CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township received an extension on its affordable housing compliance from Superior Court Judge Michael Gaus on Thursday, pushing its third-round compliance hearing to late July or early August.

The remote conference hearing with Judge Gaus approved the request by Chatham Township Attorney Albert Cruz, giving the township planning board until June 21 to hold a public hearing on the plan to build 60 to 62 affordable housing units on River Road.

The River Road units are part of the amended December 2018 court agreement struck with the Fair Share Housing Center to meet the township's affordable housing obligation. Three Group Homes accommodating four adults each are also part of the deal.

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Chatham Township Mayor Michael Kelly announces extension granted by Judge Gaus on affordable housing

At the Chatham Township Committee meeting held Thursday evening, the committee introduced three ordinances on affordable housing, setting up the sites for Group Homes at 76 Southern Boulevard, 587 Fairmount Avenue and on the cul-de-sac on Gibbons Place. The public hearing on the three ordinances is set for May 14.

The committee approved each ordinance, 4-0, with committee member Karen Swartz recused from voting because of a business relationship with John J. Delaney Jr., the attorney representing resident Carmela Sagendorf, who has filed a civil suit against the township. Sagendorf, who has lived on River Road for 60 years, opposes the affordable housing development. 

The first Group Home ordinance calls for the expenditure of $600,000 for the acquisition of real property at 76 Southern Boulevard.

The second Group Home ordinance appropriates $587,000 for the acquisition of 587 Fairmount Avenue. The third ordinance related to affordable housing calls for $200,000 of improvements to the property owned by the township on Gibbons Place.