TRENTON, NJ – March 10 — Today the Supreme Court made the latest attempt to address the broken process for planning and providing homes for the people of New Jersey — a process that has been routinely undercut. The Council on Affordable Housing’s now 15-year-long failure to promulgate adequate rules has inhibited the state’s economic growth and undermined sound planning principles. The latest attempts by COAH have ignored the growing importance of redevelopment in the state, and have failed to consider changing market realities or any sense of fairness.
We are grateful that the court has stepped in to provide some direction and resolution. It is unfortunate that this issue could not have been resolved by the legislature or executive office. New Jersey Future will work to see that the court’s guidance results in a more predictable, fair and economically beneficial process for planning and producing housing that is affordable to people of all incomes, and the organization would welcome the productive engagement of the legislative and executive branches.