TRENTON, NJ - Following the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling on affordable housing, Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) has again called for the legislature to take the lead in passing comprehensive affordable housing reform.

“This decision only provides our towns with even more confusion about how this process should work,” Bateman said. “This is only going to cost them more time and money to determine exactly what their additional requirements are. We won’t break this cycle until the legislature acts to bring on comprehensive affordable housing reform.”

The Jan. 18 ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court requires towns to meet the present need of households that arose during the “gap period” of 1999-2015. However, the court stated that it welcomed input from the legislature on alternate methods for calculating and assigning a municipal share of affordable housing.

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Bateman is the sponsor of legislation that would allow towns to administer their own affordable housing obligations, giving every municipality the flexibility and autonomy to make their own decisions.

“I’ve been saying all along that the legislature should be the ones making decisions on affordable housing,” Bateman said. “The chaos and delays we’ve experienced in the wake of leaving these rulings to the courts are unacceptable. We need to establish a common sense plan to give our communities the ability to decide for themselves what works best.”