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(In order articles are posted. Latest update: August 1, 2020)

[HUD] Secretary Carson Terminates 2015 AFFH Rule
Jul 23, 2020 – HUD.gov – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced the Department will ultimately terminate the Obama Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation issued in 2015, which proved to be complicated, costly, and ineffective…

Council votes 6-0 to approve 50-unit affordable complex as trial looms
Jul 29, 2020 – Pascack Press – After a nearly two-hour closed session meeting July 21, Park Ridge’s Borough Council voted unanimously to approve a “partial settlement agreement” with a developer to “create a realistic opportunity” for 50 affordable units at a local site—a key component of their embattled affordable housing settlement plan…

Jackson Residents Condemn 1,100-Unit Housing Development
Jul 16, 2020 – NJ News Network – The reason for change is Jackson Parke, 1,100-unit housing development plan that includes 220 fair-share houses, possibly the largest development project in the history of the town to be built on Perrineville Road…

Jackson Residents Condemn 1,100-Unit Housing Development
Jul 16, 2020 – New Jersey News Network – …The issue residents are raising with the location of Jackson Parke is it is not just disrupting the quality of life in the neighborhood, but there are major environmental factors at stake…

Letter: ‘Redevelopment’ — Code Word for Urbanization & High-Density Structures
Jul 13, 2020 – TAPintoWestfield – It may come as a surprise to Westfield residents that our entire award-winning downtown has been designated as an area in need of rehabilitation. Our town parking lots have also been determined “…dilapidated, obsolete, faulty arranged, detrimental to public safety, health.”…

Fanwood Development and Business Update for May 2020
May 7, 2020 – TAPinto Scotch Plains / Fanwood – Director of economic development, Liz Jeffery updated the Borough Council on business [re]developments during the governing body’s virtual meeting on Monday, May 4, 2020…

Park Ridge Housing Trial to Examine Available Land
Mar 10, 2020 – The Press Group – A court-ordered affordable housing trial set to begin March 16 likely will help resolve two of the most contentious issues between Park Ridge, Fair Share Housing Center and Hornrock Properties: what land is eligible to be considered for its “vacant land analysis” and based on that analysis, what number of affordable units comprise a “realistic development potential” for the borough between now and July 2025…

Entire Town Of Belleville ‘In Need Of Rehab?’ It Could Happen
Jul 15, 2020 – Patch Belleville-Nutley – …The proposal would declare every property in Belleville as an area in need of rehabilitation, which would allow the township to offer residents a five-year tax abatement to make improvements to their homes…

Hundreds of Homes and Apartments Proposed Near Mount Olive’s International Trade Center
Jul 15, 2020 – Jersey Digs – New Jersey Foreign Trade Zone Venture, LLC, a company associated with the Rockefeller Group, is expected to seek approval this week in connection with a proposal to bring hundreds of houses and apartments near the International Trade Center in Mount Olive Township…

OPINION: Affordable housing should be within existing sewer system to lessen environmental impacts
Jul 13, 2020 – centraljersey.com – Compliance with affordable housing was and remains a key priority for Hopewell Township. Adherence to the Hopewell Township Master Plan is also a key priority. Support for one of these two priorities should not, in our view, come at the expense of the other…

Judge: Wall’s affordable housing plan is fair and reasonable
Jul 1, 2020 – Star News Group – Wall Township is one step closer to gaining immunity immunity from developers’ lawsuits after a judge ruled in favor of the municipality’s affordable housing plan…

If N.J. malls want to survive, turn their crumbling parking lots into housing, expert says
Jun 27, 2020 – NJ.com – …Westfield Garden State Plaza…launched a plan over a year go to morph into a mixed-use town center infused with a residential community…

South Brunswick Meets Affordable Housing Deadline, Public Hearing in August
Jun 30, 2020 – TAPinto South Brunswick – Yesterday, June 29th, 2020, was the deadline for the South Brunswick township to rezone areas of the township for affordable housing. The township has been in compliance with a court order from November, 2019, which demands the township and planning board to rezone multiple properties in the township…

Englewood Cliffs Fires Affordable Housing Counsel; Mayor Claims ‘System Rigged’
Mar 4, 2020 – Pascack Press – After vowing to appeal two recent Superior Court rulings to require rezoning for 347 new affordable units by mid-April and to permit a developer to construct a 600-unit development—including 100 affordable units—Mayor Mario Kranjac cast the deciding vote to fire the borough’s special counsel Jeffrey Surenian, a key attorney on its affordable housing litigation team…

Assembly votes to convert foreclosures into affordable homes
Jun 18, 2020 – NJ1015.com – Legislation more than eight years in the making that creates a new state program for turning foreclosed residences into affordable housing was passed overwhelmingly Thursday by the state Assembly…

Cranford Roundhouse named to endangered list
Jun 6, 2020 – Union News Daily – A historic building in Cranford, along with its legacy, is in jeopardy. The Cranford Roundhouse was recently featured on a list of the top 10 most endangered historical sites in New Jersey…Township confirms there are no plans to change building’s use or sell it…

