CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee will try to sort out its options for an alternative to its affordable housing plan when it holds a Special Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 7, three days before it must file a formal legal motion for an extension.

During the "Hearing of Citizens" at the 2020 reorganization meeting of the Chatham Township Committee on Thursday night, residents were asked to bring their questions to the Special Meeting, which will be dedicated to the issue.

Chatham Township resident David Workman asked for an update during public commentary in the video below.

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At its Dec. 12, 2019, meeting, the Chatham Township Committee laid out an outline for considering other options than turning over the municipal building to a developer for 65 affordable housing rental units.

At that meeting Kelly, now the new Chatham Township mayor, said that the township has talked to an architect and is determining "cost estimates" on four options:

  • Provide an update on the 2008 report on what it would cost in 2020 dollars to update and repair the municipal building
  • Provide a cost estimate on renovating the existing police department building to bring it up to 2020 department of corrections standards
  • Provide a cost estimate to relocate the police department operations to a renovated municipal building
  • Provide a cost estimate to build a new combined municipal and police building at a location between the current police building and the department of public works 

At the Special Meeting held Dec. 19, 2019Albert Cruz, township attorney, reported that the judge ordered that a formal legal motion be filed by Jan. 10 in support of the request for an extension on naming a site or sites for the affordable housing obligation agreed to in the December 2018 settlement.

The Fair Share Housing Center will make its response or cross-motion on Jan. 24. The Special Master will present his recommendations to the court on Feb. 12 before Superior Court Judge Michael C. Gaus makes his decision on the motions Feb. 14.