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Daily Record – “The Assembly should pass the Senate's bill to eliminate COAH.”

COAH is still a mess
Daily Record
October 12, 2010



The state's Council on Affordable Housing has been in the crosshairs for some time now.



After the election of Gov. Chris Christie, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed a bill to abolish COAH, which grew out of the state's Mt. Laurel Supreme Court decision in 1975. But the Assembly hasn't acted.

Last week, an appeals court threw out the latest round of COAH rules and regulations. If that doesn't compel action in the Assembly, it's hard to see what will.



The court ruling last week gave COAH five months to devise new rules. We hope it never has to do that.



If COAH is abolished, municipalities would make their own decisions in regard to how many affordable housing units they need as opposed to following a state mandate. The difference in this approach is that housing decisions will be made by those who know a town best — local officials.



The Assembly should pass the Senate's bill to eliminate COAH.



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