Fair Share Housing Center applauds court ruling on affordable housing waivers

TRENTON – The Fair Share Housing Center praised a court decision released late Tuesday that prevents the Department of Community Affairs from implementing new procedures in the wake of the governor’s decision to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing.

Fair Share opposes the interim rules that would have allowed municipalities to seek waivers regarding affordable housing.

“New Jersey needs a fair process for building and rehabilitating homes that will create much-needed jobs – not more barriers that exclude working families, lower-income seniors, and people with special needs,” FSHC attorney Kevin D. Walsh said today in a release following the Superior Court ruling.

“Fortunately, the courts have enjoined Governor Christie’s plan, preventing him from replacing the rule of law with special treatment for exclusionary communities.”

FSHC argued that the procedures and waivers that have been blocked would have violated state law that said all changes to law must go through a process that includes public comment.

But DCA earlier had said the waivers would actually have expedited development of low- and moderate-income affordable housing.

FSHC attorney Kevin Walsh said the court has scheduled a Feb. 15 hearing on the case.

DCA reaction was not immediately available.

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