Governor Christie Reveals Plan for Affordable Housing and COAH

Posted by on May 14, 2010 in COAH and Affordable Housing Issues, Legislation

By: Michael J. Lipari, Esq.
Governor Christie has unveiled his new housing reform proposal, which seeks to drastically change affordable housing policies that have been in place for decades. As promised, the Governor proposes to eliminate the Council on Affordable Housing (“COAH”) and limit State involvement in the affordable housing process. The proposal is generally consistent with the report issued in March by the Governor’s Affordable Housing Task Force.

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Governor Christie Signs “Time of Application” Bill Into Law

Posted by on May 6, 2010 in Time of Decision

By Henry T. Chou, Esq.
Marking a major victory for the development community, Governor Christie has signed into law a measure that abolishes the longstanding “Time of Decision” rule governing zoning determinations. The bill, which was passed by both houses of the Legislature earlier this year and is commonly referred to as the “Time of Application” bill, was signed by Governor Christie on May 5, 2010, and takes effect in one year. It will essentially lock in the zoning that is in effect at the time the development application is filed (with the exception noted below).

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