News Articles

(In order articles are posted. Latest update: January 11, 2020)

Trump moves to undo Obama-era housing rules
Jan 8, 2020 – FOX Business – The way local jurisdictions are required to promote fair housing would be redefined under the proposal…“Since the issuance of the 2015 final rule, HUD has determined that the current regulations are overly burdensome to both HUD and grantees and are ineffective in helping program participants meet their reporting obligations,” the proposal states…

Westfield Seeks Control Over Court Mandated Housing Planned
Jan 7, 2020 – TAPintoWestfield – …On Monday, the Planning Board recommended the five parcels located along South Avenue be declared a “non-condemnation area in need of redevelopment”…The measure, which now heads to the Town Council for approval, gives the town’s government greater control over the development mandated under Westfield’s affordable housing plan adopted in 2018…

Westfield Looks at Redevelopment, Housing for South Avenue Area
Jan 5, 2020 – TAPintoWestfield – The municipal government is looking at redevelopment for 5.5 acres of property on the town’s border with Garwood…

Bridgewater Township to Sever Ties With Somerset County Business Partnership
Jan 3, 2020 – TAP into Bridgewater and Raritan – …”The current leadership of the partnership seemed to be more interested in assisting a development company’s interests than the legitimate concerns of our residents and taxpayers who will live with the significant increase in traffic on roads that are already overburdened,” he added. “The partnership’s board may believe such actions are in the interests of their membership, but Bridgewater taxpayers do
not need to fund it.”…

People couldn’t wait to leave this state in 2019
Jan 2, 2020 – CNBC – Blame it on brutal winters, high taxes or the New Jersey Turnpike: The Garden State is the last place where people want to be. More than two-thirds of all New Jersey moves were outbound in 2019, according to an analysis from United Van Lines…

The Ride Is Over: Bowcraft Demolished in Scotch Plains
Dec 31, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – The site of countless children’s birthday parties and fun summer afternoons throughout Union County, Bowcraft’s days have been numbered for several years. After all, the Scotch Plains Planning Board in 2016 approved a proposal from developers who bought the property and planned to create a complex of affordable apartments and townhomes…

Princeton Settles Affordable Housing Agreement
Dec 20, 2019 – NJ Spotlight – The settlement of an affordable housing agreement between Princeton and the Fair Share Housing Center marks the end of a substantial court action and inches New Jersey as a whole closer to the end of a long battle over municipal obligations…

Town plans to give 30-year tax exemption to Executive Drive
Dec 14. 2019 – Essex News Daily – The West Orange Township Council approved an ordinance on first reading for a long-term tax exemption for the developers of the Executive Drive property near the center of town…“What we’re proposing is one large building with approximately 300 apartments,” Schwartz, a partner with BNE Real Estate Group, said at the meeting…

Medical lab gets OK to move into Cranford
Dec 13, 2019 – Union News Daily – Another business intends to repurpose an existing warehouse in the southeast corner of the municipality now that the Cranford Planning Board has unanimously approved Excell Clinical Laboratory to take over the building at 95 Dermody St. at its Dec. 4 meeting…

Bridgewater Passes Center Of Excellence Project: UPDATE
Dec 10, 2019 – Patch.com – Tears flowed as residents poured their hearts out and pleaded with the board not to pass this project. Their pleas fell on deaf ears…

South Brunswick: Hearing scheduled on housing development
Dec 5, 2019 – mycentraljersey.com – A public hearing is scheduled for next week on a proposal to build a multifamily development with affordable housing on Major Road. Pulte Homes NJ has proposed building 152 units – 44 townhomes and 108 multifamily units – of which 20 percent will be set aside for low- and moderate-income housing on about 26.55 acres at 7 Major Road…

Superintendent Talks Population Growth At Bond Referendum Forum
Dec 5, 2019 – Patch.com – Moorestown, NJ — With the township beginning to move forward on several affordable housing complexes, more people will be moving into the township. Many of those people will be families with children, adding to the public school district’s already growing population…

Mixed-use project proposed for Hess-Woodbridge redevelopment site
Dec 2, 2019 – mycentraljersey.com – WOODBRIDGE – The township Planning Board will hearing an application on Wednesday to build 376 apartments at Main Street and Mutton Hollow Road…

Food truck business gets Cranford OK
Nov 23, 2019 – Union News Daily – A food truck and delivery business will be moving into the township after the local Planning Board gave its approval to Food Truck Inc. to repurpose an existing warehouse at 41 and 42 Jackson Drive on the corner of Moen Avenue on the Roselle border…

Outmigration: More New Jerseyans Plan to Leave within 5 Years
Nov 25, 2019 – New Jersey Business and Industry Association – According to a survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Garden State Initiative, 44% of New Jersey residents are planning to leave the state in the not so distant future with more than 1 in 4 (28%) planning to depart the Garden State within five years. Unsurprisingly, property taxes and the overall cost of living were cited as the main reasons…

New Plan To Fix NJ School Aid: Raise Property Taxes Even More
Nov 25, 2019 – Patch Clark-Garwood – More than 190 school districts may be able to raise taxes as much as they want to make up for school funding losses. See the list…

Cranford BOE and Township Committee Agree on Birchwood PILOT Share
Nov 14, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – … The final agreement by the Township Commissioners and the Board of Education was to have a five-year audit period where the Board of Education receives 70% of the PILOT in years one and two, followed by 55% in years three, four, and five…

Suit filed against Millburn for affordable housing settlement
Nov 7, 2019 – northjersey.com – A group of residents is fighting back against Millburn’s settlement with a builder that plans to put affordable housing and medical offices on a vacant lot at Woodland and Chatham roads…

Promotion in Motion Signs Largest Bergen County Office Lease in 2019
Nov 5, 2019 – Globest.com – Park Ridge: The lease for 110,945 square feet is the largest office lease so far this year in Bergen County, according to CBRE…

Neighbor knocks down plan for affordable housing complex on his street
Nov 4, 2019 – NJ.com – A homeowner in Moorestown scored a decisive victory last week in an effort to keep an affordable-housing development out of his
neighborhood…

