SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Township Council has reached a settlement with PPF Industrial, an LLC that filed a civil action lawsuit against the township over affordable housing development in 2017. The agreement was reached yesterday, October 8th, 2020, and a Fairness Hearing has been scheduled before the Middlesex County Superior Courts to determine if the settlement reached is fair and equitable to low and moderate income households.
PPF Industrial, LLC is the owner of approximately 133.4 acres of land in the South Brunswick Township located near Route 130/Exit 8A. The LLC filed a lawsuit against the township in 2017, claiming the town’s zoning ordinances fail to create a realistic opportunity for affordable housing.
The lawsuit claimed that the council was not meeting the obligations of the state’s ‘Mount Laurel Doctrine,’ New Jersey’s Supreme Court decision which requires municipalities to provide affordable housing through zoning amendments.
According to a letter from Don Sears, the township’s Law Director, the settlement will provide approximately 3 acres of commercial development at the intersection of Route 130 and Friendship Road. The settlement will also provide for the construction of up to 326 housing units on the remaining undeveloped area, 30% shall be set aside for very-low, low and moderate income households. This will consist of 98 two-story townhomes, 130 three-story townhomes, and 83 affordable family rental apartments according to the letter.
On September 22nd, 2020, the township council approved an ordinance to rezone the area near Route 130 for inclusionary subzoning. Over the past year, the council has rezoned multiple parts of the township due to a 2016 court order for more affordable housing in South Brunswick. The township will go before the Middlesex County Superior Court for a compliance hearing on October 20th, 2020.
The hearing will be held virtually in November 2020, an exact date has not been finalized according to Mr. Sears. Details of the hearing will be available on the South Brunswick website in the upcoming weeks.