News Articles

(In order articles are posted)

Report: Hartz’s Apts. Will Hike Student Pop. 39 Percent
Jul 12, 2018 – Westfield Leader – The school system has the potential to see an increase of 39 percent more students should 905 apartments be built at 750 Walnut Avenue, as proposed by Hartz Mountain Industries…Ross and Haber says the Rutgers study that Hartz Mountain Industries professionals have used to project the number of school-aged children who would inhabit the proposed apartments is out of date and invalid…

Bramnick announces rally against state-imposed, high-density housing
Jul 10, 2018 – Ridgewood Blog – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) announced plans for a rally against state-imposed, high-density housing at a town hall meeting tonight in Cranford. The rally will be held on the steps of the Statehouse Annex on Thursday, September 20 at 10 a.m…

Bramnick urges residents to push back against ‘high-density’ housing
Jul 10, 2018 – NJTV News – “Now the court is micromanaging how many units you have to build in all these communities. That is ridiculous,” said Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick…Bramnick led this Cranford town hall-style strategy session on stopping court-mandated high-density housing…

Warren Township Moves Forward on Affordable Housing Plans, Judge Grants Motion
Jun 12, 2018 – TAPintoWarren – Judge Miller granted Warren Township’s motion for approval on Friday, June 8 of the proposed 100% affordable family rental housing development on Lindbergh Avenue that is to be built by PIRHL Acquisitions, LLC…

Zoning Board Approves Warehouse Facility
Jul 5, 2018 – Westfield Leader – The board of adjustment on June 25 unanimously approved applicant 40-42 Jackson Drive LLC to construct an additional warehouse facility at 40 Jackson Drive…

What you can rent for $1,500 in each of N.J.’s 21 counties
Jul 4, 2018 – NJ.com – Whether you buy a home or are renting, it is expensive to live in New Jersey. In fact, there are only six other states in the country where it is more expensive to rent than in the Garden State…

30-Unit Apartment Building Proposed Near Westfield Traffic Circle
Jul 3, 2018 – TAPintoCranford – The Westfield Planning Board heard a proposal for a three-story mixed-use development on South Avenue at Westfield Avenue at its meeting Monday night. “Circle Plaza of Westfield,” located near the traffic circle and across the street from the train station, would contain 30 apartments on the upper floors, with retail or commercial use on the first floor. It would include 13 two-bedroom units, 16 three-bedroom units and one one-bedroom unit. Five of the units would be “affordable,” with the other 25 to be rented at market rate…

NJ suburbs cool again? Millennials and others return for affordable homes
Jul 2, 2018 – app.com – … Reyes is part of a growing number moving from cities back to the suburbs, helping to stop a migration that has been draining New Jersey since the beginning of the decade…

Protesters Converge on Toll Brothers’ Open House in Mahwah at Apple Ridge construction site
Jun 25, 2018 – The Ridgewood Blog – Probably never in the history of these three Bergen County towns Mahwah, Ramsey and Upper Saddle River residents who live along East Crescent Road heard so many drivers honking
their horns…

More scrutiny of deals that municipalities make with developers?
Jun 12, 2018 – NJSpotlight – State lawmakers want increased regulation of local tax agreements [PILOTs] that can adversely affect funding for school districts. As lawmakers consider increasing the amount of aid the state gives to K-12 school districts this year, they’re also advancing legislation that would bring more scrutiny to special tax agreements between local officials and developers that can also influence the bottom line for school districts…

Planning Board Advances On Parker Redevelopment
Jun 28, 2018 – Westfield Leader – SCOTCH PLAINS: The planning board on Monday gave its approval to a report declaring the Parker Gardens property on Terrill Road as an Area in Need of Redevelopment, clearing the first hurdle in turning the 13.5-acre property into an apartment and condo development that will help the township meet its affordable-housing obligations. The plan is to construct apartments containing 228 units along with two rows of townhomes that will front on Terrill Road…

Eminent domain could be next for Emerson properties slated for redevelopment
Jun 27, 2018 – Northjersey.com – A state Superior Court judge ruled that the borough’s plan to provide affordable housing, which hinges on a controversial redevelopment project on Kinderkamack Road, is fair to low- and moderate-income people. Now, the only thing standing between the borough and the proposed downtown revitalization, integral to meeting constitutional obligations to provide affordable homes, officials say, is a pending lawsuit filed by two property owners in the redevelopment area who refuse to sell to the chosen developer…

That quaint neighborhood where you go for Portuguese food?  Say hello to high-rises
Jun 27, 2018 – NJ.com – A 12-story building will rise in the Ironbound section of Newark — the first such development under a new, yet controversial measure that allows much taller buildings to sprout near Penn Station. The Central Planning Board on Monday approved a 403-unit residential building with 3,300 square-feet of retail space…

Developer seeking relief from affordable housing obligation meets resistance
May 10, 2018 – NJ.com – JERSEY CITY: Plans for a new 35-story tower at Metro Plaza are in limbo after the City Council voted Wednesday to  postpone a vote on a measure that would release the proposed developer from a requirement to build affordable housing in the high-rise…

As NJ Rents Continue to climb, finding an apartment becomes even tougher
Jun 14, 2018 – NJSpotlight – Hundreds of thousands of residents don’t earn enough to cover the rent on an average two-bedroom, without struggling to pay other bills and meet routine expenses. Rental costs rose more than 3 percent in New Jersey over the past year, making the state the sixth most-unaffordable when it comes to renting a typical two-bedroom apartment…

Impact of Vermella complex on Union schools unclear
Jun 14, 2018 – Union News Daily – A study commissioned by the local school board last year projected the student population would increase by 63 after the construction of about 450 residential units in the Vermella Union development on Morris Avenue…While the study indicated that 63 new students would enter the school district as a result of the first phase of the Vermella Union development, there are some discrepancies between this study and the township’s official number and breakdown for the types of expected units in the new developments…

Groundbreaking at Fanwood’s Station Square
June 24, 2017 – TAP into ScotchPlans/Fanwood – … “Station Square will transform the face of Fanwood,” Mayor Mahr told the crowd. “It’s going to be awesome and beautiful.” The property, known to longtime residents of the borough as the “Dean Oil site,” has long been of focus of downtown
redevelopment in Fanwood. The 35 units will be comprised of 28 market rate rental units and 7 at affordable rates…

More scrutiny of deals that municipalities make with developers?
Jun 12, 2018 – NJ Spotlight – State lawmakers want increased regulation of local tax agreements that can adversely affect funding for school districts. As lawmakers consider increasing the amount of aid the state gives to K-12 school districts this year, they’re also advancing legislation that would bring more scrutiny to special tax agreements between local officials and developers that can also influence the bottom line for school districts…

