BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council approved a resolution concerning affordable housing and the COAH third round housing rules, which will not require any additional construction on the part of the township.
According to township attorney William Savo, the township has been involved in litigation for the third round of COAH regulations, and this resolution accepts the findings and settlement of the Mt. Laurel Declaratory Judgment litigation concerning the third round regulations.
“This is supporting the fair share group and master plan appointed by the court,” he said. “It does not require additional construction, and we have a small carry over to the next round that is already approved by the courts.”
Savo said the agreement means the township is not required to construct any more affordable housing, beyond what has already been approved, for the next 10 years.
Council members thanked the township’s attorney and planner for their work on this.
“We as a council and township owe a debt of gratitude for their work over the years,” councilman Howard Norgalis said.
Council president Filipe Pedroso agreed.
“I’m not big fan of COAH, and I think it is unfortunate we have these laws on the books,” he said. “I think the municipality should control its own zoning and how it wants its neighborhoods to be.”
“But I feel this settlement is really fantastic work and I thank everyone involved,” he added. “The fact that we don’t have to build additional housing, we have more control over our destiny and how the town will look over the next 10 years.”