Edison Explores Interesting Way to Address Affordable Housing Requirement
Oct 23, 2019 – TAPinto New Brunswick – …“It’s a creative program,” Mayor Thomas Lankey said. “We’ve found a way to provide affordable housing that has no impact on housing densities or on land uses, and no tax dollars are
subsidizing private landlords.”…

NJ developer sues over denial of Green Brook apartments on Route 22
Oct 9, 2019 – mycentraljersey.com – GREEN BROOK – The long-running saga of possible development on the corner of westbound Route 22 and Warrenville Road has taken another twist with the developer of the 14.3-acre property filing a fresh lawsuit against the township…

Hartz Mountain Files Lawsuit Challenging Planning Board’s Resolution to not Rezone 750 Walnut
Oct 25, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – Hartz Mountain Industries has filed a lawsuit against the Township of Cranford challenging the Planning Board’s Resolution to deny the rezoning of 750 Walnut Avenue from commercial and industrial use to residential for multi-family development. It is important to note that the lawsuit is NOT a builder’s remedy lawsuit…

Englewood Cliffs affordable housing trial begins, could bring hundreds of units to borough
Oct 11, 2019 – northjersey.com – The trial that could bring hundreds of affordable housing units to the borough began Friday morning with expert testimony. After more than four years of legal proceedings, attorneys, the Fair Share Housing Commission and Normandy Real Estate Partners gathered in a Bergen County courtroom…

NJ developer sues over denial of Green Brook apartments on Route 22
Oct 10, 2019 – mycentraljersey.com – The long-running saga of possible development on the corner of westbound Route 22 and Warrenville Road has taken another twist with the developer of the 14.3-acre property filing a fresh lawsuit against the township…

Scotch Plains Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Launches Petition
Oct 1, 2019 – Township of Scotch Plains – The Scotch Plains Affordable Housing Advisory Committee launched a petition today to gather signatures of New Jersey residents who want to bring common-sense reforms… Direct link to the petition is here:  https://www.thepetitionsite.com/264/002/417/petition-for-affordable-housing-reform/

Birchwood PILOT share with schools still up in air
Oct 11, 2019 – Union News Daily – Township officials are still debating what portion, if any, of the Birchwood PILOT will be shared with the public school district to offset the impact of the 225-unit apartment complex set to open next year near the Kenilworth border…

Springfield OKs complex to replace Saks store
Oct 3, 2019 – Union News Daily – …The local Planning Board at its Sept. 26 meeting approved preliminary and final site plans for the 9.7-acre plot that would see 47 townhouses, 223 apartments and 5,200 square feet of retail space replace the vacant structure that has been empty since the early 1990s…

Town plans for 1,000 affordable housing units but hopes they won’t be built
Sep 30, 2019 – NJ.com – Branchburg’s township committee has reluctantly agreed to pass a plan for affordable housing that could add almost 2,000 additional housing units to town…

Proposal for Apartments and Retail Space at Site of CVS Pharmacy Rejected by Clark Planning Board
Sep 20, 2019 – TAPintoClark – Plans for a mixed-use building with six apartments and two retail stores at the site of the current CVS Pharmacy was recently rejected by the Clark Planning Board… “This is a nice project, with two stores downstairs and six apartments above, but it didn’t make the grade because of the size of the lot and the parking,” [Mayor Sal Bonaccorsohe] added later…

Hoboken Will Use Eminent Domain To Seize Bus Company’s Property
Sep 19, 2019 –  Patch Hoboken – Former Mayor Dawn Zimmer accused Academy Bus of trying to force an “out-of-scale, traffic-generating development deal” on the city…

Middletown Approves Residential Development
Sep 16, 2019 – The Two River Times – National home builder Toll Brothers gained approval from Middletown Township last week to construct 280 town houses and 70 apartments as the residential component of a larger redevelopment of more than 100 acres on Route 35 north…

Ocean Town Center: Public accused of filibustering
Sep 10, 2019 – app.com – The public filled over three hours Monday with arguments and pleas to the Planning Board to vote down a mixed-use development at the corner of Deal Road and Route 35…

Englewood Cliffs loses affordable housing lawsuit
Sep 4, 2019 – NJTVonline.org – A Bergen County judge has ruled against Englewood Cliffs in an affordable housing lawsuit, claiming the borough has “acted in bad faith” and “made a concerted effort to avoid compliance with its obligation.” It also strips Englewood Cliffs of immunity from future affordable housing lawsuits, opening the door for developers to build hundreds of affordable housing units…

Eminent Domain Abuse Forum Held in Hoboken
Sep 4, 2019 – The Ridgewood Blog – The Pulse with Peter B., northern New Jersey’s premier cable access show, hosted a forum on eminent domain abuse in Hudson County on Wednesday night, August 28th, in Our Lady of Grace School. The forum highlighted the Center St neighborhood of Jersey City and the NY Waterway ferry company marina property in Hoboken as examples of local government abuse of eminent domain powers…

Readington reaches agreement for 1,045 affordable housing units
Aug 30, 2019 – my central jersey – A Superior Court hearing will be held In October on the township’s affordable housing settlement, which requires Readington to zone for more than 1,000 affordable housing units…

Center of Excellence Redevelopment Plans Include 400 Residential Units, Grocery Store, Brewery, Retail Boulevard
Aug 29, 2019 – TAP into Bridgewater and Raritan – The planning board Monday heard the beginning of the application for preliminary and final site plan approval for a mixed use development at the New Jersey Center of Excellence, on Route 202/206, including 400 total residential units, retail, a hotel, grocery store and green space…

Valley National HQ Housing Development On Hold: Report
Aug 29, 2019 – Patch Wayne – A proposal to build several hundred housing units in Wayne is on hold as the township and the project’s developer face off in court over the township’s affordable housing obligation, according to a report..

