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      

 

Environmental 

Bill Picard     

 

Recreation 

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. 
** Tues., July 9 Town Hall 7:00 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

** Amberg North Ave. & Amberg Town Hall Meeting


* Note: The meeting on Wednesday, August 14 has been postponed.

Agendas

Minutes

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


Scotch Plains Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Launches Petition

The Scotch Plains Affordable Housing Advisory Committee launched a petition today to gather signatures of New Jersey residents who want to bring common-sense reforms to the current costly, inefficient and inconsistent New Jersey court mandated affordable housing process presently being imposed on New Jersey municipalities.

 

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.

 

Back in May 2019, the non-partisan Affordable Housing Advisory Committee endorsed four (4) bills, S-2997/A4471, A-1649, S-2386/A-1648, S-2572/A-1644 to reform the current broken, court driven affordable housing overdevelopment process.

 

The petition asks residents to sign in support of these bills, which will among other things, institute a State legislative committee to evaluate and determine the need for affordable housing at the State and Regional levels and require among other factors an analysis of a municipality's population, infrastructure, school class sizes and school services, before assigning affordable housing numbers.

 

“The only way to get our State Legislators to listen and institute reforms is for residents to directly demand it,” said Mayor Al Smith, Chairman of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. “After obtaining thousands of signatures, I, along with Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, plan on personally delivering this petition to Governor Murphy’s office as well as the Democrat and Republican State Legislative Leaders to engage them in conversation on reform.”

 

Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo added: “It’s time for action, and if the reforms outlined in this petition are implemented, we will bring plain common sense and consideration of a town’s infrastructure before requiring the construction of thousands of units. I urge everyone to sign this petition.”

 

To sign the petition, visit the link below: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/264/002/417/petition-for-affordable-housing-reform/

 

See link below to video of Mayor Smith and Deputy Mayor Losardo discussing the petition. https://youtu.be/yZgvSLf753k

 

For information on how to contact your state legislators visit the link below. Let your state legislators know you signed the petition and ask them to cosponsor the four bills discussed above. https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/SelectMun.asp

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 Discusses Affordable Housing Reform with Bill Spadea on NJ 101.5 FM

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 tstrowe@scotchplainsnj.com for any questions.

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