As busy as we all are, we almost missed this story in the Bergen Record about affordable housing in the Meadowlands.
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission approved new guidelines freezing zoning approvals for all development applications in the Meadowlands until the agency can determine whether the site is suitable for affordable housing. “The development on any site deemed suitable for affordable housing will be stopped until new affordable-housing regulations take effect,” reported the Herald News. The guidelines were created to comply with a state Appellate Court ruling that said the commission must do more to help the 14 municipalities within the commission-controlled district meet state-mandated affordable housing obligations. The state’s Council on Affordable Housing will issue new rules governing the obligations, likely within a year, reported The Record. The Meadowlands Commission’s new regulations could help create anywhere from 3,000 to 4,700 affordable housing units in the district, officials said. “The regulations were criticized by builders and housing advocates for not going far enough, and by municipal leaders for going too far,” the article said.