Affordable housing settlement means 1,000-plus units in Hanover Township
Aug 12, 2019 – Hanover Eagle – Township Attorney Fred Semrau introduced the township’s Fair Housing Center settlement to an overflow audience at the Township Committee meeting on Thursday, Aug. 8 that will see more than 1,000 housing units built spread over two properties totaling more than 100 acres: Pine Plaza and River Park…

What Happens With 750 Walnut? Cranford Mayor Speaks Out
Sep 16, 2019 – Cranford Patch – Patrick Giblin says there may be appeals or litigation in the future. More than a year of testimony, outcry and applications came to an end when the Cranford Planning Board rejected a request to rezone 750 Walnut Ave. and the Township Committee accepted that decision. But Mayor Patrick Giblin said that might not be the end of it…

Clark Planning Board pushes back on four-story apartment building
Sep 12, 2019 – Union News Daily – At its Sept. 5 meeting, the local Planning Board pushed back against a proposal to replace the one-story drug store and an adjoining undeveloped plot of land at 60-62 Westfield Ave. with a four-story mixed-use building that includes six apartments and two commercial spaces…

Cranford Twp. Committee Denies 750 Walnut Ave. Rezoning
Sep 12, 2019 – Cranford Patch – The Township Committee voted 5-0 Tuesday to accept the Planning Board’s recommendation to deny rezoning to the hotly contested property…

Warren affordable housing plan gets final court approval
Sep 13, 2019 – Echoes Sentinel – A township plan to provide roughly 1,000 new homes has earned final court approval. In an amended opinion issued Wednesday, Sept. 11, state Superior Court Judge Thomas Miller found the township to be in compliance with its third round affordable housing settlement with the Fair Share Housing Center advocacy group…

Eminent Domain Abuse Forum Held in Hoboken
Sep 4, 2019 – The Ridgewood Blog – …The Pulse with Peter B., northern New Jersey’s premier cable access show, hosted a forum on eminent domain abuse in Hudson County on Wednesday night, August 28th, in Our Lady of Grace School. The forum highlighted the Center St neighborhood of Jersey City and the NY Waterway ferry company marina property in Hoboken as examples of local government abuse of eminent domain powers…

Forty-Three Apartments Slated for Vacant Raritan Road Property, Clark BA Says
Jul 31, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – Plans are in the works for 43 apartments at a vacant Raritan Road property, Business Administrator John Laezza revealed during the town council meeting July 15. “The property was acquired by a developer in the community,” Laezza said. “He is preparing plans to build 43 apartments on that site.”…

Branchburg: Township zones for 1,873 homes to meet affordable housing quota
Aug 27, 2019 – My Central Jersey – In what is called “the least worst of the alternatives,” the township committee on Monday approved a plan to zone for 1,873 housing units so Branchburg can meet its court-mandated 1,000-unit affordable housing requirement. The housing will be concentrated in the Route 22 and Route 202 corridors…

I-Team: Opponents of Housing Booms Accused of Anti-Semitism
Aug 27, 2019 – NBC New York – Multiple towns in New York and New Jersey are in the midst of heated debates over new developments. While opponents say it will increase traffic, lower quality of life and disrupt the the community, people on the other side say the objections are part of an anti-Semitic campaign being used against them. The I-Team’s Sarah Wallace reports…

Royce Brook, Toll Brothers under contract to build homes on Hillsborough golf course 
Aug 5, 2019 – mycentraljersey.com – Royce Brook Golf Course wants to play a part in the township’s pending affordable housing settlement by proposing a 393-unit development on the 36-hole complex on Hamilton Road…

Jackson Planning Board Approves Plan to Build 1,100 New Housing Units, Affordable Housing
Aug 1, 2019 – Shore News Network – A plan to build 1,100 single and multi-family units was approved by the township planning board. The board approved the project’s general development plan (GDP) and a hearing will commence on the northern portion of the Jackson Parke development located between Perrineville Road and West Veterans Highway…

Forty-Three Apartments Slated for Vacant Raritan Road Property, Clark BA Says 
Jul 31, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – Plans are in the works for 43 apartments at a vacant Raritan Road property, Business Administrator John Laezza revealed during the town council meeting July 15. “The property was acquired by a developer in the community,” Laezza said. “He is preparing plans to build 43 apartments on that site.”…

Middletown Withdraws From NJ’s Affordable Housing Mandate
Jul 31, 2019 – Patch Middletown NJ – Middletown took the extremely unusual step of withdrawing from its state-mandated affordable housing obligation. It’s a bold and risky move…

Englewood Cliffs opts for trial on affordable housing
Jul 30, 2019 – northjersey.com – Two weeks after residents turned out in force to learn about the borough’s intentions for dealing with affordable-housing litigation, the council on Monday voted to go to trial, rather than settle…

Three Stores Proposed For New Walnut Avenue Development
Jul 25, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – …Originally, the approximately 5,000 square feet retail space was slated to become the new location of The Kilkenny House before negotiations between the two parties broke down. With The Kilkenney House slated to remain in its current location, the applicant is now looking for approval to subdivide the space into the three seperate entities…

Middletown Withdraws from Unfair Affordable Housing Proceedings
Jul 23, 2019 – Monmouth Musings – Last week the Middletown Township Committee its attorneys to withdraw from court proceedings that commenced in July 2015 to address unrealistic affordable housing obligations imposed upon municipalities throughout New Jersey by the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the Township Attorney applied for an Order of Dismissal, which was entered by the Hon. Jamie S. Perri on July 19, 2019…

Rents Continue to Climb in the Garden State
Jul 23, 2019 – New Jersey 101.5 – It’s hardly a surprise. A new report finds rents in most Jersey cities are increasing. “Looking at New Jersey, we noticed that northern cities, in particular those closest to Manhattan, tended to have a higher increase in rent,” Sanziana Bona, a RENTCafe research analyst, said….

