecchio, an attorney with the firm Beattie Padovano who represents NMRA, called Kinsey as his witness for the night. Miriam Pickett, one of the founding…