Affordable Housing Plan Approved at Springfield Township Committee Meeting

Attorney Bruce Bergen Credits: Bruce Bergen's Facebook Page

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - At the most recent Springfield Township Committee meeting Affordable Housing Attorney Bruce Bergen explained the final step in getting Springfield Township’s Affordable Housing Plan approved. He summarized by noting that this approval brings Springfield into compliance with the Court.

The final step started with an ordinance that amended the Affordable Housing Zoning Districts, Affordable Housing Standards and fee ordinance. That coupled with a Resolution updating new policies made it possible to effectuate the Conditional Declaratory Judgment. To quote Mr. Bergen,”the passing of these two documents together answer all the questions and a final declaratory judgment when it is issued should protect us until July of 2025”.

The first project to bring new affordable units to Springfield is Morris Center LLC . The project was approved by the Planning Board at the end of last year with approval to build 140 units, 21 of which will be affordable housing units. Under new construction rules, if the units are rental ones,15% must be set aside as affordable units. If the units are sold, 20% must be set aside. These units are then divided equally between low and moderate standards. To qualify for low income, gross household income must be less than or equal to 50% of the median income. Moderate is less than 80 % of median income.

Two more developments are in the planning stages providing Springfield with a core of new housing and retail shops in the downtown area along Morris Ave.

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