North Ave. and Amberg Developments Would Add Affordable Housing Units in  Scotch Plains
Jul 10, 2019 – TAPintoScotch Plains/Fanwood – Urban planner Michael Mistretta of Harbor Consultants made a presentation on the planned housing developments that are targeted to be built at 2344 North Ave. (intersection of Westfield Road, next to Charlie Brown’s) and at the Amberg Garden Center property on Lamberts Mill Road on the south side of town…

Apartment rental demand soars as more millennials believe it’s cheaper than owning a home
Jul 8, 2019 – CNBC – Apartment demand in the second quarter of this year spiked 11% from a year ago [Nationally]. That pushed rents up an average 3% nationally to $1,390 per month, according to RealPage, a real estate software and analytics company…

American Suburbs Swell Again as a New Generation Escapes the City
Jul 1, 2019 – Wall Street Journal – …When Mr. and Mrs. Mahaffey took their eldest daughter for the first day of kindergarten, school officials told them they didn’t have a seat. Too many kids, they said. ..

Jersey’s ‘Brain Drain’ Outmigration Problem Keeps Getting Worse
May 8, 2019 – New Jersey 101.5 – A report on the outmigration “brain  drain”  ”pattern of New Jersey’s young adult population has been updated with new data, and it shows the problem keeps getting worse…

Cranford Planning, Zoning Boards Hold Info. Session
Jul 25, 2019 – Westfield Leader – …At the next board meeting, on Wednesday, August 7, Maser Consulting is to present a draft of its reexamination of the master plan to the board in the workshop meeting. Following it’s presentation to the board, Maser will present the re-examination of the master plan in a public hearing…

Three Stores Proposed For New Walnut Avenue Development
Jul 25, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – The new 24-unit development (The Albero) located at 109 Walnut Avenue is looking for approval of its application proposing three retail tenants on the ground level…

NJGOP calls for a special session on high-density housing
Jul 25, 2019 – The Ridgewood Blog – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is calling for a special session of the Legislature this summer. “Court-ordered, high-density housing is a crisis that costs taxpayers millions and must stop now,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “Schools cannot handle thousands of new students and infrastructure is not capable of handling the influx. The legislature must act.”…

Wall Speedway wants to close, develop housing but Township hits brakes
Jul 24, 2019 – NJ101.5 – …The Speedway on Route 34 announced Wednesday that the property would make way for 348 townhouses and apartments to be built by Pulte Homes. Seventy of the new homes will be made available to low/moderate-income residents. Wall Township Administrator Jeff Bertrand, however, told New Jersey 101.5 that the property is not zoned for residential use and the township has no plans to change that…

Middletown Withdraws from Unfair Affordable Housing Proceedings
Jul 23, 2019 – Save Jersey – …“Middletown has always abided by the rules set forth at the time, but whatever we do never seems to be enough,” said Mayor Tony Perry. “We have a strong track record of creating realistic opportunities for affordable housing but refuse to be held hostage by special interest groups.”…

NJ urged ‘to get creative’ on tax incentives, focus on affordable housing
Jul 19, 2019 – NJ Spotlight – Call comes amid a stalemate between the governor and leading legislators over the future of state economic-development efforts. Despite the stalemate between Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders over New Jersey’s major tax-incentive programs, some lawmakers think now is the perfect time to push for new tax breaks aimed specifically at spurring the construction of affordable homes…

Rats and mice are running rampant in this N.J. town and no one can agree whose fault it is
Jul 14, 2019 – NJ.com – …Rats have become a fixture in town, he claims, because of overdevelopment and inaction on the township’s part to curb the issue. “My biggest thing is identifying there is an issue. The issue’s already here,” Monge said. “So what’s the town going to do in a comprehensive manner to solve this issue?”…

Creator of N.J.’s 1st tax incentive: Let’s add affordable housing to the mix
Jul 12, 2019 – NJ.com – [Opinion] As the sponsor of New Jersey’s first tax incentive that transformed a contaminated garbage dump in Elizabeth into the Jersey Gardens Mall, which has generated thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of revenue for Elizabeth and the state treasury…

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith Joins Assemblyman Jon Bramnick in Calls for Summer Sessions
Jun 25, 2019 – Insider NJ – “I strongly agree with Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick’s statement this morning that the State Legislature should stay in session throughout the summer to address court imposed high-density housing and caps on state spending. Instead of breaking for the summer as usual, the Governor and State Legislature should get to work on reforming our broken affordable housing process and fixing our structural budget problems…”

NJ could create hard requirement for affordable housing units
Jun 24, 2019 – NJ 101.5 – No matter where it may be in New Jersey, a new housing project with 30 or more units must have at least 25 percent of those units set aside for low-to-middle income earners to afford, under a proposed law that’s taken its first step forward in the state Legislature…

Affordable Housing Dilemma: Debate, Deals Go On
Jun 18, 2019 – thepressgroup.com – Two opposing forces in the statewide debate over affordable housing obligations—Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi
(R-39) and Fair Share Housing Center attorney Kevin Walsh—went head to head with three other panelists in a livestreamed debate May 31 on how best to fulfill affordable housing obligations…

Sweeping changes to NJ’s rules on Affordable Housing proposed
Jun 18, 2019 – NJ Spotlight – Housing advocates cheer controversial bill as
builders decry proposed new requirements for high-density developments and question constitutionality. New Jersey would impose, for the first time, a
requirement that a quarter of units in many proposed high-density
developments be affordable…

North Haledon developments will improve ‘blighted’ Belmont Avenue, mayor says
Jun 17, 2019 – northjersey.com – Two housing projects, recently approved to be built on Belmont Avenue, will enhance a section of the borough cluttered with industrial uses, the mayor said. The projects, which will bring a total of 230 units to vacant land at 920 Belmont Ave. and 987 Belmont Ave., were foreseen in a redevelopment plan that has guided officials in their quest to spur construction between Overlook Avenue and Vine Street…

Lakewood Route 70 flea market likely to close, 332 townhouses OK’d at site
Jun 17, 2019 – app.com – …Earlier this month environmental regulators
announced they intend to issue a permit for construction at the site of Route 70 Auction & Flea Market, ending a nearly four-year holdup prompted by concerns the township water supply couldn’t support development there…

