Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

Council Members 

Mayor Al Smith (Chairman) 

Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo     


Township Officials/Advisors 

Tom Strowe, Project Coordinator for Redevelopment (Secretary) 

Bob LaCosta, Construction Official 

Paulette Coronato, Class IV Planning Board Member      



Bill Picard     



Deanna Dell-Bene


Board of Education

Cindy Clancy

Tonya Williams, Alternate

2019 Meeting Schedule

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) will meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers at Town Hall (430 Park Avenue), unless otherwise noted. See the calendar below:

Date Location Time
Wed., January 9 Town Hall 6:00 p.m.
Wed., February 13 Town Hall 6:00 p.m. 
Wed., March 13 Town Hall 6:00 p.m. 
* Wed., April 10 Town Hall 6:00 p.m. 
Wed., May 8 Town Hall 6:00 p.m.
Wed., June 12 Town Hall 6:00 p.m. 
Wed., July 10 Town Hall 6:00 p.m.
Wed., August 14 Town Hall 6:00 p.m. 
Wed., September 11 Town Hall 6:00 p.m. 
Wed., October 23 Town Hall 6:00 p.m. 
Wed., November 13 Town Hall 6:00 p.m.
Wed., December 11 Town Hall 6:00 p.m.

* Meeting has been postponed



Northside Resident Members 

Luisa Bianco 

Ann DeCamp 

Laura Szpond 

Sylvia Hicks 

Marc Shanker 

Reverend Kenneth Truslow     

Michelle Wyrwa

Amy Beth Jones


Southside Resident Members 

Rich Fortunato

Jonathan Pecarsky 

Matthew Mendelsohn 

Scott Shulman 

Frank Conley 

Holly Simon   

Suman Dahiya-Shah

Alisa DeLeo

Resolution No. 2018-203

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Endorses Reform Legislation

MAY 21, 2019 -- The Scotch Plains Affordable Housing Advisory Committee endorsed four state legislative bills intended to reform the affordable housing process at their monthly May meeting.


The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee supports providing affordable housing in New Jersey for low income families, seniors, millennials, veterans, those with special needs as well as other groups. However, the current manner in which affordable housing is determined fails to consider how local communities may be affected by the construction of thousands of new units.


The bills endorsed by the Committee will end the costly, inefficient and inconsistent court mandated process currently being imposed on municipalities by instituting a State legislative committee to evaluate and determine the need for affordable housing at the State and Regional levels and require an analysis of a municipality’s population, infrastructure, school class sizes and school services, before assigning affordable housing numbers. 


Click here to read the entire press release. 

Mayor Al Smith Speaks at Public Hearing in Trenton

Mayor Al Smith spoke in Trenton on July 25th at a public hearing on the state-imposed affordable housing requirements. The hearing was hosted by the Assembly of Housing and Community Development Committee. 

Click here to read Mayor Smith's testimony. 

Affordable Housing Legislation

The Mayor and Township Council are committed to finding ways to reform the affordable housing process to make it fairer and more realistic for municipalities. State Legislation is required to reform the affordable housing process.


One example is Assembly Bill A-1648, which will reform the affordable housing process to establish additional factors for municipal adjustment used in calculating fair share affordable housing obligations and provide for a population-based cap for these obligations. Please contact Tom Strowe at (908) 322-6700 ext 317 or for any questions.

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