League of Municipalities applauds Supreme Court decision to hear COAH case

The N.J. League of Municipalities Thursday applauded the New Jersey Supreme Court decision granting all the petitions for certification from the Oct. 8  Appellate Division decision which invalidated COAH’s third round regulations.

 The League  was one of the parties seeking an appealt. The League asked the Court to hear all of the petitions so as to get a comprehensive decision that can provide guidance to municipalities.  

The October decision struck down regulations promulgated by the agency, which were opposed by local governments for the inflated projections of growth and reliance on a faulty vacant land analysis, according to the League. However, in doing so, the Court also invalidated the “growth share” methodology as adopted by the agency, the League said.

“We are pleased that the Court will consider our appeal,” League Executive Director Bill Dressel said in a statement.  “There must be a resolution to the endless disputes that have arisen in recent years over COAH.  The Court’s actions are of utmost importance, since it appears that a legislative solution is not imminent.”

“We will urge the Court to settle on a methodology that is reasonable and rational, which provides for affordable housing and does so in a way consistent with the principles of smart growth and the State Plan and does not compel a financial obligation on our property taxpayers.”

League of Municipalities applauds Supreme Court decision to hear COAH case