Big Changes Coming to Meadowlands Parkway
Jun 14, 2019 – eSecaucus – The Jersey Journal wrote yesterday that Hartz
Mountain will be moving its HQ to Meadowlands Parkway, which may also soon see a new hotel, convenience store and gas station…

Oninion: Your Town is Under Assault by the NJ courts
Jun 10. 2019 – NJ101.5 – The courts in NJ have been ruling against local towns as municipal leaders struggle to stop over-development. In some towns, developers are taking advantage of affordable housing rules and forcing thousands of new units into towns, which simply lack the infrastructure to handle. Infrastructure regarding power, water, school, roads and traffic are among the top concerns along with a likely spike in taxes…

Application for 750 Walnut Avenue Denied by Planning Board
Jun 6, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – 14 meetings and over a year worth of time.
Verdict? A unanimous No. The Cranford Planning Board was tasked with
deliberating whether or not the C-3 property located at 750 Walnut Avenue
falls into the definition of inutility as Hartz Mountain claims and if the
rezoning would substantially and meaningfully benefit the Township and
further the purposes of the municipal land use law…

Sweeney-Smith Bill Would Provide Affordable Housing for First Responders
June 3, 2019 – InsiderNJ – A Senate committee today approved legislation
sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Bob Smith that
would permit municipalities to establish an affordable housing preference
for first responders…

Trial Date Set As Talks Continue: Park Ridge Negotiating Affordable Housing Plan
May 31, 2019 – Pascack Press – A Superior Court judge has set a September
trial date for Park Ridge to take on its two most powerful intervenors in a
long-contested settlement of its affordable housing obligations…

Did your town pay off Fair Share Housing Center’s lawyers to “settle” affordable housing Threats?
May 28, 2019 – exMayor.com – [Blog] Before it agrees to end its affordable housing litigation against a town, the Fair Share Housing Center‘s lawyers demand cash payments — ranging up to $100,000…

Roselle Park gives initial OK to PILOT
May 31, 2019 – Union News Daily – A proposed mixed-use development for a
long-abandoned car dealership on Westfield Avenue would receive a 20-year
tax abatement under a proposal introduced by the Borough Council at its May
16 meeting. The council voted 5-1 to introduce the payment in lieu of
taxes, or PILOT…

OPINION: The affordable-housing scam: Crony capitalism has found a home in New Jersey | Mulshine
Apr 25, 2019 – NJ.com – …In New Jersey we get the sort of thing that’s going on in Edison at the moment. A developer there is building a 220-unit complex called Camelot of Edison. In keeping with that name, 187 of the units can be rented or sold at market rate, which will be a princely sum indeed. Only 33 will be marketed as affordable units…

Cranford residents denounce 750 Walnut proposal
May 26, 2019 – Union News Daily – Nearly two dozen residents expressed their frustration with a proposed 905-unit apartment complex at 750 Walnut Ave. at the May 15 Planning Board meeting, saying that it will increase traffic and overwhelm the school district…

Village Center Complex Could Bring 420 ‘Affordable’ Units to West Windsor
May 23, 2019 – Jersey Digs – …despite the largely suburban landscape of West Windsor today, there are still several tracts in the township that remain undeveloped. Now, under a developer’s proposal, one of those properties could become home to hundreds of residents…

Scotch Plains Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Endorses Reform Legislation
May 21, 2019 – Insider NJ – The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee supports providing affordable housing in New Jersey for low income families, seniors, millennials, veterans, those with special needs as well as other groups. However, the current manner in which affordable housing is determined fails to consider how local communities may be affected by the construction of thousands of new units…

Developer ‘cut corners,’ and residents ended up breathing in asbestos, councilman says
May 20, 2019 – NJ.com – Construction workers are busy in downtown Linden, building new apartment towers that many residents have praised as an effort to breathe fresh life and economic development into the Union County city.
But, a local official and some residents are crying foul on the project’s developer, saying the company irresponsibly unleashed asbestos — a toxic mineral that has been linked to lung disease — into the air when demolishing the buildings that previously stood on its lots…

Afterglow Group Sues To Reverse Spectrum 360 Settlement
May 20, 2019 – myVeronaNJ.com – First Ridge Alliance, a group of residents in the Afterglow neighborhood of Verona, has filed a suit to reverse the Town Council’s May 15 settlement with Spectrum 360. The suit was filed by Anne Studholme, a Roseland-based lawyer who specializes in affordable housing and who addressed the Council during its meeting last Wednesday. Studholme said then that if the Council approved the plan, she would file suit…

Town Settles, Reluctantly, Over Development Project
May 19, 2019 – myVeronaNJ.com – The Verona Town Council held a special meeting on Wednesday that ended, just before midnight, with four of the five Council members reluctantly agreeing to a settlement on a large development project at Sunset and Bloomfield avenues and one, Councilman Jack McEvoy, voting No. The decision was an attempt to forestall more onerous development elsewhere in Verona, but it will likely face challenges before any shovels go in the ground…

Planner decries ‘negative impact’ of 750 Walnut
May 18, 2019 – Union News Daily – A proposed 905-unit apartment complex at 750 Walnut Walnut Ave. would have a negative fiscal impact on the township and schools, a professional planner hired by the local Planning Board said at the board’s May 8 special meeting…

Affordable Housing Front And Center For Moorestown Council
May 19, 2019 – Moorestown Patch – Moorestown Council will consider five proposed ordinances related to affordable housing when it meets Monday night…Two proposals will have a public hearing and are up for a final vote. The first proposal calls for a 100 percent senior affordable housing complex…

A Message From Mayor Jasionowski
May 17, 2019 – RiverValenj.org – River Vale: “I want to share a very frustrating position River Vale is presently facing with the State COAH mandates. I have been meeting and arguing with all involved in this issue nonstop over the past few weeks and months. We have been negotiating and fighting for years to keep development to a minimum and preserve River Vale. I personally believe we have a moral obligation to build affordable housing, but in a way that fits our Township…”

