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Affordable Housing Information

On March 10, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a ruling which removed the approval of municipal planning for the provision of affordable housing within the municipality from the Council on Affordable Housing to the judiciary.

Municipalities which desired to continue participate, as the Borough of Watchung has, in the affordable housing process had until July 8, 2015 to file with the judiciary.

Affordable Housing Midpoint Review Report

On March 10, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a ruling which removed the approval of municipal planning for the provision of affordable housing within the municipality from the Council on Affordable Housing to the judiciary.

Municipalities which desired to continue participate, as the Borough of Watchung has, in the affordable housing process had until July 8, 2015 to file with the judiciary.

The following are the Borough of Watchung’s Legal Notice and filing:

1. Legal Notice

2. Complaint for Declaratory Judgment

3. Notice of Motion for a Grant of Temporary Immunity from Exclusionary Zoning Litigation

4. Brief in Support of Motion

5. Certification in Support of Motion

6. Proof of Publication of Legal Notice

7. Declaratory Judgment Action on Motion for Temporary Immunity - Order and Decision

8. Notice for Motion to Extend Temporary Immunity

9. Brief in Support of a Motion for an Extension

10. Certification in Support of Motion for an Extension

11. Preliminary Decision Granting Motion to Extend Temporary Immunity and Time to
Submit Expert report

12. Order Granting Extension of Temp Immunity to Watchung

13. Judge Miller’s Decision On Grant Of Extension Of Temporary Immunity

14. Letter to Judge Thomas C. Miller, dated November 30, 2015, regarding Matrix Form

15. Letter to Judge Thomas C. Miller, dated November 30, 2015, regarding Pre-Trial Submission

16. Letter brief to Judge Thomas C. Miller, dated January 11, 2016, regarding affordable housing compliance issues.

17. Econsult Solutions, LLC, Affordable Housing and Need Obligations Report,
revised December 30, 2015.

18. Letter to Judge Miller dated April 8, 2016 regarding experts

19. Order Extending Immunity to February 28, 2017

20. Order Extending Temporary Immunity until June 30, 2018

21. May 3, 2018 Council Meeting / Presentation of Proposed Plan

22. May 17, 2018 Council Meeting / Presentation by Borough’s Planners

23. May 17, 2018 – Press Release

24. Statement and Map / East Drive – September 2015

25. Resolution Authorizing Preliminary Investigation / East Drive – September 2015

26. Preliminary Investigation Report / East Drive – September 2015

27. Settlement Agreement – Fair Share Housing Center – June 2018

28. Resolution Authorizing Preliminary Investigation / Bonnie Burn Rd – June 2018

29. Authorizing Escrow Agreement / BNE-Watchung, LLC – June 2018

30. Authorizing Expansion of Professional Service Agreements / Maser Consulting, Mark Healey – June 2018

31. Amended Order Extending Immunity, June 2018

32. Notice of Fairness Hearing, August 9, 2018

33. Report of Special Master / Re: Settlement Agreement

34. Watchung Order on Fairness and Preliminary Compliance Hearing Entered by Judge Miller

35. Order Setting Income Limits for Affordable Housing for the Borough of Watchung

36. ORD 18/17 AN ORDINANCE THAT AMENDS THE BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG LOW AND MODERATE INCOME ACCESSORY APARTMENT REQUIREMENTS TO PARTIALLY MEET THE BOROUGH’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING OBLIGATIONS, TO PROVIDE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL OF LOW AND MODERATE INCOME ACCESSORY APARTMENTS INSTEAD OF CONDITIONAL USE APPROVAL AND SETTING FORTH APPLICABLE REQUIREMENTS, PROCEDURE AND PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION.

37. ORD 18/18 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT CHAPTER XXVIII, ENTITLED "LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS OF THE BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG" TO ESTABLISH A ROUTE 22 AFFORDABLE HOUSING OVERLAY DISTRICT.

