Policy Briefing: NJ’s Complicated Affordable Housing Policies: Considering the Alternatives
October 17, 2014
8:30 to 11:30 AM
Thomas Edison State College
101 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
COAH is in the midst of its third attempt at making rules for the “third round,” which began in 1999! The two previous attempts (in 2004 and 2008) were overturned by the courts. The Supreme Court has already been requested to short-circuit the current rule proposal before COAH even adopts it. Given the quagmire of this recent history of COAH proposals and litigation in NJ, maybe it’s time to review how other states are facilitating affordable housing production and to consider how their experiences could reshape New Jersey’s approach.
Leading the discussion is Rachel Bratt, Professor Emirita of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, author of Rebuilding a Low-Income Housing Policy and co-editor of Critical Perspectives on Housing and A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda. She will highlight affordable housing strategies from other states and assess their applicability in New Jersey. Two response panels will follow her remarks. The first panel, consisting of planners and housing advocates, will discuss key trends, policy principles, and what could work in New Jersey. The second panel will feature housing developers and a local official to ground the discussion in real world experiences. There will be ample time for questions and answers.
8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome – Ann Brady, PlanSmart NJ
9:05 Rachel Bratt, Professor Emerita, Tufts University – Model Affordable Housing Policies and How Applicable to New Jersey Presentation
9:40 Response Panel: Conditions in New Jersey
- Philip B. Caton, FAICP, Principal, Clarke Caton Hintz, – Moderator
- Alan Mallach, FAICP, Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress – Key Trends and the Realities in New Jersey Presentation
- David Kinsey, Ph.D., FAICP, Partner, Kinsey & Hand – What Policies Make Sense for New Jersey Presentation
- Adam Gordon, Staff Attorney, Fair Share Housing – An Advocates Perspective Presentation
10:25 Real World Challenges and Opportunities
- Creigh Rahenkamp, AICP, Planner, CRA, LLC – Moderator
- The Honorable Liz Lempert, Mayor, Princeton – Mayor’s Perspective Presentation
- Theresa Reed, Vice President, Community Investment Strategies – 100% Affordable Housing
- Dave Fisher, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, K. Hovnanian Homes – Inclusionary Development
11:10 Q & A
11:30 Closing Remarks – Ann Brady, PlanSmart NJ
We have applied for AICP and NJ CLE credits.
We will gladly refund reservations until two weeks before the event.