Toms River planners approve 128 apartments near Seacourt Pavilion
Jun 12, 2018 – App.com – The Toms River Planning Board has approved Kaplan Co.’s proposal to build Camelot at Seacourt, an apartment complex that will be built on 17 acres of land not far from the intersection of Bay and Hooper Avenues… Thomas E. Monahan, the Toms River lawyer who represented  Kaplan before the planning board, said the apartments would be “high-end rentals,” with one bedrooms going for about $1,800, and two bedrooms for more than $2,000 a month… The project is included in Toms River’s affordable housing plan, and 28 of the apartments will be set aside as affordable units…

School taxes are hammering people in these N.J. towns. See how yours stacks up
Jun 11, 2018 – NJ.com – Some homeowners in New Jersey pay more than 1 out of every 10 dollars they earn annually in their paychecks to their local school system, an NJ Advance Media Analysis finds, but the burden of education spending is not evenly distributed across the state — also also not what you might expect…Many middle class towns fare worst, the analysis found…

Morris Avenue complex slated for 1,528 apartments
Jun 10, 2018 – Union News Daily – UNION, NJ: Township officials expect little to no effect on local school enrollment after the first phase of a potential 1,528-unit, mixed-use apartment complex and retail space is completed along Morris Avenue…

Most N.J. school districts are getting screwed by the state – is yours one of them?
Jun 10, 2018 – NJ.com – If you live in New Jersey, there’s a good chance your school district is getting cheated. The state has a formula that says exactly much money it should give each district so kids get the education they deserve. But it hasn’t fully paid in almost a decade, leaving districts to raise taxes, cut jobs and put off new initiatives to make up the difference…

Watchung Borough Mayor and Council Approve Affordable Housing Settlement
Jun 9, 2018 – TAPintoBerkeleyHeights – The Watchung Borough Council voted on Thursday night to settle its third round affordable housing obligation mandated by the state of New Jersey. Watchung Borough’s immunity from
builder’s remedy lawsuits expires on June 30… None of the council members, or Pote, were actually in favor of the resolution but instead voted in favor as a matter of risk management…

Kushner Real Estate proposes 607 housing units in East Hanover
Jun 9, 2018 – Daily Record – Kushner Real Estate Acquisitions  wants to build 607 townhouses and apartments on River Road land currently owned by the maker of Oreos, Triscuits, Chips Ahoy! and other snacks…

Russo Details Petro/Casale Demolition, Cleanup of Site
Jun 7, 2018 – Westfield Leader – GARWOOD: Russo Development held a town-hall meeting last Wednesday evening at Lincoln School to address any resident concerns regarding public safety during the Petro/Casale building demolition on South Avenue and subsequent cleanup…

Smith to Host Town Hall On Overdevelopment
Jun 7, 2018 – Westfield Leader – SCOTCH PLAINS — Mayor Alexander Smith will host a public town hall meeting on Tuesday, June 12, at 7 p.m., at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue, in the Town Council Chambers, to discuss courts forcing overdevelopment in local communities. Mayor Smith will be joined by Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39th, Westwood)…

Editorial: Preserving Our Past In the Midst Of Present, Future Redevelopment
June 7, 2018 – Westfield Leader – A pivotal issue for much of our readership  area right now is redevelopment, particularly large-scale projects earmarked or underway for Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Garwood. Public concerns remain over how these retail and residential developments will impact municipalities, notably school district populations, traffic and infrastructure. Town hall-style meetings have recently been held or scheduled
in an effort to address these concerns…

141 apartments to be built on Route 9 in Toms River
Apr 24, 2018 – App.com – A 141-unit apartment complex on Route 9 has been approved by the township Planning Board. The Woods at Toms River will be located between Sunset Avenue and Church Road behind the Victoria and Jonathan plazas. It would include 113 market-rate rental apartments and 28 affordable units…

Bernards Objects to Far Hills’ Douglas Road Housing Plan, Requests Meeting
Feb 18, 2018 – TAPintoBaskingRidge – Bernards Township officials have formally objected to a proposal by Far Hills Borough to build state-ordered
affordable housing as part of a 91-unit housing complex at the Bernards border at the corner of Douglas and Liberty Corner roads, according to a release from Bernards Township…The release said the township objects to the plan on the basis that the Douglas Road site is not suitable for such a development because the properties located across Douglas Road and situated in the Township are large residential homes on minimum 3-acre lots…

‘Unlawful Conspiracy’ Keeps Out Rival Builders in Edgewater, Suit Claims
Dec 7, 2017 – New York Times – … Mr. Daibes, who has built about 3,000 market-rate apartments in Edgewater, controls the development rights to 90 percent of the sites zoned for high density development in Edgewater today. He and the town have been criticized for failing to comply with the state-mandated affordable housing obligations in this once-blue-collar borough…

New Jersey Town Says ‘No Thanks’ to Development
Oct 4, 2017 – New York Times – …Major cities, and towns as small as Edgewater — a 3.5-mile long, two-block wide community wedged between the Hudson River and the Palisades cliffs — are dealing with an unprecedented wave of luxury development that is transforming the social fabric, as housing prices soar beyond the reach of many families…

Why The Meadowlands Could Experience Chronic Flooding Soon
Jun 5, 2018 – Mahwah Patch – Rising sea levels and increased development and infrastructure could contribute to the Meadowlands being flooded often…

Jill Horner speaks with Hemant Marathe, Mayor from West Windsor Township, about School Funding. (video)
May 30, 2018 – COMCAST Newsmakers – West Windsor Mayor, Hemant Marathe, speaking about school underfunding, including the effects of affordable housing obligation…

Hartz Mountain to Continue Application at Cranford Planning Board on July 18
Jun 2, 2018 – TAPintoCranford – According to James Rhatican, director of land use and development for Hartz Mountain, certain witnesses are unable to appear at the June 6 planning board meeting…

PSE&G Looking to Buy Third of 750 Walnut Ave.
May 24, 2018 – Westfield Leader – CRANFORD: While Hartz Mountain Industries is seeking to rezone 750 Walnut Avenue for residential use, PSE&G is pursuing the idea of building an electrical substation on a third of the 30-acre property…There was no further information provided on this attempt to acquire a third of the property by PSE&G made initially a year ago, about the same time Hartz had applied with the township to rezone…

Garwood Mayor Schedules Town Meeting On Redevelopment
May 18, 2018 – Westfield Leader – “While a resident has recently raised
concerns about air quality at the Petro/Casale cleanup site … I have arranged for a Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at the Lincoln School to alleviate your concerns…”

Assemblyman To Host Town Hall On Affordable Housing In Watchung
May 18, 2018 – Watchung Patch – Assembly Leader John Bramnick for Somerset and Union counties will hold a Town Hall meeting to discuss Affordable Housing in Watchung. This Town Hall Meeting will be held on June 5 at 7 p.m. in the Watchung Borough Court House…

Lawsuit: Millburn owes 1,373 affordable housing units
May 15, 2018 – Northjersey.com – A vacant lot that was once home to a service station at the corner of Woodland and Chatham roads is at the center of a lawsuit over the township’s lack of affordable housing. The litigation, filed in Superior Court in Essex County on April 23 by the Short Hills-based [Developer] Silverman Group…
NOTE: Millburn has only 6,813 households.

