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Thursday, August 28, 1986 CRANFORD CHRONICLE Page ? Page 6 CRANFORD CHRONICLE Thursday, August 28, 1986

planner outlines town's situation under fair share' affordable?housing rules
j By ANGELA CATILLO either develops the land for high den- residents to only those who could af There are two land sites in Crap- sity housing himself, or Re )i s it to a ford to pay for the land. fofefthat coufifbe considered for low developer. "In my opinion Cranford does not ' * anjd moderate income housing. do that," Moskowitz told the board. Moskowitz explained the process He also explained that the township Hcjwever, the probability of developini; one of the sites--the Conservation established to build low and may qualify for credits against the Cejnter--seems remote, according to moderate income housing, which 429 objigated units for post-1980 housH4rvey Moskowitz, the township came about as a result of the state ing that meets low and moderate inSupreme Court's Mt. Laurel deci- come standards, including the planning consultant. sions and the state legislature's Fair 131-unit Edward K. Gill Apartments The two sites includethe 30 acres Housing Act, passed last year. If a for senior citizens, and 148 homes atjthe township owned center, and 21 developer owns enough land and can rehabilitated for low income acres of. land in the township that is prove by aiaw suit that a municipali- residents through federal Communiowned by Hyatt Clark Industries. ty has not provided its "fair share" of ty Development funds under Section Mbskowjtz has told the Planning affordable housing units, he could be 8 regulations. B^ard at a July meeting that he did granted permission to construct such A recommendation has been made not believe "the town can be forced to units on a piece of property not use municipally-owned land for low originally zoned for high density to the CAH that could limit credits for axi/A moderate income housing!" His housing. The CAH, which has deter- subsidized senior citizen housing to associate, Fred Heyer, affirmed that mined Cranford's 'fair share' to be 20 percent of a municipality's total view in a presentation to the 429 low and moderate income units, obligation, or 86 units in Cranford's was established by the Fair Housing case. (See story on Page ). Township Committee this week. In Union County, a family of four Moskowitz did warn, however, that Act to hear Mt. Laurel cases. thfe state Council on Affordable HousIf a builder can prove his case, he must earn-less than $28,240 to qualify ing(CAH) may "turn around and say is granted a "builder's remedy" for moderate-income housing, and 'y«u have 30 acres in the Conserva- which allows him to build a specific less than $17,650 for low-income houstion Centerrwiry not use some of it for number of_units,with -20 percent of ing. Home prices and rentsjire deter~ higher density housing,' some of the total "set aside" for low and mined^y^family'slncomeTTnd'cap equipment including mowers and snowlimits are placed on the resale price A mini-roundhouse: a structure that will-serve wtyich would be low and moderate in- moderate income housing. blowers will be stored there along with excess of an affordable-housing unit, so that the Edward K. Gill Apartments for senior cohie units." High density housing inappliances. Photo by Greg Price. For exampTe if he were allowed to residents cannot make a "windfall citizens as a combination storage and cludes condominiums, townhouses build eight units per acre of property, profit," Moskowitz explained. anil apartments. workshop facility rises off Meeker Ave. Heavy Moskowitz also said that if the and he owned 10 acres, he could build township decides to sell the Conser- 80 units, setting aside 16 for low_and Vi^tlbh Cenlef, "uhless yOU'caii make -fflodwata-income-ccsideats, and.sella case that it only can be used for ing the remaining 64 at a fair market single family houses, and the land is price. new "fair share" housing re- mendation, if adopted, would not pre- underwrite the second complex, after By ANGELA CATILLO suitable for higher density housing, Douglas Nordstrom, mayor, said quirements. That could be altered by vent seniors from occupying affor- being turned down twice before. He Moskowitz explained the ruling is thfen I think high density housing will intended to prevent municipalities this week that a possible limit on the a recommendation pending before dable hbusing units, but it would pre- added that some revisions have been ha ve to include low and moderate in- from using zoning power to exclude number, of senior citizen housing the state Council on Affordable Hous- vent a municipality from gaining made in the new application, and the come units." low and moderate incorh'e residents. units that can be used to satisfy low ing (CAH) that would limit credits credit for units that are specifically township expects to be notified on the age restricted. , . availability of funds by October, if The biggest danger Cranford could By requiring "two or three acres" to and moderate income housing obliga- for senior citizen housing to 20 perthe Application is denied, he said, the. Nordstrom said that the pranford cent ofa municipality's "fair share!' tions will not affect the township's efbuild a one family house a fa :e, he continued, is if a "large inBoard has submitted a third township will pursue private funding dustry goes bust" and the owner municipality could effectively limit fort to build a second senior citizen obligation to provide affordable hous- Housing application for federal funding to for the project. ing for residents. housing complex. * Under such a situation, Cranford "Regardless of that (the possible limit), I think we need a second -woulcl only be able to gain a credit for Lori Lew has been appointed depu- municipal auditor for the accounting unit," Nordstrom said. "Our needs 86 units against its 429 total obligaty.; treasurer in the Finance Depart- firm of Nisivoccia & Gilbert in Ran- are different than other towns," he tion under the new "fair share" rement of the township government. dolph, where she served as a senior added. "Our needs are probably for quirements, and any units from a seSHe has been comptroller of SBA auditor for municipal and school seniors first and young people se- cond housing complex would not be counted. cond." Advertising in New York City for the board audits. ' The 131-unit, rent-subsidized Edpa"st three years. Fred Heyer, a township planning She is an honors graduate of ward K. Gill Apartments currently A versatile red wine, suited for consultant, told the Township ComLew, 33, was previously director of Fairleigh Dickinson University houses approximately 155 seniors, luncheons, picnics or other light mittee this week that the CAH is only automation for Netcomm Inc. in where she earned a B.A. in accoun- and 400 more are on the waiting list to mealslj;in the Beaujolais tradition. considering the 20 percent eligibility Manhattan, and a senior business ting, and lives in East Brunswick. get in. This wine may be served chilled. '4.29 rule. Nordstrom responded that the analyst for Microdata Corp. in Union At the same time, the township has township was opposed to the proShe succeeds Tom Grady, who was before that. She spent a year as comdecided to use its existing and addi- posal. promoted finance director and ^Nf ptroller for Fashion Walls Inc. in tional senior :housing units to GIFT BASKETS The CAH is expected to act on the Edison. From 1977 to 1980 she was a treasurer. demonstrate its commitment to the recommendation at its Sept. 8 For All Occasions meeting. Sidna Mitchell, a spokesman for CAH, said the recomSpecializing in the Finest Wines, Liquors, Beer & Co'd | a ' 5

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