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Facebook Live Event By Woodland Park Mayor To Focus On Affordable Housing

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Woodland Park has identified the Kearfott site on McBride Avenue for potential development. Kearfott has said it will be vacating the space within the next two years. Credits: Google Maps
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WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Mayor Keith Kazmark will host a Facebook Live Town Hall on the affordable housing settlement decision on Monday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

Watch from anywhere by connecting to www.facebook.com/keith.kazmark.3. If you can’t make it, the video will be published to the Mayor’s page so you can watch it at a later date. Questions and concerns can be submitted ahead of the event to publicinfo@wpnj.us.

Kazmark will detail the complex issue of the settlement decision and provide a clear explanation of the plan in place to meet the obligation placed upon the Borough by the courts, the impact on the community and the real potential development numbers.

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“We will deal in facts, not hype, on this extremely important issue,” he noted.

Woodland Park has reached a settlement that has set its affordable housing obligations. A number of sites in the Borough have been identified for potential development: the Kearfott site on McBride Avenue, Kearfott’s parking lot next to Lackawanna Avenue, and the Bank of America location off Rifle Camp Road.

The State Supreme Court had ruled in early 2017 that New Jersey municipalities must plan now to add roughly 150,000 housing affordable units over the next decade.

Towns must take into consideration the need for housing that existed between 1999 and 2015. Municipalities had not received guidance on how to create and maintain affordable housing during that period. The court took over regulation of the state's affordable housing in 2015 after the state Council on Affordable Housing failed to adopt new rules in 1999. In 2015, the courts ruled for towns to manage these needs, and state judiciary has overseen affordable housing obligations since.

Through the Supreme Court’s ruling, affordable housing obligations focus on the construction of new affordable housing communities, as well as preservation and rehabilitation of existing properties.

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