Assembly Leader Bramnick Talks Affordable Housing
May 14, 2018 – Basking Ridge Patch – Assembly Leader Jon Bramnick Town Hall held a town hall on Monday night in Basking Ridge to address affordable housing concerns…

Asbury Park getting private beach club; will it limit beach access?
May 16, 2018 – Asbury Park Press – iStar announced part of its new Asbury Ocean Club, Surfside Resort and Residences at 1101 Ocean Avenue project will include a private beach club…

Holly Schepisi Slams Murphy for cutting affordable housing fund
May 14, 2018 – Holly Schepisi Facebook Post

Morris Plains nears approval of hotel, 715 townhouses, apartments to settle lawsuits
May 11, 2018 – Daily Record – A tentative agreement has been reached between borough officials and developers to build 715 townhouses and apartments off Route 53 and American Road. The deal needs court approval to proceed. The agreement would settle two developer lawsuits filed four and five years ago against the borough…

Bernards Twp. to host Assemblyman Jon Bramnick at May 14 town hall. Hosted by Friends of Stop the Quarry Plan

Despite campaign promises, Murphy plans to raid Affordable-Housing Fund
MAY 10, 2018 – NJSpotlight – The governor wants to use almost $78 million dedicated to building homes for low-and middle-income residents to plug holes in the general fund. As a candidate, Phil Murphy pledged he would not
follow his predecessor’s path and divert affordable-housing funds to plug holes in the state budget. But as governor, he is doing just that and more, proposing to take even more money away from two sources of housing
funds than former Gov. Chris Christie…

Cranford Township Committee Approves PILOT for Birchwood Development
May 9, 2018 – TAPintoCranford – The Cranford Township Committee approved an ordinance authorizing a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement with Birchwood Developers Urban Renewal Associates, LLC at Tuesday night’s meeting. Under the agreement, Birchwood Developers will pay the township 11 percent of its annual gross revenue for the next 30 years…

Affordable-housing fight will account for about half of Park Ridge property tax increase
May 7, 2018 – NorthJersey.com – Money spent last year to fight a developer that wants to build large-scale multifamily housing in town will cost an average
taxpayer about $68 this year. The $320,000 line item accounts for about half of the 4.8 percent bump in borough property taxes…

Cranford Township Committee Introduces PILOT Ordinance for Birchwood Development
Apr 11, 2018 – TAPintoCranford – With a 4-to-1 majority vote, the Cranford Township Committee introduced an ordinance that establishes a financial agreement with Birchwood Developers Associates, LLC for the Birchwood Avenue redevelopment at Tuesday night’s meeting…

Townhall on Affordable Housing (West Windsor, NJ).  
Apr 24, 2018 – YouTube – Featured speaker – NJ Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi

Belleville Apartment Complex Proposed For Old Battery  Plant Site. The NJ Sierra Club director opposes the plan because he’s “concerned about people living on a toxic site that is not properly cleaned up.”
Apr 4, 2018 – Belleville Patch – The property at 81-179 Belmont Avenue in Belleville was once the site of a Thomas Edison battery manufacturing plant.
But soon, there may be hundreds of local families living there if developers gain approval to turn the property into a mixed-use complex with 232 residential units…
NOTE: Belleville Planning Board gave their approval to a developers site plan.

DEP blocks Lakewood plan that foes fear would double population
Apr 24, 2018 – NJ.com – The state has blocked — for now, at least — zoning changes proposed by Lakewood that opponents fear would double the population of the already rapidly growing township and hurt the environmentally-sensitive Pinelands region… Lakewood failed to show it could supply enough water for drinking, cooking and bathing to areas that would be zoned for much higher density under the proposed changes…

Affordable housing expansion in Downtown Jersey City hits snag
Apr 24, 2018 – NJ.com – …The developers behind a planned 35-story, 432-unit tower on Marin Boulevard originally slated to include 87 affordable apartments may have zero, with the developers saying they can’t build the affordable units without a state tax break that is no longer available…

USR Officials: Stop-Work Order Report Is Wrong, Muddy Water Isn’t Tainted
Apr 25, 2018 – Northern Highlands Daily Voice – UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. — Upper Saddle River Mayor Joanne Minichetti said Wednesday that a report of a stop-work order being issued by a county or state agency against pumping muddy water into a nearby stream from a site slated for dozens of luxury homes in Upper Saddle River and Mahwah was incorrect … In the text, Kerry Pflugh, director of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Local Government Assistance, says that a stop-work order had been issued in response to residents’ concerns about possible contamination in the runoff…

DEP: Muddy Water Pumped From Mahwah/USR Site Into Stream Ordered Stopped
Apr 24, 2018 – Northern Highlands Daily Voice – UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. — Following the release of a video by a concerned citizen, pressure from a state assemblywoman and coverage from Daily Voice, Bergen County authorities have ordered builders to stop pumping muddy water into a nearby stream from a site slated for dozens of luxury homes in Upper Saddle River and Mahwah…

Lawmaker: NJ Probes Pumping Into Stream From Mahwah/USR Construction Site
Apr 22, 2018 – Northern Highlands Daily Voice – UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. – State environmental authorities on Monday will investigate the pumping of muddy water into a stream from a luxury-housing construction site at the former Apple Ridge Country Club in northwest Bergen County, state Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi said…

Bernards Twp. to host Assemblyman Jon Bramnick at May 14 town hall
Apr 20, 2018 – NJ.com – Friends of Stop the Quarry Plan, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-21st) and Bernards Township have announced a town hall meeting to be held Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the Bernards Township Municipal Building, Warren Craft Meeting Room, 1 Collyer Lane Basking Ridge. After the recent discussions regarding affordable housing and citizen concerns related to over-development in Bernards Township, many members of the Friends group reached out to Bramnick requesting a town hall meeting…

Texas Gov. Abbott to tax-burdened New Jersey residents: ‘Come to Texas’
Apr 18, 2018 – FOX News – Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is urging tax-burdened New Jersey residents to move to the lone star state, following the release of New Jersey’s budget proposal calling for tax hikes in the state where rates are already among the highest in the nation…

Birchwood OK’d for three buildings, 225 apartments
Apr 13, 2018 – Union News Daily – The local planning board unanimously gave its final approval for the construction of three, 50-foot, four-story apartment buildings on the Birchwood property at its April 4 meeting, ending a decade long fight over the area, which lies on the Kenilworth border…

Cranford Township Committee Introduces PILOT Ordinance for Birchwood Development
Apr 11, 2018 – TAPintoCranford – With a 4-to-1 majority vote, the Cranford Township Committee introduced an ordinance that establishes a financial agreement with Birchwood Developers Associates, LLC for the Birchwood Avenue redevelopment at Tuesday night’s meeting. The ordinance solidifies a long-term tax exemption Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) program for the Birchwood property…

