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Both sides declare victory in housing ruling

This was published in today’s Herald News.

Both sides declare victory in housing ruling
Tuesday, May 22, 2007

By DENISA R. SUPERVILLE, HERALD NEWS

MORRISTOWN — A state appellate court panel determined Monday that the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission was responsible for providing affordable housing in areas where it controls zoning. In an 18-page document, the panel ruled that the commission “has a constitutional responsibility to plan and zone for affordable housing,” and must do more “than merely assist the municipalities” to provide state-mandated housing for poor families.

Housing advocates interpreted Monday’s decision to mean that state agencies, like any municipality, must build housing for low- and moderate-income families. But commission officials said the ruling was “a victory” and supported what the state agency has consistently argued that they have a responsibility, not an obligation, to provide affordable housing.

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