Medford Joins Appeal of State COAH Regulations Today, Medford Township joined the New Jersey State League of Municipalities and dozens of individual communities in appealing the regulations adopted by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) on June 2, 2008. The new regulations impose an arbitrary and unrealistic burden on municipalities throughout the state, and in particular communities like Medford. These new regulations impose a so-called “growth share” affordable housing obligation on Medford of 328 affordable housing units.
This unreasonable and unjustifiable burden has been placed on Medford despite the Township’s long history of good faith compliance with its COAH requirements, having fully satisfied its First and Second Round affordable housing obligations. Further, Medford has created affordable housing opportunities within the Township, as evidenced by Council’s recent support for the MEND affordable senior project, the Medford Leas Creekside project, and its commitment to renovation of the historic Singer House for use as supportive housing.
COAH’s arbitrary and poorly-considered determination that Medford has a prospective affordable housing obligation of 328 units ignores issues such as lack of sewer capacity, which has been recognized by the New Jersey Supreme Court, the restraints on development imposed by other state agencies, such as the Office of Smart Growth, DEP and the Pinelands Commission, and encourages the wasteful extension of infrastructure improvements.