May-14-09 Nine Municipalities Receive COAH Certification
Nine Municipalities Receive COAH Certification
TRENTON - Nine more municipalities today received substantive certification under the Council on Affordable Housing's (COAH) revised third round rules. The action came during today's COAH Board meeting. These nine municipalities join Pine Hill Borough and Lawrence Township (Mercer County) as the first 11 towns in the state to receive certification under the third round rules. The municipalities are: North Hanover Township, Eastampton Township, Millville City, Frenchtown Borough, West Amwell Township, Harding Township, Pennsville Township, Rocky Hill Borough, and Hardyston Township.
"COAH has seen record participation, with over 350 municipalities signaling their intent to participate in the COAH process," said Department of Community Affairs Commissioner and COAH Board Chairman Joseph Doria. "These nine municipalities have shown a commitment to providing their fair share of affordable housing and they should be commended for their actions.
Substantive certification is COAH's determination that a municipal fair share plan presents a realistic opportunity for the production of affordable housing to address the town's portion of the affordable housing need. The substantive certifications granted to these nine municipalities are valid until December 30, 2018 and provide protection from builder's remedy lawsuits.
COAH, an affiliate of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, facilitates the production of sound, affordable housing for low and moderate income households by providing the most effective process to municipalities, housing providers, nonprofit and for profit developers to address a constitutional obligation within the framework of sound, comprehensive planning.