335 Residential Units and Hotel Envisioned Near I-78 in Warren Township
Jun 8, 2020 – jerseydigs.com – A largely wooded site in a suburban Somerset County municipality could become the site of a major development complex…

Cranford Roundhouse named to endangered list
Jun 6, 2020 – Union News Daily – The Cranford Roundhouse has been standing for more than 100 years and is one of only three surviving roundhouses in the state; the other two are in Hawthorne and Newark. With today’s housing climate, there is great concern for the historical building…

251 Apartments Envisioned for Former Ethan Allen Furniture Complex in Passaic
Apr 7, 2020 – jerseydigs.com – An industrial building in Passaic that was previously used by a chain of furniture stores could be adaptively reused as part of a proposed redevelopment project…

Hillsborough finally settles affordable housing litigation
May 12, 2020 – mycentraljersey – Almost five years after it was first filed in Superior Court, the township has settled its affordable housing litigation.  Hillsborough was the last municipality in the Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties area to resolve its litigation with the Fair Share Housing Center.

Coronavirus Escape: To the Suburbs
May 8, 2020 – New York Times – The pandemic has convinced some New Yorkers that it’s time to finally give up on city living…While some of the fresh transplants are accelerating plans that had been simmering on the back burner, others are doing what once seemed unthinkable, opting for a split-level on a cul-de-sac after decades of apartment living…

Coronavirus Crisis Threatens Push for Denser Housing
May 5, 2020 – New York Times – Transit-oriented developments were seen as a solution to severe housing shortages, but experts say developers need to rethink the design for a post-pandemic world…

These New Yorkers fleeing coronavirus vow they’ll never return
Apr 29, 2020 – New York Post – Wendy Silverstein never thought she’d leave New York City for good. The 58-year-old design publicist has called her beloved East Village apartment home for 30 years. But then COVID-19 threatened her husband…

Pulte Homes hearing on South Brunswick multifamily development continues next month
Apr 29, 2020 – mycentraljersey.com – …Pulte Homes, the third largest home construction company in the United States, has proposed building 152 units – 44 townhomes and 108 multifamily units – with 20 percent set aside for low- and moderate-income housing on about 26.55 acres at 7 Major Road. The property is located in the ARRC (Age Restricted Residential Community) Zone…

Freehold Township could OK big zoning changes to allow new 848 affordable homes
APR 27, 2020 – app.com – Township officials tonight will take the first step toward enacting major zoning changes to seven parcels of land — several along Route 9 — hoping to expand affordable housing options through new developments…

Building heights spark tension between Jersey City, Hoboken and Union City
Apr 23, 2020 – NJ.com – Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop started the day Thursday by threatening to sue Hoboken over an increase in the allowable height of future buildings in the Mile Square City. By midday, though, the prospect of a protracted legal war between Hoboken and two of its neighbors in Hudson County had cooled…

Cranford Township Committee votes on 750 Walnut Ave.
Mar 9, 2020 – Union News Daily – On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the Cranford Township Committee voted on a resolution requesting that the Planning Board determine whether 750 Walnut Ave. should be designated as a condemnation area in need of redevelopment…

Parsippany plan calls for 1,718 residential units to replace corporate office parks
Mar 8, 2020 – Daily Record – Parsippany’s Planning Board will meet Monday to review a proposal for hundreds of new residential units to be built on a corporate office park off Parsippany Road…

Residents React to Announcement of Rumson’s Future Housing Plans
Feb 28, 2020 – The Journal – More than 1,000 Rumson residents assembled at the Forrestdale School gymnasium on Jan. 14 to hear a public presentation on the borough’s impending housing plans…

Westfield Council Moves on Redevelopment, Briefed on Housing Mandates
Feb 26, 2020 – TAPintoWestfield – Five properties occupied by vacant commercial buildings on the town’s south side near Garwood are one step closer to being turned into apartments and other amenities…

Feb 25, 2020 – Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin’s Facebook Page – Township Committee will vote on a resolution requesting the Planning Board evaluate 750 Walnut Avenue to determine if it should be designated a “condemnation area in need of redevelopment”. This effectively takes the redevelopment decisions out of the hands of Hartz Mountain and into the Township’s…

State Starts to Apportion All $60M Affordable-Housing Funds in 2020 Budget
Feb 24, 2020 – Insider NJ – Plan is to put priority on smaller rental or ownership units that typically have ties to community-based groups looking to address local housing-equity issues…

Verona Board of Planning Determines Cameco Development is Compatible with Master Plan
Feb 22, 2020 – TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove – …The development, commonly referred to as “the Cameco Development,” after the Cameco factory which sits on part of the site, will include 85-90 units. All the units will be deemed “affordable housing.”…

Toll Brothers will publish revised notice for housing application in Cranbury
Feb 21, 2020 – centraljersey.com – Representatives of Toll Brothers will have to wait until March 5 to present their application to the Cranbury Planning Board for a proposed age-restricted residential development…

