The New Jersey appeals court informed Governor Chris Christie’s administration that they only have until March 8, 2011 to come out with new rules for NJ affordable housing. The appeals court also said that the governor needs to submit a report every two weeks about any progress about NJ affordable housing’s new rules.
In October 2010, the court cut down a huge part of the NJ affordable housing’s regulations, which dictate every town’s obligations to present low- and moderate-income homes, and grant New Jersey about 5 months to write another set of rules.
The appeals court decision said that by simply asking the court for additional time is not a good reason for failing to abide by its order.
According to an advocacy group for NJ affordable housing— Fair Share Housing Center’s associate director, Kevin Walsh, the state of New Jersey can not afford Gov. Christie government’s foot-dragging on the critical issue.
Walsh also added that there are thousands lower-income seniors, people with special needs, thousands of working families, and business community are earnestly awaiting constitutional and sound regulations for NJ affordable housing.
Last week, the court voted for a bill that would abolish the Council on Affordable Housing, and depending on how the report’s progress looks, the court will be deciding to whether appoint a special official to oversee the agency.
NJ affordable housing’s council has not started developing the new set of regulations because it has requested the state Supreme Court to halt the requirement while a number of groups appeal to some parts of the October assessment.