Governor Issues Conditional Veto of Bill Allowing Conversion of Age Restricted Housing Developments.

May 28th, 2009 | Posted by: Christopher DeGrezia 0| comments:

Age RestrictedOn May 4, 2009, Governor Corzine returned Senate Bill No 2577 back to the Senate with recommendations, indicating that he was concerned that the “bill does not go far enough in ensuring the provision of housing for those whose needs the private market has not addressed, and further recommend providing local governmental units with additional approval authority in matters of planning for residential developments.” The bill, as discussed in a prior post, would permit the conversion of age-restricted housing developments to non-age restricted  housing developments under certain circumstances.  In application, it would make modifications to the municipalities affordable housing requirements.  The Governor’s specific recommendation are:

Page 4, Section 3, Line 22: After “agrees that” delete “an amount not exceeding”
Page 5, Section 4, Line 41: Insert a new subsection 4(c), to read as follows: “c. If the approving board determines that the requirements of P.L., c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill) have been satisfied, and the conversion can be granted without substantial detriment to the public good and will not substantially impair the intent and purpose of the zone plan and zoning ordinance, the application for the conversion shall be approved.”
Page 8, Section 11, Lines 32-35: After “the court shall consider” delete “whether the applicant complied with the criteria contained in section 3 and section 4 of P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill). Upon finding that the criteria have been satisfied” and insert “the reasonableness of the decision of the approving board. Upon finding that the conversion should have been approved”.

 The Bill will be considered again by the State Legislature.  Links:
 Bill No. 2577  
 Conditional Vito  

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