Planners OK Toll Brothers’ Plans for Hamilton Ave. Property in Berkeley Heights
Feb 20, 2020 – TAP into Berkeley Heights – …Originally approved for 100 housing units, with 20 of those affordable units, the number of units has been reduced to 67 units, 47 of them market-rate, and 20 affordable. This provided a decrease in density without a decrease in affordable units…

Murphy Administration Announces Affordable Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan
Feb 19, 2020 – Insider NJ – The Murphy Administration today announced a roadmap for spending $60 million in Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) funding to advance affordable housing across the state…

Committee Asks Bd. to Look At North Ave. ‘Redevelopment’
Feb 13, 2020 – Westfield Leader – With a 4-to-1 vote, the township committee on Tuesday night approved a resolution requesting that the planning board evaluate certain properties on North Avenue, to determine if the properties should be designated as a “condemnation area in need of redevelopment.”…

Rosie O’Donnell’s NJ Home Is Getting Turned Into Affordable Units
Feb 13, 2020 – patch.com – As part of a fair housing settlement with Saddle River, an estate once owned by Rosie O’Donnell will be redeveloped into affordable units…

Morris County: These projects are under construction in 2020
Feb 12, 2020 – dailyrecord.com – While many towns in Morris County continue to wrestle with the challenges of redeveloping vacant office buildings and addressing affordable-housing obligations, many development projects continued construction progress. The following is a snapshot of some of the larger projects underway in Morris County in 2020…

Clark to Construct 177 Units at Intersection of Walnut Avenue and Valley Road
Feb 11, 2020 – TAPintoCranford – …Mayor Sal Bonaccorso kicked off the meeting reminding attendees that Clark negotiated a deal several years ago with arbitrators of the state for the number of affordable housing units the town would be required to build as required by Fair Share Housing…

MAYORS DISH: Rendo talks up potential of Broadway
Feb 7, 2020 – thepressgroup.net – Woodcliff Lake, NJ:  Speaking at the annual breakfast with the Greater Pascack Valley Mayors on Jan. 29 at the Iron Horse Restaurant in Westwood, Mayor Carlos Rendo called developer-driven affordable housing “the Phil Murphy unfunded mandate or social experiment.”…

First phase of multibillion-dollar NJ waterfront project by Garden State parkway approved 
Dec 12, 2019 – mycentraljersey.com – Sayreville:  Riverton, the massive development on the Raritan River by the Garden State Parkway, took a step closer to becoming a reality when the borough’s planning board on Tuesday approved the first phase of the $2.5 billion project…

Paramus OKs affordable housing agreement. Here’s what it calls for
Jan 29, 2020 – MSN.com – After four years of discussion, Paramus has approved an affordable housing agreement with the Fair Share Housing Center that calls for 259 units in the borough…

Linden building vacant for half-century to be replaced
Jan 25, 2020 – Union News Daily – The abandoned United Lacquer warehouse on West Elizabeth Avenue will be replaced by a six-story, 402-apartment commercial and residential complex following the project’s Jan. 15 approval by the planning board…

East Orange’s Brick Church Plaza to Close This Year, 820-Unit Mixed-Use Development Envisioned
Jan 24, 2020 – JerseyDigs.com – A municipal resolution shows that the complex is slated to include a total of 820 residential units and 197,650 square feet of commercial space…A Triangle Equities’ spokesperson told Jersey Digs that at the Crossings at Brick Church Station, “there will be affordable units set aside for a mix of incomes, ranging from low-income to workforce.”

Kushner family clears hurdle to build 590 apartments in Jersey Shore downtown
Jan 24, 2020 – NJ.com – The real estate firm headed by President Donald Trump’s in-laws cleared a hurdle to add to its portfolio of projects in Long Branch Wednesday night, when Kushner Companies got approval to build 590 apartments…

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

Three-story building OK’d for Raritan Road
Jan 20, 2020 – Union News Daily – Clark: A three-story apartment building will be going up on Raritan Road next to the Clark Village Shopping Center after the planning board unanimously approved a 42-unit structure for the 2.68-acre site at its Jan. 9 reorganization meeting…

Housing Insecurity Among Senior Citizens Is Growing Issue in High-Cost New Jersey
Jan 17, 2020 – NJSpotlight – It’s been called the “Senior Tsunami,” an  impending demographic wave in the form of an aging population that planners and policy experts say New Jersey’s communities are not prepared to handle…

Mayor Smith Sets Out His ‘Complete Agenda’ for 2020
Jan 16, 2020 – Scotch Plains Fanwood Times – At the township council’s reorganization meeting last week, Mayor Alexander Smith, in his message to residents, put forth what he called “a complete agenda” for 2020 that included not only the immediate issues of downtown redevelopment and building court-ordered affordable housing, but also an array of other priorities…

Unusually Contentious Scotch Plains Reorganization Meeting May Have Signaled Launch of the 2020 Mayoral Campaign
Jan 12, 2020 – TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood – …Mayor Smith, joined by Councilman Ted Spera, also a Republican, objected to cutting [township land use attorney Jeffrey] Lehrer loose since the attorney has been involved in downtown redevelopment efforts that the mayor believes would slow down if a new firm is brought on at this time…

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…

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