“For decades local officials complained about the Council on Affordable Housing. It was intrusive and complicated.
However, the courts have held that municipalities do indeed have an obligation to provide affordable housing. For the last few years, there has been a breather without COAH’s contentious rules and regulations. So, has anything been happening to move this issue forward?”
As an example that is working in Bergen County, Vandervalk writes about the Housing Development Corp’s successful model. They currently have six new properties in the beginning stage of development that will create over 200 units of affordable housing.
Their strategy includes:
Talking to municipalities about the benefits of affordable housing,
Giving local officials a leadership role in development, and
Showing the benefits of affordable housing for seniors and people with special needs and the taxpayers and that new residents tend to come from the municipalities or at least have a strong connection to the city or town.
“Currently, affordable housing units are being built based upon the needs of the people. Let us hope that any new rules in the future do not impose burdensome obligations that ultimately result in a building lag. Any new regulations need to keep this a win-win for taxpayers and affordable housing residents alike.”