SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith hosted Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the incoming president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, to discuss various legislative solutions to the current court-driven affordable housing process.

All three mayors understand the need for affordable housing and are dedicated to providing affordable housing in their communities for low and moderate-income families, seniors, Millennials, veterans, and those with special needs and other groups.

"It is clear we need to pursue legislative reforms to make the process fairer for municipalities and prevent overdevelopment," said Mayor Smith. "The current court-driven process has created challenges in the areas of infrastructure, public transportation, schools, traffic, open space, and safety that are not adequately being addressed."

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This is the beginning of a bipartisan effort of mayors in conjunction with the New Jersey League of Municipalities to propose legislation that will provide affordable housing in an efficient and effective manner while allowing mayors to guide the process for their towns and regions.

Smith, Hannen, and Mahr stand ready to work with Governor Murphy, the NJ State Legislature, other mayors, and residents to develop bipartisan legislative solutions. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.