The bill, sponsored by Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts, would ultimately abolish a town’s use of Regional Contribution Agreements (RCAs), among other things.
RCAs, from what I’ve gathered, are often used by a town to “pass along” its obligation assigned by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH).
Middletown is a major user of RCAs, even known as the state’s number-one “abuser” of the tool, according to several sources I’ve spoken to. (Visit The Courier online to read recent coverage regarding Bill A500 and Middletown’s use of RCAs.)
It’s a touchy subject in Monmouth County, especially when considering the situation that recently surfaced regarding a Builder’s Remedy lawsuit between Middletown and Lakewood.
I have been in touch with M’town Public Info Officer Cindy Herrschaft to make an appointment with Township Administrator Tony Mercantante, the township’s former COAH liaison.
There are several things I want to discuss with him. Hopefully I can report some solid numbers at a later date, given I’m granted time with the administrator.
For now, we wait to hear from Trenton. The situation could change drastically within the next 24 hours. Needless to say, the bill’s effects would be felt statewide.
Check back for possible live updates during tomorrow’s Senate session.
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