CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee approved three resolutions by 4-0 votes, moving the township closer to meeting its third round affordable housing obligation at its virtual meeting on Thursday evening.

The first resolution amended the settlement agreement with the Fair Share Housing Center for the third time, covering the period of 1987 through 2025. The amended plan calls for Chatham Township to acquire the property at 522 Southern Boulevard, where Charlie Brown's is located, for 62 affordable housing units; build two ranch-style Group Homes on River Road and a third at 344 Hillside Avenue.

The second resolution endorses the township's 2020 Housing Element and Fair Share plan, and the third resolution approves Nouvelle Housing Solutions, Inc., as the builder of the three Group Homes for special needs adults.

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Chatham Township will present its amended plan and construction schedule at its case management conference with Superior Court Judge Michael Gaus on Monday, July 27. 

A preliminary compliance hearing is set for Sept. 17 and a possible final compliance hearing could complete the litigation on Dec. 31, 2020.

"It's not really done, but tonight was a definitely a significant step forward," Chatham Township Mayor Michael Kelly said. "I think it's a very positive step forward. Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard and to the public who has given us so much input. The circumstances have allowed us to get where we are now. It's a very positive step for the township and affordable housing."