Judge To Rule On River Vale Affordable Housing Settlement Fairness
March 18, 2019 – Pascack Press – Superior Court Judge Christine A. Farrington is expected to rule after 9 a.m. on March 18 whether River Vale’s affordable housing plan through 2025 satisfies statewide affordable housing mandates…

Final Public Comment for 750 Walnut Avenue Redevelopment Application Tonight at 8 p.m.
May 15, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – Wednesday night will be the public’s final chance to voice their opinion on the application to rezone 750 Walnut Avenue residential.  Following public comment, Hartz Mountain will get one final chance of their own to speak on the application. A final decision on the future of the property is expected to be resolved by the June 5th Planning Board meeting…

NJ jobs: College grads find rich job market, but can they afford to live on their own?
May 13, 2019 – northjersey.com – With the economy booming and the demand intense for accounting students, Tiffany Monte had little trouble finding a full-time job. But her first steps into the real world for the soon-to-be graduate from Georgian Court University in Lakewood will feel awfully familiar. She’s going to live back home with her parents in Jackson…

N.J. has an affordable housing issue. Federal tax credits will bring 1,200
units.
May 10, 2019 – NJ.com – In a state where a judge ruled last year that 155,000 affordable housing units were needed, that number will be reduced by a tiny sliver after the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency announced they will award $24 million in federal housing tax credits across the state…

Springfield Township Committee Unanimously Approves Former Saks Property Redevelopment Plan
May 9, 2019 – TAP into Berkeley Heights – …The five-member [Township] committee voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of a proposed plan to build a four-story apartment complex that will include 223 residential apartment units and 47 townhomes on the nine-acre lot on Millburn Ave…

Demolition begins on Paterson Armory to make way for luxury apartments
Apr 23, 2019 – MSN.com – Paterson officials are hoping that the 138-unit, $15 million luxury apartment complex planned for the Market Street site someday will represent the city’s revival…
[Note: Paterson is exempt from Affordable Housing requirement]

N.J. town is getting so big, its school district says it’ll sue to stop ‘overcrowding crisis’
Apr 23, 2019 – NJ.com – There’s been so much development in Edison, the board of education says it’s planning to sue the township for what it’s called an “overcrowding crisis” in local schools…

Cranford development deemed inconsistent
Apr 13, 2019 – Union News Daily – A professional planner hired by the local Planning Board testified that a proposed 905-unit apartment complex at 750 Walnut Ave. would be inconsistent with the township’s master plan…

Council Ponders what Actions to Take to Alert the State Representatives of the Negative Impact of the Affordable Housing Mandate
Mar 27, 2019 – TAP into New Providence – The [New Providence] Borough Council discussed what actions the borough should take in order to express its concern regarding the affordable housing mandate at the Monday, March 25 meeting. Councilman Robert Robinson pondered whether the council should pen a resolution to Trenton in order to let the legislators to know what consequences the borough could face as a result of the court ruling regarding the high density housing mandate…

Lawmaker predicts Mount Laurel could crash real estate
Mar 16, 2019 – Union News Daily – A northern New Jersey lawmaker [Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi District 39] told local residents that leaving the fate of Mount Laurel, or “affordable,” housing in the hands of the court system could “crash the entire real estate market of the state of New Jersey.”…

Application for Wawa on Cranford/Roselle Park Border Approved
Mar 14, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – Third time was the charm as the Zoning board approved a site plan application that allows WaWa to come to North Avenue East by the Garden State Parkway where Horan Lumber was located…

Cranford Experts Express Opinions on 750 Walnut
Mar 14, 2019 – Westfield Leader – James Brunette, a licensed real estate  broker, and Maurice Rasched, licensed as a professional engineer, with a specialty in traffic engineering, provided their opinions on 750 Walnut Avenue at the planning board hearing last Wednesday. This 30-acre tract of land is owned by Hartz Mountain Industries, which is seeking to rezone the property for residential use in order to erect 905 apartments…

Cranford school board demographer predicts 99 students from Birchwood
Mar 14, 2019 – Union News Daily – A demographer hired by the Board of Education estimates 99 students will be added to the school district when the Birchwood apartment complex is fully occupied. The question Township Committee members have begun to focus on is how much of the payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, agreement the town struck with developers last year will be allocated to the board to offset the impact of those 99 students…

Quality of life in New Jersey is at a three-decade low. Here’s what residents griped about in yearly poll
Feb 26, 2019 – NJ.com – Quality of life in the Garden State has hit a three decade low, according to an annual poll released Monday by Monmouth University…

Real Estate Expert Suggests Alternatives for 750 Walnut Avenue
Mar 8, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – At the Wednesday, March 6 Planning Board meeting, real estate broker James Brunette was brought in on behalf of the [Planning] Board to testify his assessment of the property and market.  While he said that the commercial office market is “improving,” the industrial market is “on fire.”…

Townhouse development raises concerns over runoff into Bergen reservoir system
Mar 8, 2019 – northjersey.com – A proposed townhouse development along a portion of the Hackensack River that leads to the Oradell Reservoir is drawing concerns from environmentalists who worry that it will increase runoff into a water source for 800,000 people…

‘We will collapse the entire housing market’: Lawmakers call for halt of affordable housing process
Mar 7, 2019 – NJ.com – A Republican state lawmaker issued a dire warning about leaving affordable housing decisions in the hands of the courts: “We will collapse the entire housing market in the state of New Jersey.” State Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, R-Bergen, who is leading the charge against the current affordable housing obligation process, called on the New Jersey Legislature to pass a moratorium on any new decisions and give the power back to lawmakers…

Assemblyman Bramnick Holds Town Hall Meeting on Affordable Housing at Union County College
Mar 6, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – Residents concerned about affordable housing mandates being imposed by the courts had a chance to share their thoughts with Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi. Bramnick, the Republican representative from the 21st district and Schepisi, the Republican representative from the 39th district, held a town hall meeting at the Roy Smith Theater at Union County College on Tuesday night…