38. ORD 18/19 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT CHAPTER XXVIII, ENTITLED "LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS OF THE BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG" TO ESTABLISH MANDATORY AFFORDABLE HOUSING SET-ASIDE

39. ORD 18/20 AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING A "REDEVELOPMENT PLAN" FOR A NON-CONDEMNATION AREA IN NEED OF REDEVELOPMENT CONSISTING OF BLOCK 7402, LOTS 19.01 AND 19.02 AND BLOCK 7403, LOTS 5 AND 10 AND FURTHER IDENTIFIED AS THE “BONNIE BURN ROAD REDEVELOPMENT AREA”, AS SHOWN ON THE BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG TAX MAP IN ACCORDANCE WITH N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-7.

40. Declaratory Judgment Action and Order Extending Immunity

41. Housing Element and Fair Share Plan 2019

42. Housing Element and Fair Share Plan Appendix

43. Housing Element & Fair Share Plan, Appendix I and II (Draft)

44. Housing Element & Fair Share Plan, Appendix I and II (Final)

45. ORD 19/05 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE OR:18/20, ADOPTING A "REDEVELOPMENT PLAN" FOR A NON-CONDEMNATION AREA IN NEED OF REDEVELOPMENT CONSISTING OF BLOCK 7402, LOTS 19.01 AND 19.02 AND BLOCK 7403, LOTS 5 AND 10 AND FURTHER IDENTIFIED AS THE "BONNIE BURN ROAD REDEVELOPMENT AREA", AS SHOWN ON THE BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG TAX MAP IN ACCORDANCE WITH N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-7.

46. Preliminary Investigation Report

47. ORD 19/09  “AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG, COUNTY OF SOMERSET, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, CREATING THE SOMERSET STREET/WATCHUNG AVENUE AFFORDABLE HOUSING OVERLAY DISTRICT BY AMENDING SECTION 28-301, TITLED ‘ZONING DISTRICTS’, SECTION 28-302, TITLED ‘ZONING MAP’, AND ADDING A NEW SECTION, SECTION 28-419, TITLED ‘SOMERSET STREET/WATCHUNG AVENUE AFFORDABLE HOUSING OVERLAY DISTRICT’, TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH”.

48. ORD 19/10 “AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG, COUNTY OF SOMERSET, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, REPEALING A PORTION OF SECTION 28-301, TITLED ‘ZONING DISTRICTS’, SECTION 28-302, TITLED ‘ZONING MAP’, AS EACH APPLIES TO THE ‘“O-C” OFFICE BUSINESS/CONFERENCE CENTER OVERLAY DISTRICT’ AND REPEALING SECTION 28-410, TITLED ‘“O-C” BUSINESS/CONFERENCE CENTER OVERLAY DISTRICT’ OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH".

49. ORD 19/11 “AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG, COUNTY OF SOMERSET, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, REPEALING ARTICLE 28-1000, TITLED ‘AFFORDABLE HOUSING’, OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH, AND REPLACING WITH A NEW ARTICLE 28-1000, TITLED ‘AFFORDABLE HOUSING’, AND REPEALING SECTION 28-402Z, TITLED ‘AFFORDABLE HOUSING GROWTH SHARE’”.

50. ORD 19/12 “AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG, COUNTY OF SOMERSET, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, AMENDING ARTICLE 28-300, TITLED ‘ZONING DISTRICTS AND ZONING MAP’, SECTION 28-302, TITLED ‘ZONING MAP’, OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH TO ADOPT A NEW ZONING MAP”.

51. ORD 19/13 “AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG, COUNTY OF SOMERSET, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, AMENDING ARTICLE 28-1100, TITLED ‘AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FEES’, SPECIFICALLY SECTION 28-1102, TITLED ‘DEFINITIONS’, AND SECTION 28-1108, TITLED ‘MONITORING’, OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH”.

52. Final Judgment of Compliance and Repose / 1987 - 2025


Affordable Housing Midpoint Review Report (The attached Midpoint Affordable Housing Review is posted in accordance with the Borough’s settlement of its affordable housing litigation, In the Matter of the Borough of Watchung, SOM-l-902-15. Any interested party may submit comments to the municipality, with a copy to the Fair Share Housing Center, regarding whether any sites noted in the Midpoint Review no longer present a realistic opportunity and should be replaced. Any interested party may, by motion, request a hearing before the court regarding these issues.)

Affordable Housing Update - Notice to Residents

Housing Rehabilitation Program

Foreclosure Assistance- Get No-Cost Help from a HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency

Planning Board - CASE NO. PB 19-01; BONNIE BURN