Somerset County towns move forward with affordable housing plans
Apr 10, 2018 – myCentralJersey.com – The landscape of many suburban towns in Somerset County will be changing as municipalities race to adopt proposals to meet court-mandated affordable housing quotas…in towns known more for homes on sizable lots than apartment buildings…

Bramnick to Discuss Affordable Housing at Town Hall Meeting on May 14
Apr 13, 2018 – TAPintoBaskingRidge – Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, (R-21) will hold a Town Hall Meeting in Bernards Township to discuss affordable housing next month…

Judge Denies CIP Bid to Add Quarry Housing to Affordable Housing Plan in Bernards
Apr 15, 2018 – TAPintoBaskingRidge – A state judge has knocked down a legal motion by a development group seeking to build up to 380 apartments and townhouses at the defunct Millington Quarry as a part of Bernards Township’s required state affordable housing plan…The township through its attorney John Belardo asserted that the CIP had missed a deadline to even ask the court to become an “intervenor” in becoming a part of Bernards affordable housing plan…

Cranford resident seeks Mount Laurel help from nonprofit
Apr 9, 2018 – Union News Daily – A longtime Cranford resident was hoping to assist the township with its Mount Laurel housing obligations, and wanted the zoning board to use some leverage with a nonprofit organization to do so at the board’s recent meeting…

Barnegat Candidates Want “Protective Measures” to Curb Lakewood-Style Development
Apr 2, 2018 – Ocean County Politics – Former Democrat Commiteewoman Elaine Taylor and Republican Bill Cox have entered the fray as independent candidates in the 2018 township committee race. The two have marked their entrance to the race by calling for tougher restrictions on development amid a spike in rental properties owned by LLCs in the township…

More scrutiny in Lakewood development
Jan 28, 2018 – NJ.com – Residents of the Fairways at Lake Ridge bought with the promise and idea that they were living next to a golf course. But the  course was sold last January and the state DEP and Lakewood master plan is allowing a 1200 unit development. The homeowners have filed suit to stop the building…

The U.S. States People Are Fleeing (And The Ones They Are Moving To)
Forbes.com – This past year, United Van Lines, a moving company that operates throughout the country, moved about 110,000 families and provided each with a simple questionnaire to discover the reasons they were moving. New Jersey is # 2 on the list of states people are leaving…

Holly Schepisi: A Community Discussion on the History & Future of Affordable Housing (YouTube)
Mar 30, 2018 – Mahwah Strong – On March 28, 2018, MahwahStrong.org organized and sponsored “A Community Discussion on the History & Future of Affordable Housing” at the Mahwah Public Library. Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi discussed the affordable housing landscape: the history, current status, impact on communities and what can be changed. The well-received presentation was both informative and eye-opening…

Rahway flood plan moves to New England corps for help
Mar 23, 2018 – Essex Daily News – The multimillion-dollar plan to mitigate major flooding along the Rahway River has reached the final approval stage and, to help move the project along, the review process has been transferred to the New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, officials said. “It’s not uncommon for work to be shared across districts within the North Atlantic Division of the Army Corps,” U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District spokesman Hector Mosley said in an interview…

Jackson Approves Affordable Housing Project
Mar 23, 2018 – Jersey Shore Online – Describing it as a bad choice versus a “really bad choice” members of the Jackson Council voted on March 13 to approve a contentious affordable housing project…The zoning permits up to 1,100 dwelling units and requires 20 percent of the units to be set aside for low and moderate-income households, with 17 percent of the affordable units to be set aside for very low-income households…

‘Pay-to-play’ issue returns to Cranford committee
Mar 11, 2018 – Union News Daily – The issue of elected officials accepting campaign contributions from firms that perform services for the municipality returned to the spotlight at the township committee on Feb. 27, about a month after some were excoriated for the practice during discussions about a redevelopment study. The practice is legal — though contentious — if campaign contributions of more than $300 are reported to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission…

Here’s How Much You Need To Earn To Live In Union County
Mar 21, 2018 – Cranford Patch – Union County is one of the priciest places to live in New Jersey, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The organization recently released its 2018 family budget calculator that
estimates how costly it is to live in each of America’s 3,142 counties and 611 metro areas…

Mahwah affordable-housing settlement calls for 800 homes at Crossroads property
Mar 21, 2018 – northjersey.com – Eight hundred housing units and 300,000 square feet of retail space will be built at the Crossroads property on Route 17 near the state line, according to an affordable-housing settlement recently approved by the township. For years, the 140-acre property – also home to the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel – was the proposed site of a controversial shopping mall that residents had opposed, citing its possible impact on quality of life and traffic…

What has 3 bedrooms, 2 cars and costs a pretty penny? See N.J.’s most typical home
Mar 15, 2018 – NJ.com – Even as one of the most densely populated areas in the country, the single-family, detached home is still king in New Jersey. While multi-unit housing is plentiful, the majority of housing remains in line with the typical embodiment of the American Dream — white picket fence optional…

Affordable Housing Solution Coming For NJ, Lt. Gov.  Promises
Mar 14, 2018 – NJ101.com – Mayors and council members gathered Wednesday at the Statehouse for their annual lobbying event that includes panels with lawmakers and Cabinet members … they posed few questions about the spending plan – but a ton about affordable housing … Murphy said as a candidate that New Jersey faces an affordable housing crisis, but Oliver said there’s also a price to pay for overdevelopment…

Westfield Town Council Endorses Housing Element and Fair Share Plan, Approves 9 Related Ordinances
Mar 14, 2018 – TAPintoWestfield – The Westfield Town Council endorsed the Housing Element and Fair Share Plan and voted to approve nine ordinances on final reading during Tuesday’s town council meeting in accordance with the settlement that the town reached with the Fair Share Housing Center in November. Seven of the ordinances create “overlay” zones that allow property owners to develop multi-family housing…

Judge says NJ towns must allow affordable housing, maybe more than 150,000 new units
Mar 8, 2018 – northjersey.com – In a ruling that could shape the way towns across the state look and have an impact on schools and traffic, a Superior Court judge said Thursday that municipalities must take steps now that could allow for roughly 155,000 housing units to be built over the next decade.