Interview with Assemblyman Jon Bramnick before his Town Hall Meeting on Affordable Housing, held in Cranford on March 5, 2019 (audio).
Mar 5, 2019 – Cranford Radio – Bernie Wagenblast

Afford.-Housing Issue Topic For Young Republicans
Feb 28, 2019 – Westfield Leader – Scotch Plains Mayor Alexander Smith told a meeting of the Union County Young Republicans last Wednesday night that state legislators are “not interested” in addressing the affordable-housing numbers that courts throughout the state have imposed on towns. “The state is broken,” he said…

Editorial: State Legislators Need to Address Affordable-Housing Issues
Feb 28, 2019 – Westfield Leader – The wide-ranging and complex issues surrounding affordable housing in New Jersey remained in the spotlight locally last week, as elected municipal officials discussed petitioning state
legislators to address current mandates regarding towns’ affordable-housing obligations…

Stop Quarry Group Urges Members to Attend Subdivision Hearing Next Wednesday
Feb 28, 2019 – TAP into Basking Ridge – A request to subdivide the Millington Quarry into two pieces is due to be heard before the township Zoning Board of Adjustment next Wednesday, March 6, and the local Stop the Quarry group is urging the public to attend the meeting to learn more…

New Providence Settles Affordable Housing Declaratory Judgment Action; Borough May Add 1209 Residential Units
Feb 28, 2019 – TAP into New Providence – The Borough Council approved the resolution authorizing the borough’s settlement agreement in the affordable housing declaratory judgment action at its Monday, Feb. 25 meeting. The subsequent zoning changes may lead to drastic changes in the borough’s character and drain its resources thin…

Arsenic found in Bergen County brook renews concerns, calls to halt Toll Brothers project
Feb 25, 2019 – northjersey.com – More than a year after it began, muddy runoff from a construction site is still seeping into a once-pristine upper Bergen County brook, raising concerns among some residents and local officials that arsenic from the property is contaminating the waterway…

Feb 23, 2019 – Join Jon Bramnick and call Gov. Murphy at 609-292-6000 and tell him to put an end to court imposed high-density housing like the 750 Walnut Ave. development (video)

Developer predicts $2.8 million tax boost from Cranford project
Feb 10, 2019 – Union News Daily – A 905-unit apartment complex at 750 Walnut Avenue on the Clark border would create about $2.8 million in net tax revenue for the township each year, according to a fiscal impact analysis by the developer…Some board members and residents, however, questioned the numbers…

Twp. Committee Not to Act Until March on Sale of Lot
Feb. 21, 2019 – Westfield Leader – The township committee on Tuesday announced that any decisions about the 83 Myrtle Street municipal property sale will not be made until the March governing body meeting…

Rapid development poses risks for Montclair
Feb 21, 2019 – northjersey.com – Within the next few years, 1,303 new apartments, plus 159 hotel rooms, will have been added along a 1.7-mile stretch of Bloomfield Avenue. “Montclair is a poster child for the way we want our development today,” said James Hughes, dean emeritus of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University…

Parsippany OKs tax incentive deal for mixed use, 441- apartment complex
Feb 20, 2019 – Daily Record – Township council approved a tax incentive pilot [Payment in Lieu of Taxes] for a proposed mixed use retail and a 441-apartment residential project to replace two shuttered Route 10 office buildings. The pilot was approved as the council faced the threat of a lawsuit from the builder and the possibility of 800 new apartment units built on the site…

Twp. Seeks New Engineering Team, Zoning Officer
Feb 14, 2019 – The Westfield Leader – Cranford’s zoning officer and the township engineer have both resigned…

Committee Tables Resolution On Sale of Myrtle Parcel
Feb 14, 2019 – The Westfield Leader – Cranford: Mayor Patrick Giblin and the township committee decided to table a resolution authorizing the sale of public land on Myrtle Street at Monday evening’s township committee workshop meeting. Mayor Giblin stated that because Tuesday’s official meeting was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, the resolution will be reconsidered and discussed at a meeting on Tuesday, February 19…

Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same
Feb 13, 2019 – Bloomberg Businessweek – Cheap stick framing has led to a proliferation of blocky, forgettable mid-rises—and more than a few construction fires…there’s a reason why stick wasn’t the default for big apartment buildings until recently, and why these buildings are limited in height: Sticks burn…

Union OKs variances for five-story apartment building
Feb 11, 2019 – Union News Daily – Zoning Board members have approved several variances to advance a proposal that would replace the Garden Buffet restaurant on Morris Avenue with a five-story apartment building and new restaurant at street level…

Eagle Ridge Golf Club development public hearing in Lakewood postponed by judge
Feb 5, 2019 – Asbury Park Press – Toms River – Plans to build hundreds of homes on the site of the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood hit a speed bump Tuesday, when a judge ordered a 30-day postponement of a public hearing on the controversial proposal. Superior Court Judge Marlene Lynch Ford granted the injunction just hours before the hearing was scheduled to take place before the township’s Planning Board…

Westfield Business Relocating To Cranford
Feb 5, 2019 – Patch.com – Westfield’s loss is Cranford’s gain, as after 50 years at the corner of Rahway and South Avenue, international law firm Lerner David is moving their business to Cranford. The global intellectual property law firm, is relocating 20 Commerce Drive in Cranford, leasing space in the Cranford business park. Lerner David’s new home at 20 Commerce Drive is a fully-amenitized Class A building with direct access to the Garden State Parkway…

Lakewood: Fairways residents ask judge to stop approval of Eagle Ridge plan
Feb 4, 2019 – Asbury Park Press – A lawyer for residents angered over the proposed development of Eagle Ridge golf course is asking a judge to at least temporarily stop the township planning board from approving the project.  Michele R. Donato, a land use lawyer representing residents of the Fairways at Lake Ridge adult community, argued in a late-Monday request for an injunction that legal issues raised by the Fairways residents should be decided before the planning board takes action…

