Appellate Court Disappoints in Ruling on Mt Laurel Gap Period
Appellate Court disappoints in ruling on Mt Laurel Gap Period
Yesterday the Appellate Division issued its ruling on the gap period, a contested issue by hundreds of municipalities that have argued they are not responsible for creating housing during an approximate 15 year period (1999 - 2015) when little housing production took place. The court reversed a lower court decision that required towns to include the gap period along with present and future housing needs. While municipal housing plans will continue to be adopted statewide, this decision has served to reduce the number of overall housing units that will be approved.
SHA has voiced continued concern that municipalities are using various arguments to lower their overall housing obligation at a time when people of very low, low and moderate incomes need safe and decent places to live. Studies have demonstrated that a majority of renters are overburdened by the high cost of housing in NJ and that there is an insufficient amount of affordable homes available for those in need. The court's decision will serve to further delay and reduce the amount of housing that is built in NJ. This ruling, in our view, is inconsistent with the spirit and purpose of Mt Laurel. We are extremely disappointed in the court's decision and its effect on thousands of people with disabilities.
SHA Executive Director
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