ZONING/PLANNING BOARD HEARINGS

to be continued August 1--HARTZ MOUNTAIN HEARING FOR 905 APARTMENTS AT 750 WALNUT AVE, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 8 PM, MUNICIPAL BUILDING



A LESSON FOR CRANFORD'S OFFICIALS: SUMMIT, NJ, REDEVELOPMENT TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNITY INPUT

CRANFORD NORTH AVENUE REDEVELOPMENT STUDY
THANK YOU TO THE CRANFORD COMMUNITY FOR THE GREAT RESPONSE & HELPING YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS SAVE THEIR BUSINESSES
Eminent Domain Removed From Prop. In Study Area, Westfield Leader, 1/25, page 1
Rumored Morale Problems Plague the Cranford Municipal Building
Within the last 6 months a number of Cranford employees have quit. A few examples:
Downtown Business & Economic Development Director
Police Chief
Assistant Zoning Officer
Township Clerk
Tax Collector

NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING LAWS

On July 17, 2008, Gov. Jon Corzine signed legislation to help develop affordable housing in New Jersey


Highights of the new law
Friday, July 18, 2008

The legislation signed yesterday by Gov. Jon Corzine will:

• Abolish "regional contribution agreements" that had allowed towns to meet their affordable housing obligations by paying poorer cities to build housing there.

• Create an "Affordable Housing Trust Fund."

• Charge developers a 2.5 percent fee on the value of commercial development to finance construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing.

• Require towns to commit developer fee funds to affordable housing within their borders.

• Set aside 20 percent of all state-assisted housing projects for affordable housing.

• Set aside 13 percent of all affordable housing for families earning less than 30 percent of the state's median income.

• Require all state agencies to include a housing affordability impact statement when creating new regulations.

• Establish a state Housing Commission to develop a strategic housing plan and report annually to the Legislature.

Source: N.J. Legislature

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