Hanover Township, NJ Presentation on COAH, March 5, 2018
Mar 5, 2018 – youtube.com – Multifamily housing in Hanover Township – past, present and future. A complete audio recording of the presentation, together with slides. Presented by Township Planner Blais Brancheau at the Whippanong Library in Whippany, NJ

Cranford Ranks High for Millennials on Niche’s 2018 “Best Places to Live” Lists
Mar 7, 2018 – TAPintoCranford – …Niche ranked Cranford No. 55 (of 573) in New Jersey on its “Best Places for Millennials” list and No. 50 (of 413) in New Jersey on its “Best Suburbs for Millennials” list. Overall, the township ranked No. 76 (of 513) in New Jersey on Niche’s “Best Places to Live” list…

N.J. leads the nation in foreclosures. See which county had the most
Jan 25, 2018 – NJ.com – New Jersey once again claimed the infamous honor of leading the nation in foreclosures in 2017…That’s far from the rest of the nation, which is experiencing 12-year lows, according to the report…

Clark to finally redevelop Westfield Avenue sites
Mar 5, 2018 – Union News Daily – The Township Council has passed a redevelopment study for the former A&P supermarket and the Rice Bowl restaurant properties on Westfield Avenue, the first step in clearing the way for potential Mount Laurel housing…

Belleville ditches developer after PILOT payment failure
Mar 1, 2018 – USA Today – A plan for the township’s 4th Ward called for 115 apartments in a four-story residence on top of a parking garage…But those plans likely will not come to fruition following the Township Council rescinding the developer’s agreement, the approval of which originally raised hackles among neighborhood residents…

Apartment construction is drying up. Is affordable housing measure to blame? Feb 19, 2018 – Oregonlive.com – Portland’s apartment-building binge appears to be headed off a cliff. Applications for new housing developments have nearly ground to a halt over the past year, and there are plenty of reasons for that. Construction costs have ballooned, as have land prices. The glut of new construction, meanwhile, has taken the wind out of rising rents, at least at the high end…

Mega builder resurrects plans to put up 4,000 homes in Pinelands
Feb 8, 2018 – NJ.com – In a controversial proposal with origins dating back more than 30 years, one of New Jersey’s biggest names in home building is seeking to develop 4,000 housing units on the site of a defunct sand pit in the Pinelands…

Toms River: Building moratorium needed in northwest part of town?
Jan 7, 2018 – app.com (part of USA Today Network) – Could a study of sewer capacity in the township’s northwest section lead to a building moratorium here? Councilman George E. Wittmann Jr. believes it can. Wittmann suggested Jan. 2 that the township ask the Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority to conduct such a study. “I’m suggesting a one-year moratorium on new development until the study is finished,” Wittmann said…

Who’s Powering the Housing Market? Surprise! It’s Millennials
Jun 5, 2017 – NBCNEWS.com – Millennials are growing up, settling down and looking to buy a house — for the extra room and the investment opportunity.
Millennials were the largest group of home buyers (34 percent) for the fourth consecutive year, according to NAR’s 2017 Home Buyer and Seller generational Trends study.  By comparison, baby boomers were 30 percent of buyers…

How many affordable homes will be built in Toms River?
Oct 26, 2016 – app.com (part of USA Today Network) – An agreement between the township and a state housing advocacy group requires the township to provide 1,285 units of affordable housing here through 2025 — the fourth highest amount in the state. The agreement with the Fair Share Housing Center and Dover Shopping Center Associates was approved unanimously Oct. 25 by the Township Council…

Mayor Bonaccorso Makes Move Toward Condemnation of Property He Calls ‘Eyesore’ on Westfield Avenue
Feb 8, 2018 – TAPintoClark – Mayor Sal Bonaccorso announced he is initiating legal action for condemnation of the former A&P building on Westfield Avenue. Bonaccorso made the announcement at Monday night’s public workshop council meeting…

Emerson property owners: Borough can’t use eminent domain to take land
Feb 8, 2018 – Northjersey.com – The borough’s claim that it can seize four downtown properties in the name of affordable housing is nothing more than a “whitewash” to help a for-profit development move forward, an attorney representing the targeted property owners said this week…

Dumont councilmen call on state to act on affordable housing, introduce zoning changes
Feb 6, 2018 – Northjersey.com – Borough Council members called on the state to act on affordable housing this week, as they introduced zoning changes that would allow construction of 48-foot-tall buildings downtown.
The proposed laws, which will be up for adoption when the council meets on March 6, are required as part of a controversial settlement officials reached in July with the Fair Share Housing Center, the state’s foremost advocate for affordable housing. That pact was approved by a judge in state Superior Court in September…

Cranford council relents on redevelopment plan
Feb 6, 2018 – Union News Daily – Two weeks of fury by downtown business and property owners has been quelled — at least for a moment — by township officials who removed their establishments from a study which suggested that a nearly 4-acre area be declared “in need of redevelopment.” …

Dumont to consider allowing taller buildings downtown
Feb 6, 2018 – Northjersey.com  – …The proposed laws, required as part of a controversial settlement reached with the Fair Share Housing Center in July – a pact sanctioned by a judge two months later – would create a 52-acre overlay zone that would permit structures of up to four stories. The tallest buildings would be allowed along West Shore Avenue and at the intersection of Madison and Washington avenues…

Schepisi makes clear high density housing will increase pollution
Feb 2, 2018 – YouTube – During a debate on state pollution in the Assembly Environment Committee, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi brought the issue up after New Jersey Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel mentioned that vehicle exhaust accounts for 45 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.
“What sort of impact are we going to have with hundreds of thousands of new units of housing, potentially hundreds of thousands of new vehicles in the state with no plans to remedy that or address that?” …

Ex-mayor threatens to sue township he once governed
Feb 2, 2018 – NJ.com – After the clerk’s office told him they could not give him documents from several of last year’s Planning Board meetings, Nick Corcodilos has threatened to sue the Hunterdon County township he governed from 2006 through 2008…

Feb. 12 Superior Court Fairness Hearing Cancelled
Feb 2, 2018 – Clinton Township just issued a revised agenda for its February 7 council meeting, adding a 6:00 pm closed session about the settlement. The agenda includes an Action Item upon return from closed session at 7:00 pm: “Motion regarding proposed amendment to settlement agreement with Fair Share Housing Center …

Judge to review township’s proposed affordable housing deal
Feb 1, 2018 – centraljersey.com – Montgomery: A proposed settlement between Montgomery Township and the Fair Share Housing Center over the number of affordable housing units that the township must provide is set to be reviewed later this month by Somerset County Superior Court Judge Thomas C. Miller. Judge Miller will determine whether the settlement reached between the township and the nonprofit group, which calls for 616 affordable housing units, is fair and reasonable and also provides a realistic opportunity to create housing for low- and moderate-income households…

Bogota riverfront development moves forward
Feb. 1, 2018 – Northjersey.com – An industrial area that was once home to more than half a dozen large oil tanks will soon be the site of luxury apartments.  After years of borough Planning Board hearings, environmental cleanup and a lengthy permitting process, a large multifamily mixed-use development near the Hackensack River is moving forward and is slated to begin construction this spring…

More scrutiny in Lakewood development | Di Ionno
Jan 28, 2018 – NJ.com – In Lakewood, the argument over development can be boiled down to a few words. Enough is enough, is the position of residents who want to halt what they think is unabated development. The DEP rejected the proposal based on state CAFRA (Coastal Area Facility Review Act) rules, threats to wildlife and clean water, and traffic impact in the already congested township…

