Bernards Committee To Address 'Affordable Housing,' and More at Tuesday Meeting

The Bernards Township Committee generally meets about twice a month at the township municipal building, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - An old subject -- whether the township has fulfilled its state-imposed quota for "affordable housing units" -- is scheduled to get a new look at Tuesday's Bernards Township Committee meeting.

At the last meeting in May, Township Attorney John Belardo discussed efforts by the New Jersey Builders Association to increase construction of new housing units in the township as a method of meeting the township's "fair share" of affordable housing.

A resolution to be discussed at Tuesday's Committee meeting -- to begin at 8 p.m. in the municipal building at 1 Collyer Lane -- contends that Bernards Township has fully met its affordable housing obligations since the state began setting quotas in 1985.

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The most recent 2010 housing affordable housing requirements also have been met, the proposed resolution states.

Some of the ways that the township has provided affordable housing units in Bernards in the past three decades, the resolution says, have included the construction of housing for homeless veterans in Lyons; the sale of units at Society Hill and The Cedars; group homes for the Matheny Medical Center and Bethel Ridge; and underwriting the construction of affordable housing in South Bound Brook and Phillipsburg in past years.

The resolution will be open for public comment during the meeting.

In another item on Tuesday's agend, the township will add to this year's budget the receipt of a $59,344 award from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for the purpose of funding the 2015 Clean Communities Program. 

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