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In March 2014, the NJ Supreme Court directed the NJ Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) to adopt rules and regulations for municipalities to address their obligations for the period 1999-2024. Rules and regulations were proposed and on October 20, 2014 COAH met to consider these for adoption. The deadline for adoption as required by the Court was October 22, 2014, but COAH was deadlocked 3-3 on the adoption of the rules and regulations and with a tie vote, the adoption failed. Without the rules and regulations being adopted, the matter of figuring out municipal affordable housing obligations could return to court. New Jersey Future, a non-profit organization which focuses on housing policy for New Jersey, is convening an Affordable Housing Roundtable on November 13, 2014 to discuss the direction or lack of direction that the state is providing for affordable housing. Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq., a firm Director, has been invited to participate in the roundtable. Mr. Schmierer and the firm represent approximately thirty-five municipalities (governing bodies, land use boards, special counsel for affordable housing) throughout the state and have been providing advice and direction in the area of affordable housing even befor the adoption of the NJ Fair Housing Act of 1985. It is hoped that from the roundtable discussions public policy relating to the delivery of affordable housing can be formulated and shared with the NJ State Legislature in an attempt to clarify and move forward on the municipal constitutional obligation to provide for the development of affordable housing.
Trishka Waterbury Cecil, Of Counsel with the Firm, will be speaking at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJLM) Orientation seminars for Municipal Officials this month. This orientation is designed for municipal officials who are newly elected, re-elected, or experienced. It is fast paced and designed to quickly bring officials up-to-date on important municipal issues. Newly elected officials will get a thorough overview of their major areas of responsibility, key contacts at the State level, and important sources of information and assistance.
Trishka Waterbury Cecil, Of Counsel with the Firm, has completed her annual Year-End Law Review for 2020 (a/k/a the “Big Book”) which is now available for members on the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (NJILGA) website: https://www.njilga.org/. At a webinar presented on November 19, 2020 at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Virtual Conference, Trishka (NJILGA Past President) and Steve Goodell (Treasurer), highlighted and discussed selected local government cases from the past year and entertained questions and comments from attendees.
Sharon Dragan, a Director with the Firm, has recently been elected to serve as Secretary for the NJ Institute of Local Government Attorneys in 2021. For more information about the NJILGA, see
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