- Of Counsel
Trishka Waterbury Cecil recently represented the town of Princeton before the Appellate Division of the Superior Court is New Jersey
In Avalon Princeton, LLC v. Princeton, 2017 WL 2544792 (App. Div. June 13, 2017), the Appellate Division held that under the plain language of the Uniform Housing and Affordability Controls (UHAC), N.J.A.C. 5:80-26.11(a), the affordability restrictions on low- and moderate-income affordable housing rental units must remain in place for at least thirty years, and must continue to remain in place until the municipality elects to release the units. The court further held that the municipal election to release the units must be made after the expiration of the initial thirty-year period, not before, and must be made by ordinance. The court held that the regulation in question preempts any local ordinance or language in a developer’s agreement to the contrary, and concluded that Princeton acted properly when it rejected Avalon’s attempt to record a deed restriction on the affordable units in its development pursuant to which the restrictions would have expired automatically at the conclusion of the initial thirty-year period.
A copy of the decision can be downloaded for free from Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=13385101032910667269).
Priscilla will be supporting all areas of our practice, but particularly litigation and local government practice groups. Priscilla comes to MG&P from Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC where she concentrated her practice in Community Association Law and Litigation. Prior to joining Ansell, she handled insurance defense cases. Priscilla received a dual degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law.
It was great to see the girls running and the community cheering them on. The bi-annual 5K race is a celebration of the participants completing the Girls on the Run curriculum, a life-changing program for 3rd through 8th grade girls that focuses on self-confidence, healthy relationships and feeling good about themselves. MG&P has sponsored Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey for many years and are so pleased to be able to sponsor them again this Spring. Nicole M. Sciotto, Esq.
On June 23, 2022, Mason, Griffin & Pierson, PC, Director, Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq., moderated a panel discussion presented by Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey (AHPNJ) concerning the status of affordable housing delivery for the Third Round and preparation for the Fourth Round which commences July 1, 2025. Mr. Schmierer is the President of AHPNJ. The panelists included a representative from the Fair Share Housing Center, former Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, the Chief of Multifamily Program for NJHMFA and a professional planner who has served as a Special Court Master in 40 plus municipalities for the implementation of Third Round Affordable Housing Plans. Mr. Schmierer chairs the firm's Government Practice Group which represents over 30 municipal governing bodies, land use board and affordable housing committees throughout the State of New Jersey.
On December 5, 2022, the MG&P team participating in an office lighting of luminaries to support the Communities of Light(tm). The Womanspace 21st Annual Communities of Light(tm) candles line the streets of central New Jersey - a powerful symbol of hope for men, women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in our community. Communities of Light raises awareness of the services available to help those victims in Mercer County. The luminaries help spread the important message that Peace Begins at Home. Womanspace, Inc. is a leading nonprofit agency in Mercer County, New Jersey, that provides a comprehensive array of services to individuals and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence and dedicated to improving the quality of life for adults and their families. Programs include crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy and housing services.