Gov. Phil Murphy transition reports offer wide-ranging ideas for ‘stronger,  fairer New Jersey’
Jan 28, 2018 – Burlington County Times – Murphy’s transition committee [which includes FSHC’s Kevin Walsh] recommended that the court-controlled process continue, but that he should appoint a senior deputy commissioner of housing within the Department of Community Affairs and create a statewide Commission of Housing to begin exploring the optimal administrative agent and process to govern municipal fair-share requirements…

Tempers Flare at Cranford Planning Board Meeting When Resident Questions Campaign Funding

Jan 25, 2018 – TAPintoCranford – The Cranford Planning Board meeting became combative on Wednesday evening after Cranford resident Jim Carvalho questioned campaign funds donated to Deputy Mayor Ann Dooley and Commissioner Mary O’Connor during the 2016 election…

Cranford Township Committee Updates Redevelopment Study as Clock Ticks for Mt. Laurel Immunity
Jan 24, 2018 – TAPintoCranford – Affordable housing concerns wove through commissioner and resident comments during Tuesday night’s township committee meeting, at which the committee passed a resolution exempting most properties from the North Avenue Redevelopment Study…

Cranford Historic Preservation Advisory Board Facebook Post
Jan 24, 2018 – Township Committee Member Jean-Albert Maisonneuve asked HPAB for comments regarding the North Avenue Redevelopment Draft Study. The document below was sent to the Township Committee on January 21…

Rahway River flood project still facing hurdles
Jan 23, 2018 – Union News Daily – CRANFORD, NJ:  A comprehensive Rahway River Flood Mitigation Project has been in the works for 20 years, and while a plan has been selected, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson Hector Mosley said there are still hurdles…

Disputed Mount Laurel project set to go before Springfield council
Jan 22, 2018 – Union News Daily – SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A contentious proposal approved  by the Springfield Planning Board to build two apartment buildings — including six units set aside for Mount Laurel obligations — on Church Mall is expected to come before the Township Committee in February…

Residents, Business Owners Question Redevelopment Study
Jan 18, 2018 – The Westfield Leader – CRANFORD — “My dream was to buy this place, and I bought it with my best friend. And now we hear yesterday we may lose our place. Why?” Michael Tears, co-owner of Marino’s, asked the planning board Wednesday at a packed board meeting…

Township Reveals Affordable Housing Data and Locations
Jan 18, 2018 – The Westfield Leader – SCOTCH PLAINS – The Township week revealed what Scotch Plains’ affordable-housing obligations will be [598 units], with Mayor Alexander Smith expressing hope that the State Legislature will eventually take action to lessen the impact on towns…

Board Continues Review of South Ave. Development Plan
Jan 18, 2018 – The Westfield Leader – GARWOOD – The planning board continued its discussions last Wednesday on the South Avenue I (Casale/Petro Site) site plan review. The plan calls for construction of 298 units…

Cranford downtown redevelopment plan draws fire
Jan 18, 2018 – Union News Daily – …All three businesses [Carlito’s Barber Shop,  Marino’s Seafood Market and Restaurant, Carmen’s Foreign Car Repair], located on North Avenue East on the eastern edge of the downtown business district, are staples in Hayes’ routine, but were recently slated for condemnation in a township-commissioned “in need of redevelopment” study…

Residents rally against Cranford redevelopment proposal
Jan 11, 2018 – News12 – A group of Cranford residents packed the town’s planning board meeting Wednesday to protest a proposal to redevelop the downtown area. The residents say that they fear changes to the area will hurt businesses and even the town’s character…

Cranford Planning Board Hears Redevelopment Study for North Avenue East
Jan 11, 2018 – TAPintoCranford – Furious residents and business owners filled the municipal chambers on Wednesday evening as the Cranford Planning Board heard a presentation from Harbor Consultants regarding the redevelopment of a portion of North Avenue East…

Kean seeks reasons for college ‘brain drain’
Jan 6, 2018 – Union News Daily – … About 32,000 high school graduates left the Garden State for colleges elsewhere in 2014, the latest year data was available from the National Center for Education Statistics. That makes New Jersey the largest exporter of high school graduates in the country, just behind Idaho … “Many never return home after college to strengthen our workforce, build our economy, or to make civic contributions to our communities,” stated Sen. Tom Kean Jr…

Mayor Smith Says Housing Litigation is Finalized
Jan 4, 2017 – The Westfield Leader – Scotch Plains: Mayor Alexander Smith said on Tuesday that the township has finally reached a settlement of its affordable housing obligations with developers, although he expressed disappointment with the final numbers, which he said he hopes to share later this month … The mayor paraphrased Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso, who said of his own town’s affordable housing settlement: “I had a knife to my throat and a gun to my head.” …

Flood Advisory Panel Wants Cranford Twp. to Buy 112 Park Dr.
Jan 4, 2018 – The Westfield Leader – The Cranford Flood Advisory Committee has requested that the township committee “give serious consideration to the acquisition of the property located at 112 Park Drive for the purpose of facilitating Phase 5 of the Flood Plan and the conversion of the remaining property for open space,” …

Cranford Mayor, Deputy Mayor & Commissioners Sworn In
Jan 3, 2018 – TAPintoCranford – Cranford Mayor Thomas Hannen Jr. was officially appointed and sworn in as chairman/mayor of the committee for another year at Tuesday night’s reorganization meeting…

Scotch Plains Town Redevelopment To Pick Up Steam in 2018
Dec 28, 2017 – The Westfield Leader – The new year promises to bring at least the start of significant changes to downtown Scotch Plains and how the overall business district will look in the years ahead.  With a final settlement of litigation regarding the township’s affordable housing obligations imminent…

Council Adopts Ordinance for 73-Unit Apt Plan
Dec 28, 2017 – The Westfield Leader – GARWOOD — The borough council adopted an ordinance on second reading for the South Avenue II redevelopment plan at Tuesday night’s meeting. The plan proposes 73 rental units…

Quarry Redevelopment in Basking Ridge Causes a Stir
Dec 14, 2017 – Jersey Digs – As you drive down Stonehouse Road in Basking Ridge … you’ll notice front yard signs at almost every house. The signs, from a group called Stop the Quarry Plan, read “Stop the Quarry Plan—No Overdevelopment in Bernards Township.” These residents are protesting the proposed redevelopment of the Millington Quarry site…

Mayor Expects Affordable Housing Settlement Soon
Dec 21, 2017 – The Westfield Leader – It is expected that about 3,000 new housing units — with about 450 of those deemed “affordable” — will be built in Scotch Plains over the next eight years…

Board Gets Presentation On 298-Unit Building
Dec 21, 2017 – The Westfield Leader – GARWOOD — Russo Development’s attorney, Christopher H. Minks, gave a presentation to the Garwood Planning Board last Thursday for the South Avenue I site plan application…

