Senator Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May and Cumberland, makes a comment at a joint hearing of the Senate Environment Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee in Toms River on off-shore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals off the Jersey coast and public access to New Jersey’s beaches.

04 Mar: Van Drew Bill Would Reform Affordable Housing Laws

TRENTON – Sen. Jeff Van Drew along with his Assembly colleagues is sponsoring an omnibus bill that would significantly change New Jersey’s affordable housing laws, making homes available to people who need them while giving towns more flexibility in meeting their housing obligations.

“It’s been more than three decades since the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Mount Laurel decision on exclusionary zoning,” Senator Van Drew said today. “It’s clear the laws that have been enacted in response to that decision been more successful in building a thicket of rules and regulations than in building affordable housing. Though created with the best of intentions, the system New Jersey has now doesn’t work nearly as well as it should. It’s time to fix it.”