- 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).
The firm is pleased to be a sponsor of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mercer Annual Golf Classic. The May 20th fundraiser is at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, New Jersey. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, one-on-one relationships. For more information go to bbbsmercer.org.
Mason, Griffin & Pierson is a supporter of the May 3rd Corner House Foundation Spring Benefit. The event is at the Mercer Lake Boathouse and honors Lance Liverman. Corner House Foundation supports the mission of Corner House Behavioral Health. Corner House addresses issues of alcohol and drug abuse through prevention, treatment, and outreach programs. See cornerhousenj.org for more information.
On Saturday May 4 (rain date May 5), the Township of Harrison hosts its annual family entertainment event taking place on Main Street in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. Mason, Griffin & Pierson is a sponsor. For more information go to visitnj.org.
Mason, Griffin & Pierson is a sponsor of the May 11th "Home Springs Eternal" Gala. The event will raise funds for the construction of approximately twenty new affordable rental homes in Princeton. The event will be held at the Mercer Lake Boathouse in West Windsor. See www.pchhomes.org for more information.
Mason, Griffin & Pierson is a sponsor of Montgomery Rocky-Hill Rotary Club's annual community charity event, Run With Rotary. The event takes place in Skillman Park, Skillman, New Jersey. The day begins with a 5K road race and one-mile walk/ramble followed by a free "Earth Day Fair." Register online at runwithrotary.org.
Mason, Griffin & Pierson is a sponsor for the May 23 Womanspace "Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award" dinner and fundraising event honoring Tony Porter, CEO of A Call To Men, for his efforts to prevent violence against women. Womanspace is a nonprofit organization that provides counseling and housing for women and their families who are impacted by family violence. Firm Director, Edwin Schmierer is a member of the Board of Trustees of Womanspace. For more information go to womanspace.org.