CHATHAM, NJ- While most of the discussion at last week's Chatham Township Committee meeting focused on whether the Skate Park can be moved to a new location, lost in the public reaction was the fact that an Affordable Housing agreement has been negotiated.
The Chatham Township Committee has been working for more than two years on a negotiated agreement that will satisfy the township's third round of Affordable Housing obligations. The committee voted, 4-1, in favor of the plan that will need to be approved during a February Superior Court hearing to become final.
The two-step plan to meet obligations to allow for the building of Affordable Housing and protect the township from builders-remedy lawsuits, calls for 54 townhomes to be built on the 30-acre Dixiedale Farm and for 24 Affordable Housing units to be built at the Skate Park site on Southern Boulevard.
Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter talks about the long hours put in to negotiate the settlement with the Fair Share Housing Center
Outgoing Chatham Township Committee member Kevin Sullivan voted "no" on the settlement resolution, citing that Affordable Housing mandates are turning the Garden State into the Garden Apartment State. See his full remarks below.