Hartz Adjourns Application Until February 21 Meeting
Dec 14, 2017 – The Westfield Leader – Hartz Mountain Industries LLC has adjourned its application before the planning board to rezone 750 Walnut Avenue to Wednesday, February 21, 2018…

Neighboring Residents Concerned With Birchwood Flooding, Buffer
Nov 30, 2017 – The Westfield Leader – After hearing the formal presentation of the redevelopment plan for 215-235 Birchwood Avenue by planner Mike Mistretta of Harbor Consultants at Tuesday’s township committee meeting, residents asked the committee to consider deepening the vegetation buffer between homes on Wadsworth Terrace and the rear of a building planned for the new development, as well as to consider the impact of flooding that would occur as a result of the development…

Cranford Township Committee Approves Birchwood Redevelopment Plan
Nov 29, 2017 – TAPintoCranford – The Cranford Township Committee assured residents that their unanimous approval of the redevelopment plan for 215-235 Birchwood Avenue was the best possible outcome during Tuesday night’s meeting…

New Jersey Office Rents Near Records
Nov 26, 2017 – The Wall Street Journal – Asking rents for New Jersey office space are nearing records as landlords undertake extensive renovations and fill older properties with amenities from beach volleyball courts and yoga studios to outdoor lounges with firepits…

Affordable-housing votes in Bergen County call for state action
Nov 17, 2017 – NorthJersey.com – Ballot questions approved in four Bergen County towns, say officials, sent a clear message to state lawmakers: Something must be done about affordable housing, and it must be done now…

Affordable-housing agreements call for 615 homes to be built in Montvale
Nov  15, 2017 – NorthJersey.com – Several agreements to resolve the town’s affordable-housing litigation were approved by the Borough Council this week, potentially ending nearly two years of intense mediation…

Editorial: Affordable housing one town at a time
Nov 15, 2017 – NorthJersey.com – As reported by The Record and NorthJersey.com,  Montvale may have found a compromise to satisfy its affordable-housing requirement … Happy days in Montvale?

$2.5B riverfront development would transform brownfield
Nov 14, 2017 – NJ.com – SAYREVILLE — A real estate company on Monday said it plans to build what it believes is the largest mixed-used development site in New Jersey history in the borough…

Cranford Township Committee Introduces Birchwood Redevelopment Plan
Nov 14, 2017 – TAPintoCranford –  The Cranford Township Committee introduced an ordinance to approve the redevelopment plan for the Birchwood Avenue site at Monday night’s meeting…

Woodcliff Lake agrees to build affordable housing
Nov 10, 2017 – NorthJersey.com – The borough has agreed to build 16 units of affordable housing on North Broadway and rezone two other properties to allow for construction of low- to moderate-income homes, per a settlement agreement with Fair Share Housing Center reached this week…

Cranford candidates offer differing views on 750 Walnut Avenue proposal at debate
Nov 3, 2017 – Union News Daily – The issue of Hartz Mountain’s plans to erect a 900-plus apartment complex at its largely vacant office building at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Raritan Road…

Bramnick tells Cranford residents that ‘750 Walnut’ answers are in Trenton
Oct 31, 2017 – Union News Daily – CRANFORD, NJ — In a small back room of Kilkenny House Restaurant and Pub in Cranford on Wednesday, Oct. 18, state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick told about 40 Cranford residents…

Fighting back: exploring Community Land Trusts (CLTs) as an affordable housing option in Garwood, New Jersey – Part I
Oct 27, 2017 – 4th+Oak Blog – All towns in New Jersey, including Garwood, have an affordability problem. One of the most difficult challenges local leaders face is containing ever-expanding costs while maintaining quality of life…

Cranford Township Committee Candidates Face Off in Public Forum
Oct 27, 2017 – TAPinto Cranford – The four candidates for the Cranford Township Committee responded to resident questions at Thursday night’s forum…

Time Frame for Fair Share Hearing Discussed in GW
Oct 26, 2017 – The Westfield Leader – GARWOOD — The borough council approved three ordinances Tuesday to remain in compliance with the state’s fair share housing requirements…

The road to Union: It took time for Russo to clear the path for development of the former Merck site in Union Township
Oct 23, 2017 – NJBIZ – …The dispute over rights brought the parties [Kean University & Merck] to New Jersey Superior Court, where after nearly a year of litigation, Judge Katherine Dupuis granted summary judgment to Russo…

Candidates should talk about this bold vision for affordable housing – Opinion
Oct 23, 2017 – NJ.com – It didn’t come until the 35th minute of the second gubernatorial debate, but each of the candidates finally uttered the words affordable housing and state planning…

Realtor.com Ranks the Hottest ZIP Codes for 2017
Oct 19, 2017 – realtor.com – The hottest ZIP codes for 2017 illustrate the power of millennial gravitation toward affordable suburbs with local “it” factors [Cranford ranks 23rd] …

Bramnick Holds Q & A, Advises Cranford Residents Against 750 Walnut to Hire Legal Counsel
Oct 19, 2017 – TAPintoCranford – Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-21) encouraged residents against high density housing developments to hire land use attorneys during Wednesday night’s forum…

Residents wary of developer with eyes on Short Hills site
Oct 18, 2017 – NorthJersey.com – MILLBURN – How much affordable housing does this township have, as defined by New Jersey law? None…

Cranford Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB) Statement on development sent to the Township Committee
Oct 17, 2017 –  preservecranford.com – Preservation is not the opposite of development. The town needs to grow and be dynamic to remain viable. But that development needs to be carefully considered and planned …

5 Top Questions Voters Have for New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidates [Affordable Housing is # 3]
Oct 16, 2017 – WNYC News – …WNYC asked for voters’ questions…and the most frequent requests were surprising…

A few thoughts on last night’s District 39 debate
Oct 17, 2017 – Mahwah Patch – … it is the party that cannot retain control of our Assembly or we will never fix the broken Affordable Housing
laws…

Cranford Planning Board to Postpone Hartz Mountain Hearing
Oct 13, 2017 – TAPintoCranford – The Cranford Planning Board will not hear Hartz Mountain’s application during their October 18 meeting…

40 years later, N.J. courts, towns still wrestling with ‘affordable’ housing
Oct 13, 2017 – The Philadelphia Inquirer Daily News – A six-lane highway lined with strip malls cuts through a patchwork of tamed lawns and suburban houses in Delran, where population has sprouted rapidly decades…

Mountainside votes to expand heavily wooded Barnes Tract despite opposition
Oct 13, 2017 – Union News Daily – The Mountainside Borough Council on Sept. 19 held a preliminary vote to expand a 5.4-acre wooded site along Mountain Avenue …

RETHINKING NJ’S HOUSING MARKET TO MEETS NEEDS OF SUBURBANITES, CITY DWELLERS
Oct 12, 2017 – NJ Spotlight – Housing is more than shelter: It’s a vital component in the health, growth, and economic wellbeing of the Garden State …