Flawed Lakewood master plan allows homes at Eagle Ridge, without street improvements
Feb 4, 2019 – Asbury Park Press – It took dozens of hours in contentious public meetings and more than a year for planning officials here to hash out a master plan to guide growth. Acquiescing to residents’ concerns about traffic jams, township officials ultimately made some residential construction contingent upon street improvements coming first. But over the course of just three months, and without public fanfare, that contingency disappeared…

3D maps show parts of NJ are the most densely populated on the planet
Jan 26, 2019 – NJ.com – …The Garden State is home to the top four most densely populated municipalities in the United States, and seven of the top 10. The top four, all in Hudson County, are some of the most densely populated on the planet…

Lakewood: Sierra Club Slams New Development Proposal
Jan 29, 2019 – Ocean County Scanner News – …GDMS Holdings will present plans to build a mix of 1,000 single-family homes, duplexes, and basement apartments, on the former golf course. The development is named “The Parke,” which will include bike paths, parks and open space, multiple community centers, and local retail and amenities…

Public Health Concerns Continue to be Raised Over Arsenic Runoff From Toll Brothers Site in Mahwah, Upper Saddle River and Saddle River
Jan 28, 2019 – The Ridgewood Blog – Mahwah Environmental Commission and its members were apprised over the weekend by Derek Michalski of the situation in USR and ongoing concerns regarding alleged arsenic and lead pollution. Also they were provided with new aerial surveillance video documenting that Toll Brothers is using underground and above ground pumps to dewater “colloidal clay” directly into Pleasant Brook…

Massive $300M real estate project could reshape West Windsor
Jan 21, 2019 – Return on Information New Jersey (ROI) – More than 800 units of housing — rental, for-sale and age-restricted. More than 37,000 square feet of retail surrounding more than 50,000 square feet of an open-space, grassy promenade. A 120-room hotel with a rooftop restaurant. A train station with easy access to the Northeast Corridor…

Developer Presents Plans For Montvale-Section of Sony Site
Jan 21, 2019 – Pascack Press/Northern Valley Press – An engineer and architect for Hornrock Properties’ proposal to construct a four story, 50-feet-tall 185-unit multifamily housing development in Montvale—including 37 affordable housing units— testified Jan. 2 on development details and were questioned about impacts on nearby Park Ridge, as well as local impacts, parking and fire safety…

Battleground Bramnick: Murphy Out of Touch, “Even with His Own Party’
Jan 15, 2019 – InsiderNJ – “Of 169 new laws, there was not one law related to making New Jersey more affordable – not one plan,” said the minority leader [Asm Jon Bamnick]. “This is the number one exit state in the nation. There was
nothing in this state of the state to address this massive exit…

Newark council’s approval of zoning rule brings gentrification fears
Jan 10, 2019 – NJTV News – Residents came out in droves Wednesday, pleading with Newark’s city council not to approve MX-3, a new zoning ordinance they say will change the Ironbound as they know it. It would allow development of high-rise, high-density residential buildings in the East Ward. “The more you add the market rate units to the neighborhood, the more pressure you’re putting on rents outside of the immediate neighborhood right there,” said Ironbound Community Corporation Executive Director Joseph Della Fave….

Report urges governor to be proactive in Pinelands preservation
Jan 9, 2019 – NJTV News – At more than a million acres, the Pinelands occupies most of Southern New Jersey. In 1979, Gov. Brendan Byrne signed the Pinelands Protection Act to preserve hundreds of thousands of acres of forest and streams…The report also criticizes the commission for what it says is the agency’s restricting public access and comment, trying to approve major developments without a Pinelands Commission vote, and failing to act on vast off road vehicle damage…

Stockpiling property isn’t a good enough excuse for towns to take your land, court rules
Jan 8, 2019 – NJ.com – A three-judge panel unanimously overruled a decision that allowed Glassboro to take property from a landowner through the use of eminent domain without designating the specific purpose for the acquisition.
The Institute for Justice, which filed a supporting legal brief in the case, said the ruling “affirms that this means the government must meet real burdens before it forcibly acquires property.”…

Newark council’s approval of zoning rule brings gentrification fears
Jan 10, 2019 – NJTV News – Residents came out in droves Wednesday, pleading with Newark’s city council not to approve MX-3, a new zoning ordinance they say will change the Ironbound as they know it. It would allow development of high-rise, high-density residential buildings in the East Ward. “The more you add the market rate units to the neighborhood, the more pressure you’re putting on rents outside of the immediate neighborhood right there,” said Ironbound Community Corporation Executive Director Joseph Della Fave….

Giblin takes selection to be mayor in stride
Jan 5, 2019 – Union News Daily – Patrick Giblin, who has been chosen to become [Cranford] mayor in 2019 by the members of the Township Committee, is taking the appointment in stride…

Patrick Giblin Sworn in as Cranford Mayor
Jan 3, 2019 – TAPintoCranford – After two years at the helm, Thomas Hannen Jr. has stepped aside and Giblin was sworn in at Wednesday’s Reorganization Meeting. Mayors in Cranford are not directly elected by the voters but chosen from among the committee members. Though no longer mayor, Hannen will remain on the Township Committee as a Commissioner and Ann Dooley will remain as Deputy Mayor…

Buh-Bye! More Residents Left New Jersey Than Any Other State In 2018, Study Says
Jan 2, 2019 – Hackensack Daily Voice – A new study found that more residents left New Jersey than any other U.S. state in 2018. United Van Lines, a St. Louis-based moving company, found that 66.8 percent of New Jersey moves were outbound…

Mayor Delivers ‘State of Township Address’ at Clark Municipal Government 2019 Reorganization Meeting
Jan 2, 2019 – TAPintoClark – … [Mayor Sal Bonaccorso] thanked the volunteers that work on the Clark Planning Board for their endless hours and dedication this year especially in light of the affordable housing plan that he described as a situation where “we held our noses and voted and signed the agreement with affordable housing, ultimately we had to continue to protect Clark.”…

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