CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee voted unanimously to approve two resolutions Thursday night that will begin the complicated process of resolving the town's obligation for the third round of Fair Share Affordable Housing now being litigated in court.

The first resolution authorizes the planning board to "undertake a preliminary investigation for the redevelopment of approximately 3.8 acres of land," which is the area where the Chatham Skate Park is located. 

The second resolution refers a rezoning request for Dixiedale Farm to the planning board. The second resolution involves the sale of 30.33 acres of land, known as Dixiedale Farm, from Betsie Holt Harr to Sterling Properties.

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The two-step deal would allow the rezoning so that developer Sterling Properties, in partnership with Sun Homes, to build 54 residential units, including four on the second floor of the existing mansion on the property.

In exchange for the rezoning of the land, Sterling Properties and Sun Homes have offered to "provide the Township with a one-hundred percent affordable housing development on the 3.8 acres" owned by the Chatham Township next to the Chatham Township Police Department on Southern Boulevard.

"This agreement would help solve Chatham Township's affordable housing obligations and effectively lead to the relocation of the Chatham Skate Park," Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter said..

Township attorney Albert Cruz explained that this was the first step in a long process, which would include public hearings and ordinances adopted by the Chatham Township Committee and then final approval from the planning board.

The plans would also be contingent on an agreement with the Fair Share Housing Center in litigation over Chatham Township's obligation for the third round of Fair Share Affordable Housing, which is being presided over by Morris County Superior Court Judge Stephan C. Hansbury.

Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter talks about how the committee can control the destiny of the town and protect it from builders-remedy lawsuits

Chatham Township Deputy Mayor Kevin Sullivan talks about the resolutions to move forward with affordable housing obligations