Appellate Division Holds Affordable Housing Qualifies as “Inherently Beneficial Use” in Use Variance Applications

Posted by on Aug 26, 2009 in COAH and Affordable Housing Issues, Municipal Land Use Law, Variances

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
On August 24, 2009, the Appellate Division issued a decision in Homes of Hope v. Eastampton Land Use Planning Board that makes it harder for municipal land use boards to deny use variance applications by developers seeking to build affordable housing. At issue in the lawsuit was whether a 100% affordable housing project proposed by a non-profit developer should have been considered an “inherently beneficial use” by the Eastampton Land Use Board when evaluating the developer’s use variance application.

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Highlands Towns Get Six Month Extension to File COAH Plans

Posted by on Aug 14, 2009 in COAH and Affordable Housing Issues, Highlands

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
On August 12, 2009, the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) granted a six-month extension for fitfy-one towns in the Highlands region to file their affordable housing plans with COAH. The resolution extends the previous deadline of December 8, 2009 to June 8, 2010, which gives Highlands towns additional time to formulate their affordable housing plans based upon “build-out” analyses prepared by the New Jersey Highlands Council.

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