Affordable Housing Updates

Fairness and Preliminary Compliance Hearing Adjourned for April 4

The Township of Scotch Plains has announced that there will be a Fairness & Preliminary Compliance Hearing for the Township's housing element and fair share compliance plan on Wednesday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the Union County Courthouse. 

 

Click here to view the notice with the full details of the meeting.

 

The letter acknowledging the adjournment of the Friday, February 16 meeting can be viewed by clicking here.  

Settlement Agreement Between Scotch Plains and Fair Share Housing

Please click here to view the Settlement Agreement Between the Township of Scotch Plains and Fair Share Housing Center January, 2018.

Affordable Housing Powerpoint Presentation

Township Planner Michael Mistretta of Harbor Consultants presented on the Affordable Housing Settlement Agreement in front of the Township Council at the Council Business Meeting on Tuesday, January 16.

 

Click here to view the Powerpoint Presentation. 

How to Apply for Affordable Housing

 

For information about purchasing an affordable home in Scotch Plains, please visit www.affordablehomesnewjersey.com.  

 

On the website, you will be able to:

 

  • Complete a preliminary application
  • Find out income guidelines
  • Join waiting lists
  • See current listings of home for sale and rent.

If you have additional questions, you may leave a message at 609-664-2769, ext 5.

Affordable Housing Background Info & History

The affordable housing or Mount Laurel doctrine, started with the 1975 decision by the N.J. Supreme Court involving the Township of Mount Laurel (So. Burl. Cty. N.A.A.C.P v. Tp. of Mt. Laurel, 67 N.J. 151 (1975) or “Mount Laurel I”). In Mount Laurel I, the Supreme Court decided that under the State Constitution, each municipality “must, by its land use regulations, make realistically possible the opportunity for an appropriate variety and choice of housing for all categories of people who may desire to live there”, including those of low and moderate income. Thus, the Mount Laurel I decision prohibits municipalities from using zoning powers to prevent the potential for the development of affordable housing.

 

Click here to download the full document with the entire background and history of Affordable Housing. 


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