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Regional Contribution Agreements

A growing chorus of government decision-makers also recognizes that ATCs can do more harm than good. Assembly spokesman Joseph Roberts has introduced a bill that would ban future ATCs and describe payments as “blood money” that excludes low-income residents from municipalities with greater opportunities for promotion. Accompanying legislation has been introduced in the Senate, where it has the support of Senate President Codey. In August 2005, Governor Corzine also spoke out against the CAR and told Asbury Park Press that the CAR allowed more prosperous communities to “bypass the spirit and intent” of the NJ Supreme Court`s so-called Mount Laurel decisions, which originally underpinned municipalities` obligations to cover their “fair share” of regional affordable housing needs. In the summer of 2017, the mayors of five cities in Bergencounty announced that they will “unite to have a regional perspective on affordable housing, to find reasonable solutions to protect the integrity of their communities.” [48] Fair Housing, Zoning, exclusionary zoning, Mount Laurel, Mount Laurel Doctrine, New Jersey Fair Housing Act, racial integration, RCA, Regional Contribution Agreement, urban renewal, urban revitalization The community of Chatham Township has raised several objections to new affordable housing units that have consistent historical and regional objections to Mount Laurel Doctrine. Many citizens expressed concern about the impact of resident fees to fund new affordable housing units. A Chatham Township resident, who spoke at the Township Committee meeting on September 12, 2019, proposed this “penalty… It`s a box. and are simply not implemented.” [54] This proposal reflects the open refusal to comply with The I doctrine of Mount Laurel, which requires the municipality to provide housing to persons with multiple income categories, which was a common practice between 1975 and 1981. The Doctrine of Mount Laurel requires municipalities to add equitable housing conditions through the communal zoning. [55] In addition to monetary costs, residents expressed concern about the loss of open space and trees. This evolution requires the distance of 18 trees on the skatepark grounds and must exceed the building height allowed in the commune by 2.98 feet. [56] The conflict over liberated spaces is a conflict that occurs in many communities, as in builder`s remedy lawsuit cases.

A group of young people expressed concern about the loss of the skatepark in the commune, for which there are currently no reconstruction projects. [57] Because this area is suburban, one resident said, “I am not reluctant to have affordable housing per se,” but he is “reluctant to be an enlarged population” because the city is characterized by low-density housing. [58] Another resident noted that the construction site is in a busy area near the elementary school, and that new occupants will reduce parking and pedestrian safety. [59] Concerns about the evolution of the suburban form are often raised in a “legislative outcry” over the fear that suburban communities in New Jersey will resemble cities.