RARITAN TWP., N.J. – A public hearing on revisions to the township’s affordable housing ordinance was scheduled for Tuesday.
The ordinance, introduced during the township committee’s Jan. 21 meeting, is part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit with the Fair Share Housing Center. The hearing and a vote on the proposed revisions will take place at the municipal building.
Under the terms of the settlement approved by the committee last June, amendments to the township’s affordable housing ordinances will comply with the settlement to be introduced and adopted by the committee within 120 days of approval from Superior Court.
Mayor Jeff Juhl said the court has signed off on the settlement, which requires revising the township ordinances to come into compliance with the Mt. Laurel Fair Housing Litigation, and extended a hearing date to Feb. 6.
“The settlement, through July 2025, protects the township from all Mt. Laurel lawsuits,” he said.
The township was among several municipalities that were taken to court by the Cherry Hill-based organization after the state Council on Affordable Housing failed to enforce affordable housing requirements. A 2015 ruling from the state Supreme Court forced municipalities to settle with the organization.
Other parts of the settlement include adopting a “Housing Element and Fair Share Plan.” The goal of the plan is to realistically address the housing needs of residents across all income levels.
The settlement is similar to ones for other municipalities, and requires municipalities to come into compliance with state law.