Westfield Close to Settlement with Fair Share Housing Center
Oct 11, 2017 – TAPintoWestfield – Westfield’s town council passed a resolution during Tuesday’s meeting authorizing signing of a final settlement agreement with the Fair Share Housing Center …

New Homes For Special Needs Military Veterans Christened In Emerson
Oct 11, 2017 – Pascack Valley Daily Voice – The ribbon was formally cut Wednesday at a 14-unit housing project in Emerson for military veterans with special needs…

Developer proposes 80 townhouses for former A&P property in Montvale
Oct 11, 2017 – NorthJersey.com –  developer wants to build 80 townhouses on a vacant piece of property on Paragon Drive, formerly home to the A&P headquarters…

Cranford Township Committee Candidates to Answer Resident Questions in Forum
Oct 9. 2017 – TAPintoCranford – Cranford residents are invited to attend the upcoming Annual Township Committee candidates’ Forum … At the forum, the public can submit questions in person … on Oct 26 …

Officials break ground on Westfield Avenue, Roselle Park’s ‘biggest event’ in 50 years
Oct 7, 2017 – Union News Daily – … Mayor Carl Hokanson helped other officials and developers to officially break ground on two residential-retail apartment buildings …

Assembly DEM Candidates Talk About Taxes, Housing / Bramnick, Muñoz Talk Prop. Taxes, High Density Housing
Oct 6, 2017 – The Westfield Leader 

Court affirms Cranford’s housing lawsuit immunity
Oct 6, 2017 – Union News Daily – Cranford must meet its unfilled obligations from previous rounds of Mount Laurel housing obligations …

Affordable Housing & the Band of Merry Men…
Oct 6, 2017 – Mahwah Patch – This is another long one…but please consider, this article connects a lot of dots you may not have previously realized…

Affordable housing emerges as key issue in Jersey City election
Oct 6, 2017 – NJ.com – Jackson, was at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater on a recent Saturday morning to ask candidates seeking the Ward C City Council seat about their plans to make Jersey City more affordable …

New Jersey Town Says ‘No Thanks’ to Development
Oct 4, 2017 – The New York Times – EDGEWATER, N.J. — The developers snatched up possibly the last large building site here on New Jersey’s red-hot gold coast …

Judge orders Sayreville to implement housing ordinances
Oct 1, 2017 – myCentralJersey.com – As the borough continues its struggle to meet its affordable housing mandate, Monday’s open meeting to discuss the issue has been canceled, and a Superior Court judge ordered Sayreville…

Voting Block: What will N.J.’s next governor do about the decline in housing affordability?
Sep 29, 2017 – WHYY.org – Although taxes are a top issue for both major party candidates in this year’s race for governor Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Democrat Phil Murphy housing affordability …

Cranford Township Committee Disputes Results of Court Hearing with Hartz Mountain at Public Meeting
Sep 27, 2017 – TAPintoCranford – A heated exchange took place during Tuesday night’s Cranford Township …

Hartz Mountain has requested to adjourn the 10/18 Cranford Planning Board application for 750 Walnut.
Sep 30, 3017 – Deputy Mayor Patrick Giblin’s Facebook page

Cranford housing fight likely to be decided in Trenton
Sep 25, 2017 – Union News Daily – [CRAO]  the grassroots activist group behind the “Say No to 750 Walnut” lawn signs around town, is pushing for a legislative effort to stymie what they claim is too much development …

Hartz Mountain Removed from Tomorrow’ Township Committee Agenda
Sep 25, 2017 – TAPintoCranford – … The decision follows Cranford’s hearing regarding the township’s affordable housing obligations…

WATCH: Anger, chaos erupt at Newark council meeting over housing
Sep 21, 2017 – NJ.com – NEWARK — Chaos erupted at the Newark City Council meeting Wednesday night …

Seniors camp out for hours, overnight for chance at Cranford senior housing complex
Sep 17, 2017 – Union News Daily – CRANFORD, NJ — They occupied the walkway with lawn chairs and blankets …

Letter to the Editor: Say No to 750 Walnut
Sep 16, 2017 – TAP
intoCranford.com – I have had the pleasure of growing up in Cranford for 16 years before I headed to College …

Flooding help for Rahway River could be years away
Sep 15, 2017 – Union News Daily – …While local officials are pushing for action along the Rahway River and its tributaries … counties may not see any improvements for another six years…

Worry as Census says N.J.’s population shrank for the first time in years
Sep 14, 2017 – NJ.com 

New 212-Unit Luxury Apartment Complex Coming To Roselle Park
Sep 13, 2017 – Patch Cranford – A 212-unit complex of 1-and 2-bedroom apartments is slated to open in 2019 in downtown …

Bramnick Demands Vote By Legislature Addressing High-Density Housing Issue
Set 12, 2017 – Insider NJ – “The speaker of the General Assembly rejected my request to vote on this important issue on procedural grounds. I will continue to fight to sustain home rule …”

How the hottest real estate market in N.J. literally divided this tiny town
Sep 11, 2017 – NJ.com – WEEHAWKEN – Seemingly everyone knew this tiny cliffside town – all 1.4-square miles …

4 Sites Eyed For Affordable Housing In Verona
Sep 14, 2017 – myVeronaNJ.com – The Verona Town Council disclosed Monday night that developers are considering affordable …

Rahway Development Map
Sep 11, 2017 – Rahway Rising – Almost 1,500 new residential units have been constructed in Rahway over the last 15 years …

Stop 496 Centennial
Facebook Post: Developer is trying to construct a multi-use building and parking lot on the property that once housed …

Councilman Della Fera Represents Westfield at Meeting of Union County Towns
Sep 5, 2017 – TAPintoWestfield – The meeting … was designed to bring local leadership together to discuss the affordable housing …

Mayors Council Urges US Army Corps of Engineers to Make the Rahway River Flood Mitigation Plan a Priority
Sep 3, 2017 – The Mayors Council is urging citizens in the affected communities to remind federal officials the circumstances …

Apartment/retail complex unveiled for old Merck site [in Union Township]
Sep 1, 2017 – Union News Daily – Developer’s officials declined to answer a question from Union Board of Education President …

Westfield Leader Cranford Hearing Postponed
Aug 31, 2017 – The Westfield Leader –  A hearing, originally set for Friday, Sep 1, that could allow the township to amend its fair-share housing obligation …

NJ’s affordable housing crisis: how are towns meeting demand?
Aug 30, 2017 – NJTV Online – The State Supreme Court’s Mount Laurel decision on affordable housing has confounded municipalities and complicated urban planning since it was handed down. There is still widespread dispute over the number of homes each municipality is required to provide. In the meantime, towns are finding creative solutions for those still Chasing the Dream. In the final part of our series, Correspondent Briana Vannozzi went to Mount Laurel where it all began…